Sunday, February 16, 2014

Book Review: Ruby's Secret by H.B. Moore (Whitney Finalist 2013)

Title: Ruby's Secret (A Newport Ladies Book Club Novel) (Whitney Finalist 2013)
Author: H.B. Moore
Enjoyment Rating: ***
Source: Kindle
This book would be rated: PG

Ruby Crenshaw is newly-widowed when she has the idea to form The Newport Ladies Book Club. She's the kind of woman that everyone thinks is perfect. Her house is immaculate, and her clothes are stylish. She knows about the world, and she's interested in other people. But she's also been carrying the secret that her husband was repeatedly unfaithful during their marriage. It makes her believe that her future will be a solitary one, filled with friends and extended family, yes, but never with a partner.

At the urging of her daugher-in-law, and not because she feels like a senior citizen, Ruby starts attending the local senior center, and soon finds herself signing up for a trip to Greece with a group from the center. Soon she finds herself second-guessing her resolve to stay single, while questioning whether or not she wants to let someone new in. Moore's writing is smooth and the story is very readable. Ruby is an engaging character and I think many readers will identify with her struggle. 

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