Ruby Among Us
The La Rosaleda Collection Book #1
by Tina Ann Forkner
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Pub Date 09 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2023
In this captivating read from author Tina Ann Forkner, Ruby Among Us examines the power of memory and how it reaches across generations, seeking to be known.
Lucy DiCamillo is safely surrounded by her books, music, and art–but none of these reclusive comforts or even the protective efforts of her grandmother, Kitty, can shield her thoughts from the mother she longs to recall. Lucy senses her grandmother holds the key to her lost memories, but Kitty seems as eager to hide the past as Lucy is eager to find it.
From the streets of San Francisco and Sacramento to the lush vineyards of the Sonoma Valley, Lucy follows the thread of memory in search of a heritage long-buried with her mother, Ruby. What she finds is as enigmatic and stirring as it is startling in this novel about the powerful bond of mother-daughter-grandmother relationships.
A Note From the Publisher
Women's Literary Fiction
Mothers and Daughters
Women's Literary Fiction
Mothers and Daughters
"A moving and poignant tale of family secrets and overcoming regrets, Tina Ann Forkner's Ruby Among Us is a testament to the power of love, the redemptive nature of faith, and the true meaning of moving forward. The perfect read for anyone who has ever wondered how they will be remembered, this book will have readers immediately reaching for the next installment of the La Rosaleda Series. Book clubs will be hooked!"
-Kristy Woodson Harvey, New York Times bestsellingAuthor of The Wedding Veil
"In Ruby Among Us, Forkner weaves a gripping narrative and explores one young woman's compelling desire to understand her past. With layers of secrets and regrets set among the lush vineyards of the Sonoma Valley, this intergenerational tale will capture the hearts of readers who enjoy escaping to a setting that's as sweeping as the story itself."
-Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling Author of Perennials
Ingram ISBN Digital: 9781736391235
Ingram ISBN Print: 978-1-7363912-2-8
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Average rating from 8 members
The cover design looked very pretty, and the description sounded interesting.
From the beginning, I was drawn in, and I wanted to know more about the characters and whatever story they had to share. I felt that the writing had a dark tone, but at the same time it was very beautiful to read because it was elegant. The story was more romantic than I was expecting, but a good story to escape into. I'm going to read the next book in the series.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a free copy to review.
"RubyAmong Us" is a touching tale that spans three generations of women: Kitty, Ruby, and Lucy. Despite their mistakes, regrets, and loss of faith, the women have supported and loved each other through thick and thin. However, Lucy has few recollections of her childhood, and Kitty is hesitant to divulge the family's long-held secrets. Lucy is a delightful character, innocent and sheltered, with an eagerness to remember her past to pave the way for her future. This heartwarming book is a story of love, forgiveness, redemption, and family.
The book is deeply thought-provoking and emotional at times as Lucy works towards a new beginning as she learns about her past. I was engrossed in the story, eager to discover if Lucy could piece together her life – the life she never knew she had – and her heritage. The book is a page-turner, fast-paced and thrilling, leaving you breathless as you learn more about the characters you grow to love.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity ti read Ruby Among Us by Tina Ann Firkner. A lovely story beautifully written. I look forward to more.
Sad and beautiful, Ruby Among Us tells a story about three generations of women. The story is told mainly from the perspective of Lucy, and we get snippets of her mother and grandmother’s lives. This is a story about family secrets and forgiveness.
I really loved the beginning and the ending of the book. The first few chapters were devastating. I should note that for me there were some issues with the pacing. The middle of the book was a bit repetitive, due to the stubbornness of one of the characters. The ending was touching and satisfying.
I will end this review with a quote from the book.
“I feel like your secrets are keeping us from something great. Something powerful.”
Lucy’s mother, Ruby, died when Lucy was eight. She has always carried guilt as she felt she was responsible. Coupled with so much mystery around her family, shielded by her grandmother, Kitty, Lucy begins an arduous journey to learn the truth and bring back lost memories of her mother.
A beautiful novel of family and secrets lyrically written so that the truths help rather than destroy. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to the sequel, Rose House.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. all thoughts and opinions are my own.
The book is about the intertwined histories of three women, Kitty, Ruby and Lucy, and is mostly told from the viewpoint of Kitty and her granddaughter Lucy. Lucy has been brought up by her grandmother since her mother died of an asthma attack. She is homeschooled and Kitty keeps her close. Gradually, as she grows up, Lucy becomes aware that there is more to her grandmother’s life than she is prepared to share. The book teases with you with secrets that are gradually revealed as the story progresses. The characters are mostly believable, but could have been more rounded for me, although I dud like them, particularly Lucy. An underlying theme of faith, list, present, found could have been more nuanced. On the whole, an enjoyable read.