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Rubinrotes Herz, Eisblaue See (Florine #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,198 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
Ein Fischerdorf in Maine in den sechziger Jahren. Hier lebt die junge Florine geborgen bei ihren Eltern und Großeltern – bis ihre geliebte Mutter Carlie von einem Tag auf den anderen verschwindet. Auf einmal ist für Florine nichts mehr wie vorher, alle Nachforschungen führen ins Nichts, und die Frage, ob Carlie tot ist oder freiwillig ihr Zuhause verließ, wird Florine in d ...more
Paperback, 427 pages
Published 2011 by Knaur-Taschenbuch-Verl (first published August 12th 2010)
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Aug 01, 2012 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I loved a novel as much as this one. I loved it most for being true to life. It's not all literary, things don't happen in the way most "coming of age" style novels have you believe they should, but Florine and her family and friends talk in an authentic Maine voice. The dialogue is perfect. If anyone wants an idea what conversations and characters were like growing up in Maine, they could read this book and get a very good idea. I love it that Florine found her own w ...more
Dale Harcombe
I debated between 2 and 3 stars for this book.Probably 2 and a half.
The premise of this book is interesting in that Florine, who is very close to her mother Carlie, finds it difficult to cope after she disappears from Florine’s life, leaving no trace of what happened. Florine and her father don’t know if she is dead or just gone off somewhere. Florine’s grief is an intrinsic presence in the novel.
The sense of place is beautifully evoked. Some of the writing and the imagery in this novel is parti
Jan 12, 2012 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this one. It has a lot going for it. It's about a teenage girl struggling with tough circumstances in an everyody-knows-everybody small town, and what I like best about the story is how the main character manages to get so lost in such a tiny place. It's extremely readable, and the characters are vivid and convincing.

On the other hand, [umm, spoiler alert, I guess? Can it be a spoiler when I'm warning you that something doesn't happen, even though you may have been w
EDIT 27.04.14: There is going to be a sequel, coming out in August - I'm a happy camper! :)
May 21, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a perfect summer read pick up a copy of Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea by Morgan Callan Rogers, and be transported to the coast of Maine. Set in 1963, when our heroine Florine Gilham is a carefree, if somewhat devilish, twelve year old enjoying her summer with her fisherman father and beautiful young mother, her local friends she has know all her life, and her devoted Grandmother. Florine’s life however, is about to change in unexpected ways when her mother Carlie vanis ...more
Jun 06, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just realized I never wrote a review after finishing this book, which is a shame, because I really enjoyed it. Great setting and characters. Enough mystery to keep you going, but mostly the story is the coming-of-age of young Florine, the every girl is 1960s Maine. Great story!
Shane Malcolm
May 07, 2013 Shane Malcolm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming, heartbreaking, and evocative. This book is one of my early favorites for 2013 reads. Florene is an absolutely endearing character. The mystery of her mother's disappearance is a great plot on which the book pivots, but ultimately this is a coming of age story.
Dec 14, 2013 Kaja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich weiß nicht, wann ich das letzte Mal so ein tolles Buch gelesen habe. Einfach nur traurig schön, ein Herzensbuch!
Mar 06, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
The story is set in the 60's.Florine is growing up in a little village at the coast of Maine. Her dad is a fisherman, her mom a waitress and she lives a happy life with her friends Dotty, Bud, Glen and of course her grandmother to whom she is very close. At age 11 her mom doesn't come back from a vacation trip with her best friend. Nobody knows what happens, did she run away, was it a crime? Florines world is shattered but life goes on...

This is a coming to age story which starts at the age 11 a
Apr 27, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea, is a coming of age, debut novel which takes place in a small sea-side town in Maine, in the 1960s. It's a place where most of the year round residents know each other.

