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.
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