Skylark: A Novel

Skylark: A Novel

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ISBN-13: 9780473289188
Publisher: Lucky Arbuckle Publishing
Publication date: 09/27/2014
Pages: 444
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Ruthie lives and writes near the beach in New Zealand's South Island with her husband and four children.
Skylark is her first work of fiction.

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Skylark: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pace and familiarity of "Skylark" is certain to draw you in to this story of young love, while Morgans elegant portrayal of the complexities of marriage and early parenthood will keep you with this family, long after the last page is turned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rhetorical Question: Have you ever picked up a book which you initially had high hopes for due to the blurb and previous reviews, only to dive into it and be severely let down? On the surface, anyone judging this book by its cover, blurb and past reviews would be led to believe that it’s a book worth investing your money and time in reading. Unfortunately, sometimes, the surface can be very misleading. However, once again I might be getting ahead of myself. I will take a moment to talk about the premise then dive into my overall thoughts. Billie May and Evan Skylark have a love that can weather the strongest of storms. Battling against life, addiction, travesties and unexpected life changes, they stick by each others’ side through thick and thin. But, everything might not be what it seems. From the gate, Billie May is portrayed to be a woman with a plan. She has everything she wants to do in life all planned out and is ready to pursue that, when Evan happens into her life. Instantly Evan is stricken by her and falls in love immediately. However, Evan has a dark side, one which Billie May will come to discover in time. The main focus of this story is “How strong is love?” While this story does have SOME potentially good qualities, only the bad ones stick out in my mind. I really hate when that happens. It bothers me when a book’s bad qualities outweigh the good ones. Following I will list my thoughts in no particular order. 1. The first thing to bother me about this story was the poor punctuation. The grammar was not bad, but the punctuation was all over the place. The author also seemed to have an affinity for semicolons. I honestly could not get past a single page without seeing one (… or two … or three … or ten). No seriously though, they got overwhelming. If you add the misuse of commas and the affinity of ellipses, it makes for a very difficult book to get through. 2. As far as the prose, sometimes I found the similes and descriptive scenes to be a bit odd. Sort of strange, I don’t know. *shrugging* 3. I honestly felt like more than 50% of the book could easily have been cut off due to tangents of setting. When I say “tangents of setting” I mean that there was so much time invested in creating a setting that it eventually took away from the main focus of the story. Many times I found myself thinking “What is all of this doing to push the story along?” The obvious conclusion was, nothing. Nothing at all. 4. I was not a fan of Billie May. I found her ignorant and annoying. Was this on purpose or by mistake, I cannot say for sure. 5. The nature of Evan’s addictions perplexed me. I felt like he went on downward spirals at very “obvious” intervals. For example: He would binge drink whenever something unpleasant happened. A person with a true addiction drinks all day, every day, for no particular reason. 6. A sour taste formed in my mouth whenever I saw that Evan would get aroused at the most ridiculous times. Billie could be furious with him, and he’d get aroused. I mean, just anything really. It was so off-putting. 7. Supporting characters all seemed to have been thrown in just to give a shallow story some sort of substance, yet they did little to nothing to assist in that realm. I honestly don’t know. “Skylark” did nothing for me.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that SKYLARK by Ruthie Morgan is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Evan and Billie. They meet and then get married at supersonic speed. But their relationship is…different. It is love but it’s also a story of obsession, selfishness, immaturity and what it means to give up your hopes dreams for another person – a person whose motivations aren’t always clear. So this book really has been a difficult one for me to rate. It’s a solid book, well-written with really good characters. But there were times that it really felt like the story dragged, and other times when I wanted to grab Billie and shake her. And then give Evan a big old kick in the wang. This is why this one is hard for me to rate. I liked the way the story was told and it was an engrossing tale, but I really didn’t like Evan or Billie. It was very obvious to me that Evan is mentally ill, and it seems that all Billie does is enable him at the expense of herself. I found that to be incredibly sad. Billie gave Evan every part of herself and he, for reasons of his own, didn’t treat her the way she should have been. This is a love story but it’s a love story that I found to be tragic and kind of infuriating. The end of this book really had me crying, too. So, in that respect this was a good book because it got me so caught up in the story of characters that I really didn’t like that I actually cried! So, get the Kleenex out for this one. I would recommend it and I’m curious to know how other people feel about it all. 4 stars. Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy Provided for review*
CayceCampaign7 More than 1 year ago
Ruthie Morgan's novel is one for the ages. Skylark engages you from the beginning and never let's you go. It begins in the future and works it's way back to paint you a picture how the main Billie May Worthington met, followed, and married her future Evan. You see the struggles between the two and the difficulties that could ensue when one sacrifices their dreams for love. We see how Billie May struggles being practically a single mother while her husband tries to have a job at the same time he is in his own world. I highly recommend this novel to everyone and should experience the images, the style, the unique language, and heart-filled love story.