Growing up for most young girls is hard enough, but for Florine Gilham, the story's young protagonist, it is even more painful. The summer she was 12, her mother, Carlie, who worked as a waitress, disappeared during her annual trip with a friend to Crow's Nest Harbor. The lives of Florine, her fat
Mouthful Of Books
Mar 20, 2016 Mouthful Of Books rated it liked it
Fazit: Irgendwie hatte ich mir mehr von der Geschichte erhofft als einen ständig zickigen Teenie. Das Ende trieft nur so vor Kitsch und war doch sehr vorhersehbar. Mir haben lediglich die ersten 150 Seiten gefallen, wo die Beziehung zwischen Carlie und Florine beschrieben wurde. Auch die innige Freundschaft der Clique hatte zeitweise gute Coming-of-Age Momente. Insgesamt aber absoluter Durchschnitt. Kann man lesen, muss es aber nicht.
Mar 08, 2016 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by: author coming to Vermont Booktopia 2016
"Read" this in two sittings. A coming of age story, I figured that out all by myself! A light read about teenaged Florine whose mother goes on a trip and never returns. Her father and she are soon at odds, so she moves in with her grandmother. Probably not a book I would have chosen for myself, but it kept me entertained.
The first of a series.
Jan 01, 2014 B.A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
This took a little close reading for the first chapter or so because of the wide cast, but once I was there, I was there and happy! Roger hands over the Maine coastline and the gritty rather than romantic reality of growing up in such a space. Rogers managed to make me root for but not always like the main character, Florine, and empathize with many of the more minor characters. If you like Coming-of-Age without the fluff and make-believe, daughter/father/step-mother dynamics, and strong landsca ...more
Robyn Yeary
Feb 10, 2016 Robyn Yeary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down, really enjoyed it. A coming of age story of a young women in the 1960's - she survives some hard losses - with a strong spirit. I look forward to reading more by this author - this is her first novel.
Apr 15, 2012 Aran rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Eine sehr bewegende Geschichte um die junge Florine. Man findet fast alle Emotionen in diesem Buch: von Trauer bis Lebensfreude, von Liebe bis Hass. Ich habe dieses Buch verschlungen. Man könnte evtl. bemängelt, dass Florine etwas zu viele Schicksalsschläge ereilen. Ich wollte auch zwischendurch das Buch bei Seite legen, weil ich nicht noch mehr Unglück ertragen konnte, aber es spiegelt dann eben doch das Leben wieder, dass man in manchen Dingen eben nicht beeinflussen kann. So sehr man es sich ...more
Trisha Owens
Apr 04, 2014 Trisha Owens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, loaned to me by author, and colleague, Anne Bowman,has a setting of coastal Maine in the early 60's. As a person who has lived in Maine for 3 decades, I can appreciate the scenes and idiosyncrasies of "Mainers" depicted in this book.It delves into the simple, seemingly idyllic but more often hard lives, of an adolescent young lady, Florine, and her parents, and her Grandmother, among others, and the small town community they live in. But things quickly and absorbingly, change for Flor ...more
Nov 09, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I checked this book out from the library while doing book club research and really enjoyed it. An intriguing story with well-thought out characters and the harsh but beautiful setting of the Maine coast. I loved the familial relationships between the main character and her dad and grandma. The latter part of the story when she gets involved with a rich, entitled summer resident gets a little annoying but it's all part of her journey and she does grow from it. A satisfying read all around.
Caroline Thomas
Mar 24, 2015 Caroline Thomas rated it really liked it
4,5 Stars
Aug 04, 2014 Heike rated it it was amazing
Was auch immer ich erwartet habe, das war es nicht. Aufgrund des Covers kann man leicht denken, dass es sich hierbei um einen fröhlichen netten Liebesroman handeln würde. Aber weit gefehlt.

Florine verliert in jungen Jahren ihre Mutter, die eines Tages einfach verschwunden ist.
Und als wäre der Weg durch die Pubertät nicht so schon schlimm genug, verliebt sich ihr Vater auch noch in eine andere Frau.
In ihrer Hilflosigkeit ist Florine oft ungerecht. Aber ich konnte sie verstehen, hab mit ihr gef
Lynn Pribus
May 20, 2015 Lynn Pribus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
While this had some pretty good reviews, I was listening to it and the juvenile voice of the female narrator -- probably not really a child, but trying to sound like one -- and the early going was too juvenile for me. I guess I'm pretty weary of coming-of-age novels.

OTOH, I had no trouble with the young girl in LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, so maybe it's the author's delivery.

