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Never Greener by Ruth Jones
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Never Greener (edition 2018)

by Ruth Jones (Author)

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'Ruth Jones is excellent on human nature and why we make the mistakes we do. I felt for every character. Unputdownable.' Jojo Moyes ***** In her unmissable debut, actress and screenwriter Ruth Jones shows us the dangers of trying to recapture that which was once lost and failing to realise the beauty of what we already have. ***** 'We spend most of our lives wishing we were somewhere else or someone else, or looking forward or harping back. Always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. But it never is. It's still grass. Just a different patch of it, that's all.' ***** The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up. When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she'd never get over it. Seventeen years later, life has moved on - Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife Belinda are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all. But then Kate meets Callum again. And they are faced with a choice- to walk away from each other . . . or to risk finding out what might have been. Second chances are a rare gift in life. But that doesn't mean they should always be taken . . . ***** 'I love books about gnarly, messy relationships and this one kept me gripped from the beginning. A great read.' Jane Fallon 'Heart-rending, provocative and astutely written, Never Greeneris a love story about getting what you want and losing everything you need. Ruth's characters will stay with me for a long time.' Cathy Bramley… (more)
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This was an exceptionally easy read, in the sense of being a page-turner and I raced though it. In the end though, this story of two marriages cracked asunder by a tempestuous affair left me a little unsatisfied. I had no real feel for the characters involved . I never really understood why Kate was so damaged, or what sort of a person her husband Matt and lover Callum were. I wanted to know more about Callum's wife Belinda. I wasn't sure what part Hetty and her unsatisfactory love life played in the story. Nevertheless, the story engaged me and was a perfect read after a series of more challenging reading experiences. ( )
  Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
I enjoyed this book. Why? Because it reminded me of someone, someone who is so stuck in my head, someone that since I started this book I've dreamt about every night. I didn't have an affair with this someone, personally I think people who have affairs are reprehensible, probably because I'm a child of a broken marriage. However, it's nice to imagine what might have been. ( )
  theBookDevourer211 | Jan 27, 2023 |
I really loved this book. I thought the writing was magnificent and how the story was told. Could not put it down! ( )
  thewestwing | Aug 12, 2022 |
Love hate feelings for this book. I liked the way the characters were described, they felt real enough and they had interesting dialogue, but the storyline just wasn’t my thing. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
This was a bit more chic lit than books I normally read but I really enjoyed it
I listened to the audio version and found the narrator to be very good ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
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'Ruth Jones is excellent on human nature and why we make the mistakes we do. I felt for every character. Unputdownable.' Jojo Moyes ***** In her unmissable debut, actress and screenwriter Ruth Jones shows us the dangers of trying to recapture that which was once lost and failing to realise the beauty of what we already have. ***** 'We spend most of our lives wishing we were somewhere else or someone else, or looking forward or harping back. Always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. But it never is. It's still grass. Just a different patch of it, that's all.' ***** The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up. When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she'd never get over it. Seventeen years later, life has moved on - Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife Belinda are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all. But then Kate meets Callum again. And they are faced with a choice- to walk away from each other . . . or to risk finding out what might have been. Second chances are a rare gift in life. But that doesn't mean they should always be taken . . . ***** 'I love books about gnarly, messy relationships and this one kept me gripped from the beginning. A great read.' Jane Fallon 'Heart-rending, provocative and astutely written, Never Greeneris a love story about getting what you want and losing everything you need. Ruth's characters will stay with me for a long time.' Cathy Bramley

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