Mourning Ruby

Author: Helen Dunmore

Publisher: Berkeley Signature

Release Date: February 2005

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Rebecca's only legacy of who she is; a large shoebox, the box she was left in as a baby at the back of an Italian restaurant.  Loved by both Joe and his friend, Adam, Rebecca must choose with whom she'll start a new life.  In the midst of making a family of her own, she is dealt a devastating blow which almost destroys her and any hope of happiness.

MOURNING RUBY is like reading poetry.  Every word counts. This book is not your everyday romance - far from it.  Yes, it's about love and its healing powers; but it is also about love lost, courage and strength. It is the kind of book that will cause you to shed a tear or two.  I doubt if anyone, especially parents will not find portions difficult to read. 


This novel is not only about the loss of a loved one for Rebecca, but others as well.  The life of her employer, Mr. Damiano, as well as characters from a novel Joe is writing and sharing with her parallel to some degree her own life. 


Helen Dunmore's writing is truly a gift; it is so natural and beautiful. With every word she pulls her reader into her tale.  I truly believe that few will read this book without crying and laughing with the characters, so real does Ms. Dunmore portray their emotions. I found this beautiful novel difficult to read on many planes.  For one, the emotional rollercoaster ride is too real; and intellectually it demanded my complete attention and involvement.  However, I'm glad I got the honor of reading this book.


I'm sure that this is one of those books that once you've read it, you will forever remember snippets from it.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Jessica

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