Sand in the Wind: a Prime Time triumph from author Ruth Hay

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Ruth Hay has done it again. She's got another winner in her Prime Time fiction series.

Hay's latest novel, Sand in the Wind, is the fourth in her Prime Time series, following on the successes of her inaugural work, Auld Acquaintance, and its sequels, Time Out of Mind and Now or Never. Still to come – and eagerly awaited – is the fifth of the series, With This Ring.

Sand in the Wind shows author Hay at her most compelling, as she weaves an engrossing, dramatic tale that takes readers inside the life and the mind of Anna Mason as she continues along her remarkable life's journey. Much of the focus within Sand in the Wind centres around the close relationship of Anna and her friend and business partner Alina, a woman whose sight is gradually failing due to macular degeneration. Both women, living together in a lovely condo set on a ravine in London, Ontario, are single and independent; Anna because of divorce, and Alina, it seems, by choice.

Might there be the prospect of romance in their futures? Certainly, there's no hint of that as the two great friends embark on a long-awaited vacation to Egypt to meet up with Anna's half-brother Philip, but sometimes, fate has a strange way of intervening, and turning life inside-out.

But there's more than a touch of romance in Sand in the Wind. Cruising on the Nile provides a scenic backdrop to the story and mysteries abound in that ancient land.
Might there finally be a resolution to the mystery of the identity of Helen Dunlop and her out-of-the-blue, more-than-generous bequest to Anna? A quick trip to Oban before the start of the Egyptian tour reveals more than Anna expected. And what of Richard, Anna's former husband, who emerges out of nowhere in Egypt with a new wife? That confrontation leads to one of the most startling scenes in this novel.

Sand in the Wind is author Hay doing exactly what she does best, weaving an intricate, compelling tale that speaks to our humanity, our fears, our dreams and our frailties. Hay finds a way to add drama, flair and intrigue to simple, everyday human situations creating, in the process, a fast-paced fictional tale that hooks readers right from the start and keeps them riveted through to the final pages.

Sand in the Wind is a thumbs-up triumph for Ruth Hay. It's a Prime Time delight, a marvelous tale from the pen of an accomplished Canadian author. Spend a weekend afternoon with Sand in the Wind. It's a great way to escape and unwind – and you won't be able to put it down.

Sand in the Wind
by Ruth Hay
ISBN: 9780986754431
$15.95 Cdn/US

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