My review: Leap the Wild Water – history up close and personal

I have just finished reading ‘Leap the Wild Water’ by Jenny Lloyd – a wrenching historical drama set in rural Wales in the early 19th century. Increasingly, I am finding Indie authors who have put together fine work – language, story, structure, research, background, etc. As a writer myself, I’m aware of the work that goes into achieving these high standards. I understand the difficulty when the excitement of the idea hits the cold white space of the page – and the double difficulty of doing this entirely on your own without a fleet of professional publishing people fussing around in the background. It takes guts to write and publish a book on your own – especially a book with the sweeping canvas and resonance of ‘Leap the Wild Water’.

It’s wonderful to see how imagination evokes such bold ambition. Not only does Ms Lloyd take us back in time, but she does so with a sense of realism and immediacy; she introduces us to people who seem as familiar as relatives staring out from old family photographs. Like ghosts in the room, we hear the crack of the fireplace, the sweep of a long skirt, the heated arguments of angry, passionate people. And we are swept into their story.

But the core of this book is its powerful social message – one that resonates as much today as the story of 200 years ago shocks us. While reading about Megan’s dilemma when she falls pregnant before marriage – and of the dire consequences that befall not only her but her family as well – I became aware of two things: the incredible double standards (a woman caught out was degraded and derided until sometimes suicide was her only option while a man was looked upon with veiled admiration and a touch of envy – he was ‘a bit of a lad’) and the fact that so much of this attitude is still rife across the world, still forcefully instituted in many countries with little outcry from those of us who like to feel we have moved on. It is not so much the excellent writing that so vividly connects us to the characters of 200 years ago, but the familiarity of Megan’s situation that shakes us.

Indie writers are increasingly presenting books of note, books with good writing and powerful effect. If you are a reader who enjoys substance and a strong story line then – whether you’re a history buff or not – ‘Leap the Wild Water’ should be on your list.

Find ‘Leap the Wild Water’ by Jenny Lloyd here

10 thoughts on “My review: Leap the Wild Water – history up close and personal

  1. I love this book. Thanks for this great review!

  2. Malla Duncan says:

    So glad you are also a fan, Christoph. I do hope a second book is on its way!

  3. wendyunsworth says:

    Wonderful review, Malla and so very well said. I will be seeking out this book!

  4. Thanks for steering me in the direction of what sounds like a great story, Malla. I agree. Sometimes I wonder how far we have really come in 200 years. Not far enough, I tend to think.

  5. Darlene says:

    It is great to see so many quality indie writers these days. Thanks for giving such a wonderful review on this book. I’ll put it on my list..

  6. P. C. Zick says:

    Malla, I so agree with you. I’m pleased and proud there are so many quality Indie Authors out there. It helps us all. I’ll check out this book. Thanks you.

  7. Jenny Lloyd says:

    Dear Malla, I am deeply moved by your praise of my novel. Thank you so much for posting this review. Such support is priceless to indie authors and immensely encouraging and validating. I agree, double standards still prevail in many societies throughout the world, including the Western world, however much we may like to think we have progressed.

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