Back to the Panama Canal. (Also reading Path Between the Seas.)
Apr 14, 2015 Brillosaurusrex rated it it was ok
Shelves: h-rbuch, 2014
Ich hab versehentlich die Reihenfolge der CDs durchgemischt... Der Geschichte hat dies keinen Abbruch getan, da der Fokus auf der Charakterentwicklung lag.

Ich hatte dem Cover nach ein fluffiges Buch erwatet. Das war es sicher nicht. Verlust und Einsamkeit haben Florine hart gemacht, obwohl sie sich nichts mehr als Sicherheit und Liebe wünscht.

Die Fortsetzung werde ich nicht lesen.
Apr 03, 2016 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: liked
What a happy find!
I read the two novels out of order, (Written on My Heart is the second), which wasn't a problem because they could stand alone--but you don't want to miss either story.

Morgan Rogers is a natural story teller. The words flow easily as if we were sitting at the table, drinking coffee/tea, as she told a poignant tale of the confusion of youth, tragedy without instant resolution, friendships that remain true even while people change and includes nice people one can imagine knowing
Sep 16, 2015 E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Everyone should have a Grand in her or his life. If we did, the world would be such a better place, as folks would have a wise, compassionate, practical, loving, forgiving presence to guide and protect them, at least for a little while. I selected this book to read as preparation/background for an upcoming trip to Maine. The setting of the small fictional coastal town in ME was beautifully rendered and the characters quite distinct and believable. Florine's narrative voice rings strong and true, ...more
May 12, 2013 Jasi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein Buch das ich schon mehrere Male gelesen habe. Das Mädchen tut mir unglaublich leid. Gleich zwei Mal wird sie vom Schicksal getroffen obwohl dazwischen gibt es ja noch einige andere Situationen mit denen sie fertig werden muss. Sie tut mir wirklich leid, aber ich bewundere sie für ihre Stärke! Ein tolles Buch!
Cathe Olson
After her mother disappears, Ruby can't seem to pick up the pieces and make a life for herself and becomes a very angry and disagreeable teenager.

After reading all of the glowing reviews, I expected to really like this book. I didn't hate it but I certainly didn't love it. I found the story pretty boring and repetitive, the main character Florine totally unlikeable, and the writing a bit overdone. It seemed like the author was trying too hard to use varied verbs, similes and metaphors so that th
Feb 18, 2014 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Morgan Callan Rogers wrote a compelling story about a young girl, on the verge of growing into an adult, whose mother disappears. It takes place in a small town in Maine, starting in 1963. This is a place in a time, with which I was unfamiliar. It was a very enjoyable read, contemplating the plight of Florine Gilham, as she first thinks her mother is just late arriving home, and then comes to the conclusion that she and her older, stoic father have been left. Florine's grandmother is the one who ...more
Sandy W
Sep 24, 2015 Sandy W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Completely enjoyed this book, cannot wait---sequel coming in February '16. However, don't read the blurb about the second book---spoiler alert! I did that and gave away the ending on the first book! Still loved the story!
Clea Danaan
Mar 07, 2016 Clea Danaan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The characters became real for me, and the plot haunts me. It's one of those books that leaves me mulling it over long after I've finished, both as a story that captured me, and as a beautifully crafted work of fiction. I seem drawn to books where a character deals with loss, and I think this book exemplifies why, which is that when we lose someone dear to us, we are brought to our very essence. We are forced to deal with what really matters while navigating our own failures a ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Polly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading a coming of age story of a young woman born the same year I was. So it's a historical novel, in a sense. Set in a familiar era, but an unfamiliar locale, a tiny Maine lobster-fishing village. The main character experiences challenges I missed within a culture I recognized. Rogers' writing style is at times spare and direct, totally action based. At others, her descriptions are captivating in their creativity. Found myself hurrying to finish, then sad I was done so quickly. I look ...more
Easy CD to listen to. Loved the images of hard living along the coast. Characters were believable and endearing. Finished it last night and went to bed content. But this morning I find myself picking it apart a bit. Honestly, can that many awful bad things happen to one girl in such a short time frame? Is that all there is to write about living along the coast: scraping by, longing after losses, lots of death, and if you're lucky, some stolen moments of happiness along the way? I hate it when it ...more
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