Ruby Among Us: A Novel

Ruby Among Us A Novel 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

  • Title: Ruby Among Us: A Novel
  • Author: Tina Ann Forkner
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  • Page: 110
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  • 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 can barely recall Lucy senses her grandmother holds the key, but Kitty seems as eager to hide the past as Lucy is eager to find it.From the streets of San Francisco and SLucy 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 can barely recall Lucy senses her grandmother holds the key, 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 that seems long buried with her mother, Ruby.What she finds is as enigmatic and stirring as it is startling in this redemptive tale about the power of faith and mother daughter love.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    About “Tina Ann Forkner”

    1. Tina Ann Forkner

      Tina Ann Forkner is an award winning author and a member of Tall Poppy Writers She works as a substitute teacher by day and is the mom stepmom to three children who are all in college She lives with her husband and two dogs in Wyoming Her novel WAKING UP JOY is a 2015 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Recipient She is also the author of RUBY AMONG US, which received 4 1 2 stars from Romantic Times, and its sequel, ROSE HOUSE Penguin Random House A heartwarming and heart wrenching story of moving on, The Real Thing deftly explores stepfamilies and Alzheimer s disease with plenty of intrigue and a healthy helping of romance Tina Ann Forkner weaves a tale of love, loss, overcoming fears and, best of all, discovering what it really means to be a cowgirl Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love Forkner s writing shines with wit and wisdom in this beautiful story of love and family that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next The Real Thing is guaranteed to steal your heart Kim Boykin, Author of A Peach of a Pair A wonderfully paced weave of compelling characters dealing with buried secrets and second chances within the framework of a flawed but fascinating family Tina Forkner is an insightful, engaging storyteller If you re a fan of Jodi Picoult, you won t be disappointed Susan Meissner Author of A Fall of Marigolds Readers will not want this story to end Awarded 4 1 2 Stars in praise for Ruby Among Us from RT Book Reviews Tina Ann Forkner takes us on a hilarious yet emotionally demanding adventure in Waking Up Joy The free spirited Joy has an unforgettable voice that puts us solidly on her side, no matter how unconventional her choices Waking Up Joy is a rollicking ride Susan Schoenberger, Author of The Virtues of Oxygen Reading is a passion of mine, and when I find myself identifying with the characters, anxious to get to the next page to find answers to my questions, I know I m into a good book The daughter mother grandmother theme in Ruby Among Us pulled me in Wonderful story telling Jordin Sparks Music Artist 2007 American Idol WinnerVisit Tina at tinaannforkner

    678 thoughts on “Ruby Among Us: A Novel”

    1. Memories, redemption, faithRung Among Us is a heartwarming story about three generations of women, Kitty, Ruby, and Lucy; three women who have supported and loved each other through years of mistakes, regrets, and a loss of faith. Lucy has very few memories of her childhood, and Kitty is reluctant to reveal the long-held secrets of the past; secrets which have divided their family, a rift that has caused anguish to many. Lucy is such a lovely character, innocent and sheltered, with a longing to [...]

    2. Ruby Among Us starts with a heavy theme, but it's important in order to understand Lucy's perspective throughout the story. If you love and miss your mother who has passed on, this story will move you to tears of healing and unleash memories of love. My mother had gone to be with the Lord for over ten years now, and reading Ruby Among Us sparked memories of loving times as I reached the conclusion of the book. I don't want to give away any key plot points because half the pull of this story is n [...]

    3. This is a very thought provoking and moving book. Tina tells a tale that is intense. The plot is intricately woven with many twists and turns. The curiosity, pain and deep yearning of Lucy to get to the truth of her life, her mother’s life and her grandmothers kept me reading this book every chance I could get to see if the truth would ever come out. This book showed me a word picture for John 8:32 which says “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Lucy longed to be free [...]

    4. I started reading this book when my husband was in the hospital in CICU and wasn't expected to make it. So I had to put it down when it started talking about death. I picked it back up and was glad I did. I enjoyed this story, and it turned out to be a great distraction. The story line was very beliveable, and I could relate to it. We always have woulda, coulda, shoulda's when someone we love dies. It may be a little thing, that we have done a thousand times but when that person dies, then we bl [...]

    5. What a wonderful story. So glad I decided to read it.Lucy DiCammillo lost her mother Ruby when she was very young. She grew up in the care of her grandmother Kitty. Kitty doesn't like to talk to much about her past or about Ruby. Lucy is starting to question her past, wanting to find out more about her mother and herself. Kitty seems to hold the key, but is reluctant to open up and share her secrets.Lucy is searching for more than just answers to her past. She hopes that by finding out her roots [...]

    6. I enjoyed the book. Although at times I would get annoyed with Kitty. She seemed way too selfish and prideful. I know she went through a lot bad experiences in her life, but a lot of the pain was inflicted by her own doing. I did feel for for her because she missed out on so much of her own life because of her pride. Not only did she miss out on her own life, but because of her pride and fears, Ruby and Lucy missed out on so much as well. I hated the fact that there were so many secrets kept ove [...]

