Item description for Ruby Among Us: A Novel by Tina Ann Forkner...
Overview With a keen eye for detail and a fresh, contemporary voice, Forkner has created a timeless story of women finding themselves, their purpose, and the meaning of faith.
Publishers Description 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 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 Publishers Weekly Forkners debut novel about family secrets never quite gets off the ground. When Ruby DiCamillo dies unexpectedly from asthma, her eight-year-old daughter Lucy blames herself for not reaching her mothers inhaler in time. As she grows into a young woman, her grandmother Kitty overprotects her, filling her life with art, music and schoolwork but leaving wide gaps in her knowledge of family history. When Lucy insists on learning about her heritage, the secrets are as complicated as her grandmothers intricate quilts. Fortner struggles with creating successful flashbacks, and the pacing drags. In several places the plot takes a contrived twist (a photo conveniently falling out of an album, a chance meeting in a coffee shop) in order to move forward. Most difficult to believe is that the key tragedy that has shaped the familys history has kept Lucys grandmother estranged from her family for so long. However, Fortner creates some memorable descriptions, and readers of faith should appreciate the strong Christian themes of this novel and its redemptive ending. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Ruby Among Us: A Novel by Tina Ann Forkner has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 04/21/2008
CBA Retailers - 05/01/2008 page 52
Romantic Times - 05/01/2008 page 61
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.92" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date May 20, 2008
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1400073588 ISBN13 9781400073580
Availability 0 units.
More About Tina Ann Forkner
Tina Ann Forkner lives in Wyoming with her husband and their three bright children. Tina is active in her community and serves on the Laramie County Library Foundation Board of Directors. "Ruby Among Us "is her first novel.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ruby Among Us: A Novel?
Ruby Among Us Feb 10, 2010
I happened to read "Rose House" the second in the series first and loved it. It wasn't until I finished the 2nd that I saw there was "Ruby Among Us" #1. I really enjoyed it and was really able to understand the characters so much better. It is a hauntingly sad story, but gives great hope in second chances!
Disappointed Oct 2, 2009
I started to read this book sharing the focus of the story on Lucy and the loss of her mother, Ruby. I did not finish the book although the focus was excellent - dealing with a mother at a young age. Yet, each page the word "Ruby" was printed, it seemed, 25 times. I couldn't get past this to get to the heart of the story. Not recommended for church libraries.
A Novel You Will Never Forget May 12, 2009
All I can say is "Good luck putting this book down." I have longed for a novel that would capture my soul and move the spirit within me; "Ruby Among Us" did so much more. This is not just a book, or a story, it's a beautiful and brilliant masterpiece that brings definition to 1 Peter 4:8, "love covers a multitude of sins."
Through each page, I was instantly enamored with every character within the story. Before I knew it, my heart had burst wide open, been ripped apart, and then filled with a new sense of what love truly is. The book brought me to a place of inner reflection and developed a different perspective for the direction of the rest of my life. Tina Ann Forkner is not just a writer, she is an instrument of God and He has given her the talent that should be displayed at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. Her writing is beyond exemplary and her ability to weave a message so subtly within the recesses of a fantastic story is utterly fantastic. As much as I've read and reviewed books, I have never been so moved by a work of fiction. In many ways, I would compare it to the classic, "Gone With the Wind." (it is that good and will be long remembered in your mind) "Ruby Among Us," involves innocent passion and the depths of trials and suffering, as well as secrets that unravel a fantastic journey that will leave you longing for more.
I will also add... I found myself becoming more and more saddened as I found that I was reaching the end of this book. I began to read slower, wanting to savor each page, and when I was finished, I only longed for more. A book a year is not enough from Tina Ann Forkner. I could read one a week! Don't hesitate to buy this book, it is brilliant and beautiful, and will ignite a passion to love others more than you ever imagined! Now...on to reading "The Rose House!"
Love and Forgiveness Feb 20, 2009
Lucy is only eight years old when her mother Ruby dies from an asthma attack. Kitty, Lucy's grandmother raises her and loves her as her own. Lucy is an introverted sort who seems to hold in her emotions and her questions about her mother's past. She starts to come out of her shell when she begins college and meets new friends. Lucy blames herself for her mother's death years ago because she could not find the inhalor for her mother's asthma quick enough. Lucy wants desperately to learn about her past with her mother, but Kitty is reluctant to reveal family secrets which affect them all. This is a story of long-suffering, hidden secrets and finally forgiveness. I have "Ruby Among Us" in my high school library, I recommend it often because these days, many students need love and forgiveness in their own lives. Ruby Among Us (La Rosaleda Series #1)
Rich Debut Novel Feb 16, 2009
Tina Forkner's debut novel Ruby Among Us is beautifully written and transports you to the lush, rich Sonoma Valley. Ruby's daughter, Lucy, struggles to put the pieces together to discover the story of her deceased mother. Her efforts bring into focus not only Ruby's story but that of Kitty, the grandmother who raised her, and the story of Lucy herself.
Ruby Among Us is a tale of generational love and finding redemption from the past by dealing with the present. I loved the story of Ruby, Kitty, and Lucy and fell in love with the beautiful language and moving prose penned by Forkner.