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Rainy Day Women [Read] ➵ Rainy Day Women By Jane Yardley – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk It is 1971 hippies hot pants and extraordinary footwear Jo is fifteen and there is something very wrong at home The house an architectural oddity built by an eighteenth century madman always had a lif It is hippies hot pants and extraordinary footwear Jo is fifteen and there is something very wrong at home The house an architectural oddity built by an eighteenth century madman always had a life of its Rainy Day MOBI :Ê own but now its sinister goings on are getting worse The capable Jo has always coped with her eccentric family but they're getting worse too and where are her parents As the Red House crumbles around them she and her best friend Frankie are determined to solve the mystery so Jo's family can start an ordinary life But along comes the devastatingly attractive Florian folk singer and opportunist to cause a chaos all his own.

7 thoughts on “Rainy Day Women

  1. PrettyFlamingo PrettyFlamingo says:

    I enjoyed this retro set coming of age tale but it was a very curious blend of strange characters weird ideas musical references and a uniue heroine 15 year old Jo lives with her dysfunctional family in 1971 Essex The Starkey family consists of parents who are respectively workaholic and alcoholic and Jo’s three bizarre brothers The house is falling apart around their ears the parents seem to be always missing in action and a romantic hero appears to cause problems between Jo and her best mate Frankie So far so I Capture the Castle Oh I forgot the poltergeist The family are trying to sell The Red House but all the weird goings on from the resident ghost send prospective buyers running down the path as if the hounds of hell are after them Or at least kids playing a practical joke “a plastic snake went for his willy” In fact the house seems to be a living entity all on its own and nobody knows what is going on Jo and Frankie are convinced that as one of the neighbours’ daughters disappeared some years ago she has returned to haunt the place The parents are never there leaving eldest son Geoffrey and ghastly wife Angela with her little brat of a son Angus who causes all sorts of chaos not least for the fabulous family cat Elvis to supervise the house viewings The love interest Florian is a complete crackpot of a folk singer Messing around with Jo Frankie and other women simultaneously he then seems to take rather an interest in Jo’s brother Taruin a prog rock god which is when the reason for his attentiveness to the girls becomes obviously clear I did like the numerous musical references and the uirky humour and I loved the descriptions of the music nights at the local pub that they were all far too young to be at in the first place Jo was a brilliant narrator even if she did seem far too sophisticated and clever for her 15 years I didn’t care for all the mathematical euations and code cracking that Jo carries out along with maths genius brother Timothy in order to find out the truth about the poltergeist but the outcome to this is very poignant and not at all what I expected There are some comical scenes but some of these these are wrapped around some distasteful behaviour by one of the neighbours and whilst these were funny on the face of it I wasn’t entirely comfortable with what was actually going on This is a mix of a novel coming of age mystery tale haunted house story and retro read I liked it

  2. Sarah Sarah says:

    I tried to like this but its strange mix of coming of age and murders did not work for me

  3. Helen Helen says:

    Closer to 2 than 4 stars Meh This could have been a lot better Some good ideas interesting characters and settings But also loads of shite that really should have been edited out I also was looking forward to a sense of the 70s and that didn’t come across at all Another reviewer mentioned I Capture The Castle yes that’s exactly what it reminded me of but only inasmuch as it wasn’t anywhere near as good A shame as I’d really liked JY’s Painting Ruby Tuesday and was hoping for something eually as good

  4. Dardenitaaa Dardenitaaa says:

    Every once in a while we come across a book that does not necessarily suck but is not stellar beyond imagination either We don’t hate it but of course not hating a book does not automatically translate to loving it I felt that way about ‘Rainy Day Women’ by Jane YardleyIt’s in fact a very good read—a well told story about a super smart sixteen year old heroine with a distinct voice The setting of the story is also charming in a uirky kind of way; she’s the only girl among four children—a family of geniuses living in a haunted house during 70’s era That premise is golden right? So where exactly did it fall short and why am I only giving it three stars?I don’t blame the book It’s an honest to goodness classic ‘it’s not you book it’s me’ scenario I finished the book in just a day which says a lot about how zippy the narrative was but I guess I just probably wasn’t in the right mood for it that day To be completely fair I really have no major issues about the story because as far as plot is concerned it met all my expectations I even think the ending was terrific and that gets a lot of brownie points in my book Also Jo Starkey our heroine says things like“On and on and on—controlled and deliberate the exercise of a guitarist’s practiced fingers; to want someone so bad you could beg Gagging for it The plots of novels the lyrics of torch songs the sound of singers weeping into a mike So it was all true then—it sucked the power from you flooded your brain Eventually something happened to me that bleached out even these thoughts; a long creamy tickly sensation that made my limbs shudder something partly pleasant and partly not totally outside my control So it was true then He laughed softly into my hair You might argue that rating a book should solely consist of its content’s merit and that’s an excellent point I am however the kind of reviewer who includes the entirety of the reading experience in evaluating how good a book is I believe that along with the strength of storytelling we should also consider barometers of how much we’ve enjoyed reading the story itself—Was the story compelling enough for me to care about the characters? Was it so memorable that I couldn’t stop thinking what happened to them even after the book ended? Was my mind blown? Will the book make me gush gibberish when I sit down to write a review for it? Will I shove this book down the throats of my friends and shamelessly tell them that they need to read this book before they die?Sure I probably am harsh and might be asking too much of this book but this has always been my definition of an excellent read How nice it would be if we live in a black and white world where books are really just either terrible or outstanding Sadly there will always be books falling in between the gray areas And there will always be days when readers can get really too demanding on the books they read but at the end of the day a great book shouldn’t really fail under that excuse right? So I’m not closing my door on this one Someday I might pick up Rainy Day Women again and give it another shot—who knows? When that time comes I might probably laugh out loud at how wrong this review post wasUntil we meet each other again in the future book See you when I’m a better reader

  5. Hilary Tesh Hilary Tesh says:

    They say don't they that if you remember the '60s you weren't there Well I was too young to appreciate the sixties being 15 in 1970 but I can definitely state that Jane Yardley captures the early 1970s accurately and vividly Folk music with people with one finger stuck in their ear weird progressive rock emanating from her spaced out brother's bedroom hot pants maxi dresses and and scholl sandalsand a teenage angst from Jo and her friends that rings all too true for the times All this is combined with an architectural wonder of a house that's crumbling round them disconnected parents unbearable visiting relations odd brothers and a possible poltergeist It's a crazy scenario but in this author's expert hands the elements combine into a romp of a read

  6. Katie In The Hat Katie In The Hat says:

    The only book that seemed worth reading in the Cringleford mobile library In the end I really enjoyed it and I loved the musical references It is a book for people who love the music of that era late 60s if memory serves and the fashions of that era when hippy skirts and bare feet walked round with hot pants and hot pink nail polishThis book spoke to me in a sense because of the protagonist an awkward teenage girl who is described as being slightly oafish next to her waif like best friend One brother has the secret to musical destiny and another had a thing for codes and the whole house seems to be alive in protest

  7. Hilary Hilary says:

    Family folk clubs poltergeists and murder all set in the 70s I knew some of these people or others very like them I may even have been a few of them Not the murderer though Honest

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