    7. Wow! What a story. Tina really brings the wine country to life. Her visual descriptions are vivid and breathtaking. The story is so captivating you’re pulled in with the first page. You’ll immediately connect with the well-written, intricate characters, and feel they are friends. Mrs. Forkner’s writing style is relaxed and fresh. This wonderful novel will be in my top ten of the year. I’d love to see it win a Christy award.To read more of my review, visit Beach Reads

    8. "Ruby Among Us" is an outstanding novel from debut author Tina Ann Forkner. The story of 3 generations of women and the men they love is woven among the lush scenery of the places they cherish. Long-held family secrets unravel in a unique writing style that brings the characters to life and is at the same time both honest and sensitive about topics rarely brought out in Christian fiction. This is a fast-paced read that at times leaves you breathless to learn both the history and the future of ch [...]

    9. I liked the way this book was written. There was something beautiful about the composition of the characters and the way you viewed them almost as you would view a beautiful scene through the filtered light of morning. My one critique of this (and why I can't rate it higher) is that the ending seems too "scrunched". There's a building throughout the book at an easy pace and then the ending gets resolved within a few chapters. I would have liked to see the pace keep steady throughout.

    10. I won this book in the giveaway and actually didn't expect much.How wrong I was was a wonderful story and a great read. I loved it. I am not much for critiqueing the writing, but the story was one that kept you longing for more, Congrats to Tina Ann Forkner for a lovely debut novel. I will be looking for more,

    11. I really enjoyed this book. The author did a wonderful job of making the characters come alive. The story draws you in to the lives of the two main characters - Lucy, trying to discover her background, and her grandmaother, Kitty, trying to come to terms with hers. The story is a wonderful intertwining of their two stories and Ruby, who is the common thread.

    12. I absolutely loved this book! I can't wait until she comes out with another book - I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Right from the beginning you're hooked. Tina Ann Forkner is such a brilliant writer, she just pulls you right into each character.

    13. This story about family, secrets from the past and the relationships between 3 generations of women was beautifully told and well written. The pacing was perfect and the themes of the story very skillfully woven throughout.

    14. The plot is rich and the scenes are incredible-visual and lovely. Any bond between a mother and daughter is sacred and Tina Ann Forkner reaches in and walks us through each emotional twist and turn. I can't wait to read more of her books! She really is gifted in touching us with her characters.

    15. based on Michelle Suttons review and several other comments I might just look into it. When my mom pssed two yrs ago It didn't quit hit me, but I wish she could see the stuf I have done since she has been gone. I miss her and it's hitting me

    16. I fnished this book about a month ago, and the story really stayed with me. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.

    17. A wonderful story of a daughter's search for her past. Check my book blog at www dot annshorey dot com for a full review. Can't wait for Tina Ann Forkner's next book, Rose House.

    18. Immediately engaging and thought provoking. Ms. Forkner's characters have great depth and her gardens a special beauty.

    19. This book was a great book about something that I never experienced in life and was very well told. I loved the endeven cried.

    20. This was an odd read for me. I really loved the characters, all of them, and I enjoyed their (slightly predictable) story. The emotions were sweet and the scenes were lovely -- sometimes I bit over the top. After wading through the first two-thirds of the book, it struck that it was the writing with which I was struggling. The style, while making valiant attempts to be lyrical, came across as a bit stilted. Almost as if it, like Lucy and Kitty, were lacking some sort of confidence that kept it h [...]

    21. I'm about halfway through the book so far and I'm not sure how I feel. The writing is great, and I truly feel like I know the characters. So far I haven't gotten much of a Christian appeal, but from slight things said, I think more of that is to come. Partially, I feel at odds with the main character as a person. She seems to be fully obsessing about her mother in general, beyond a healthy level of wanting to know her. I just cannot see how that can help her, but to make her more sad, and slight [...]

    22. So many favorable reviews! A generosity by Christian readers towards a book with a message they like? I got through about a third of this book. When I wasn't being annoyed with the characters for secret-keeping, I was feeling sorry for the book itself. I like books - a lot - so I tend to feel sorry for the stories that seem like they could have worked, but they don't, because mmmm sorry, but I have to tell the truth: the writing was unskilled. It was like I was reading a pretty decent story, but [...]

    23. I saw this one on the shelf at the library and recognized it as WaterBrook Press, so I picked it up. I was interested in the setting of the book, the descriptions of the area were great at the beginning. I read this too late at night to feel like I was connected to the characters. I had to reread a few pieces to get back into the story, and so my personal sleep issues put a barrier in reading this one. But even if I had read it in one sitting, I think I would still feel it was a little disconnec [...]

    24. Maybe I wasnt' too enthusiastic about this novel as I read it on the heels of another novel with the same theme - generations of family members who suffer because they keep secrets from each other. I was too angry at all the secret-keeping to really feel empathy for the characters. The ending was too unbelievable to feel like a good resolution for me. It was an entertaining book, if you don't care about being super angry at the characters for their behavior, and you don't need a believable endin [...]

    25. This story was one that was hard to put down, the realness of it really came through, the author did an excellent job of weaving the story of a young girl, her mother, and grandmother lives. Lucy is searching for answers and her grandmother, Kitty is trying to forget hers and the mistakes that she made a long time ago. Can there be forgiveness and redemption? Will Lucy be reunited with her past in the Sonoma Valley?

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