I am pleased to bring you my review for The Ruby of the Sea by Peggy Lampman as part of the book blog tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours.

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About the Book:

From the award-winning author of The Promise Kitchen comes a riveting new story of twin sisters caught in their mother’s crosshairs on what to do about their disturbed younger sister.

Lush with devastating secrets, lies, romance and psychological drama…”You tell me about a family without a certain amount of dysfunction, and I’ll tell you that family is lying.”

After aimlessly traveling the country for fifteen years, Linnea Chandler returns to her hometown of Key West, Florida keeping the genesis of a life-altering phobia to herself–not a good idea, as she comes to find out. The 19th Century lighthouse that she, her parents and two sisters call home also has a troubled past, carrying the frightening myth that eerily mirrors the mystery of her younger sister today. Should Linnea run while she can?

The women must decide to what extremes they are willing to go to protect their secrets. Ignore the brutality behind the retrieval of spoils from a fatal shipwreck in 1857? Defy a 2017 hurricane threatening to pummel their town? And when their world is upended, do the women have the strength to move forward?

Miss W’s Review: 

A 5 Star READ! 

The Ruby of the Sea is a POWERFUL book. This books is a well crafted book that is expertly written and and deals with some heavy mental health topics such as sexual abuse and bipolar disorder. This is a story about family and sisters, three sisters to be exact. A compelling story about three sisters and the love they share for each other, but also the secrets they hold. The story is written in alternating perspectives of each of the sisters POV.

This endearing, powerful book will take you on an emotional ride that had me crying as I anxiously turned the pages to read more of these powerful women’s story and the heartbreak that mental illness has taken on in their lives. I cried for them and for me, as I have experienced much of what the author so respectfully represented in the sisters story.

There are some funny moments along with the endearing family dynamics between the sisters.

Key West was a great backdrop for this story and I really enjoyed reading about the 19th Century Lighthouse Legend.

About the Author:

Peggy Lampman is the award-winning, best-selling author of THE PROMISE KITCHEN and THE WELCOME HOME DINER, both published by Lake Union Publishing.

Her passion is writing novels that break down familial and cultural barriers. For her, creating a cast to populate a story is one of the great, cathartic joys of writing. Of particular pleasure is developing flawed characters-living in and reconciling with-the shadows cast by their equally flawed parents.

She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan. After graduating, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a copywriter and photographer for Hill and Knowlton, a public relations firm. She moved back to Ann Arbor, her college town, and opened up a specialty foods store, The Back Alley Gourmet. After selling the store, she wrote under a weekly food byline in The Ann Arbor News and MLive.

Her free time is spent reading, binge-watching NetFlix, herding kids and indulging in her fascination with Big Green Egg cult cookery. To learn more about her releases (and see what she’s eating!), visit her author page,(peggylampmanbooks) and subscribe to her blog: http://www.dinnerfeed.com.

Pick up your copy of this incredible novel HERE!

Until the next chapter,

 

Wilfrieda