Thursday, May 29, 2008

Ruby Among Us Review & Giveaway

Tina Forkner’s debut novel Ruby Among Us is contemporary fiction that explores how the secrets fo the past impact the course of the present. It was interesting to read this book immediately after finishing Skizzer. Both have the same general theme – uncovering the secrets of the past – yet are told in very different styles.

Tina has a lyrical writing style, one that pulled me into the story and characters in a genre I usually don’t read.

Lucy has been raised by her grandmother Kitty after the early death of her mother Ruby. As a college senior, Lucy is on a journey to recover her memories of Ruby, but Kitty tries to avoid all of her questions. Finally, Kitty reaches a point where she begins to uncover the painful secrets of her past that have led to the life she and Lucy currently live. In the process, Lucy discovers a rich heritage and family she didn’t remember.

This book emphasized the way our perspectives and reactions to the past can hurt us deeply. My heart grieved for Kitty and the way she denied herself happiness for so many years because of the way she judged herself. I also cheered for Lucy as she tried to honor her grandma while seeking the truth. Life is not all nicely wrapped packages and we do live with the consequences of our actions and reactions. But the story also shows how true love can last and endure in what seem like impossible circumstances.

This book was a wonderful read, and I recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a fresh voice in Christian fiction.


Tina has graciously agreed to giveaway a copy of her book. To be entered leave a comment with a way to contact you. Thanks!

15 comments:

petite said...

Thanks for this lovely giveaway. Am fascinated with this wonderful novel.

Carole said...

I've read several great reviews of Ruby Among Us, especially one who commented that it was an emotional read for her. Congratulations to Tina on being published, and I would love to read her book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Carolynn W. said...

Sounds like an emotional story, I would love to read it! Thanks for the chance to win!

Hil'Lesha said...

Sounds great! :)

lilacbutterfly [at] earthlink.net

windycindy said...

Sounds like an enthralling read! I like how your review of the book says that she tries to honor her Grandmother while finding out about her mother! Please enter me in your drawing. I appreciate it.....Cindi
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stampedwithgrace said...

the cover is beautiful and I've heard so many good things about Tina's book that I'd love to win!

Tina said...

Thanks, Carole and all. Can't wait to see who wins!

And thanks for reviewing the book, Cara. It's always fun to see how it touches readers, especially when the readers like it! :)

Jana said...

Hi, Cara - here from Julie's! Your new book sounds fantastic! Congrats!

Crystal M. said...

This does sound like a great read. I'd love a chance to win it. Thanks!
~Crystal M.
olenapena[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Jewelz said...

This sounds like a really good book! I keep hearing good reviews :)
Please enter me
joyfuljewelz (at) gmail.com

ChristyJan said...

I've been reading wonderful things about Tina's book on other blogs. I'm looking forward to reading RUBY AMONG US.
hawkes(at)citlink.net

flchen1 said...

This sounds like a lovely story--thanks for the recommendation and chance to win!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

ruth said...

The reviews are wonderful and this is a fascinating novel. Thanks for this chance.
rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

pearl said...

amazing review. This heartfelt story is so wonderful. Thanks for this special book giveaway.

traveler said...

Great review which is certainly well deserved. Thanks for this interesting giveaway.

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