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite Skylark by Ruthie Morgan is the tumultuous story of two people brought together by unexpected passion and their struggles as one of them faces undiagnosed mental illness. Billie May Worthington wasn’t looking for love when she met Evan Skylark at an art exhibition. One night turns into a whirlwind relationship, taking the pair to Paris for Evan’s career as an architect to the dreamy island of St. Cloud. With each new location brings new challenges for the pair, including the unexpected birth of twins. St. Cloud was meant to be a new start for the couple, having overcome some scandal in Paris, but old indiscretions have a way of coming back to haunt people. Evan is constantly overwhelmed with manic highs and lows as Billie copes day-to-day, raising the twins with support from some lovely friends, including a neighbor, Jack. With Evan continuing to spiral out of control, will the pair manage to come together before it’s too late? Miss Morgan has written a captivating novel with a very relatable storyline. As a mother, I could relate completely to Billie’s feelings of isolation with a husband working long hours. She put her dreams on hold for Evan. As much as I wanted to hate Evan for being so selfish and neglectful, I realized it was not his fault. I believe the author drew a lot of attention to the need to help people with mental illness and lift the taboo surrounding manic depression. Skylark is a moving, heartfelt novel and well worth a read.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite Skylark is an engaging book detailing the post university life of Billie May Worthington. Billie was freshly graduated from university when she met moody Evan at an art gallery. She fell head over heels in love with him and they quickly got married. They moved to Paris where Evan secured a job. Billie continued freelancing as a writer. They established a comfortable existence in Paris. Evan made a mistake and allowed his co-worker Juliana to seduce him. Due to the fact that Evan refused to have sex with Juliana, she spitefully made a formal complaint to his boss and had Evan fired. Evan and Billie moved to the tropical island of St. Cloud to start anew. Billie, now pregnant with twins, became the dutiful housewife while Evan worked hard as an architectural draughtsman at a new firm. Unfortunately, Evan was devastated when he learnt that Juliana had again stopped his progress. Skylark is a very captivating novel. It is written from a female’s perspective - that of the main character. The creative skills of author Ruthie Morgan shine through due to the fact that you feel every emotion Billie is experiencing. The reader can easily grasp the difficulties that a young mother must be going through. You can identify with the main character and empathize with her. I find that this book is very realistic in its approach. The language is colloquial and is easy to understand. The author was also able to reveal the naivete of the main character. The contrast between her emotional reality and the fact that she had a partner is very explicit and gripping. It is also very ironic that she felt more comfortable with a complete stranger as opposed to her husband. I can appreciate the push and pull factors at play in the dynamics of the relationships. I love the way in which the author was able to explore the vulnerabilities of the main character in such a descriptive manner. Skylark is an intriguing read for all lovers of romance dramas.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Skylark: A Novel by Ruthie Morgan is an intense and emotional love story. Billie May fell in love with Evan on a dark, stormy night in London. She will do anything for him; she will be anything he wants her to be. But can she give him her whole world? Can she ever forgive him for taking it? Evan is a brilliant Irish artist and Billie finds herself deeply immersed in his world. But he has a dark side to him. Billie May gives up the future she had planned for herself to follow Evan across London, Scotland and Paris, finally ending up in St Cloud, a tiny island in the South Pacific. This is where they settle and make their home as they try to escape the past in pursuit of Evan’s dreams – not Billie May’s. Billie falls pregnant unexpectedly and gives birth to twins – a boy and a girl, both as different from each other as night and day. Evan finds himself having to face his demons, a mistake he made many years ago that is set to change things forever. What did he do? Will Billie May be able to stand it or is this just one more thing she will cope with to keep hold of Evan? Skylark: A Novel by Ruthie Morgan is a stunning first novel dealing with obsession, betrayal and unconditional love against the odds. Ruthie Morgan is one of those rare authors that really does have a way with words. The novel is professionally written and clearly a great deal of thought has gone into it. I couldn’t help but “attach” myself to the characters. I laughed and cried, gripped by the story line of one of the best first novels I have read in years. I hope there is more where this came from; Ruthie Morgan deserves to be on the bestsellers list with books like this.
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
“Skylark” is a romance that both sweeps you along with its moments of joy and then almost knocks you down with its disappointments—the love of its two main characters, while true, does not run smooth.  Billie is a straight arrow—she’s going to be a writer, and she lands an internship at a publishing house. That’s why all of her friends are surprised when she falls for an artist named Evan, who is full of life and has ambitions of his own. The two are immediately drawn to one another, and their relationship is intensely passionate (emotionally and physically). Billie gives up her dreams to follow Evan to Paris, where his drunken mistake will eventually result in the two moving to an island in the South Pacific. There, they build their lives anew—but it’s not as effortless to be deliriously in love with the responsibility of an unplanned pregnancy and Evan’s personal demons.  The plot of “Skylark” follows the flight pattern of the bird after which it’s named, and which symbolizes Evan himself—a brief soar (their initial intense love) and then a plummet that’s frightening and wrenching to watch. You see early on—perhaps even before Billie admits it to herself—that Evan has one serious issue, an issue that could destroy their lives. Billie remains devoted to him, and her love is strong—but it soon becomes unhealthy, and Jack the always-steady neighbor becomes appealing not only to her but to you.  The author does an excellent job of capturing all these emotions through Billie’s eyes and narrative—the euphoria of meeting a true love, the pain and confusion when they fall short of expectations, the resignation and excuses that come after. It’s refreshing that Evan himself remains sympathetic—you get just enough of his perspective to not hate him, and to hope against odds that he gets it together. The setting of St. Cloud is also well-done—it has a small town feel, with secondary characters to give Billie support and lighten things up a bit at times.  If you enjoy contemporary fiction, especially fiction about realistic struggles within a relationship, I’d recommend “Skylark”—its strength is in how Morgan balances the existence of love against the stark realities of what a relationship actually needs to work.