Wednesday, May 28, 2008

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Ruby Among Us

(WaterBrook Press May 20, 2008)


Tina Ann Forkner


Tina Ann Forkner writes contemporary fiction that challenges and inspires. Originally from Oklahoma, she graduated with honors in English from CSU Sacramento before ultimately settling in the wide-open spaces of Wyoming where she now resides with her husband and their three children. Tina serves on the Laramie County Library Foundation Board of Directors and enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors with her family, and works as a full-time writer.


Sometimes, the key that unlocks your future lies in someone else’s past...

In Ruby Among Us, 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 from the memory of the mother she can no longer remember. Lucy senses her grandmother holds the key, but Kitty seems as eager to hide from 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 for a heritage that seems long-buried with her mother, Ruby.

What she finds is enigmatic and stirring in this redemptive tale about the power of faith and mother-daughter love.

“What an incredible story. As both mothers and daughters, Ruby Among Us struck a special cord in each of the four of us. Tina writes in a way that makes us feel like we’re there; from the first line, we were captivated and drawn into an intricate weaving of the precious and fragile relationships that define us.”
~Point of Grace~

“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~, 2007 winner of American Idol

“Highly recommended. If you’re a mother or daughter, you’re going to love Ruby Among Us. Forkner does an extraordinary job…. I look forward to more from this author.”
~Ane Mulligan~, Novel Journey

“Don’t miss this one! Tina Ann Forkner is a strong new voice in fiction and Ruby Among Us is an amazing story of trials, regrets, and, ultimately, redemption. Lucy and her family history in the historic wine country of Sonoma bring to life the Scriptures about the Vine and His branches.”
~Kristin Billerbeck~, author of The Trophy Wives Club

If you would like to read the first chapter go HERE

This short book will haunt you with all the repercussions of the various themes running all the way through the book. Secrets kept by a family and a child needing to know her heritage.

A single mother who leaves a child for the grandmother to raise. The grandmother being a second mother and being over-protective because this is all she has left of her daughter.

The granddaughter developing asthma like her mother, trying to distance herself from the illness by throwing out all her medication only to end up in the hospital. Finding neighbors who never speak to one another yet, there at the most important times. It is the tragedies that lead to an occasional nod of recognition.

The book includes three generations of women with the middle generation dying first.
Leaving the older generation to tell the story to the grandchildren without benefit of the second generation being there to share their own story.

Seeing grace being offered and guilt taking 30 years before being redeemed by human love of a husband. Then realizing the anger towards the loving husband when he failed to protect her and belive her in the face of rape.

Read this book, and give a copy to your library as I plan to do. The author is on the board of directors of the library in her county. I'm sure she will approve my passing her book on to others to read.

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At Wednesday, May 28, 2008 10:16:00 AM, Blogger Two Sisters said...

Oh, I definitely approve. Thank you for the lovely review and I would love to hear from other readers too. Bless you.



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