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.