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Rubinrotes Herz, Eisblaue See (Florine #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,076 ratings  ·  218 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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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
EDIT 27.04.14: There is going to be a sequel, coming out in August - I'm a happy camper! :)
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
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
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
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.
Ich weiß nicht, wann ich das letzte Mal so ein tolles Buch gelesen habe. Einfach nur traurig schön, ein Herzensbuch!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Als Florines Mutter,Carlie von einem Tag auf den anderen spurlos verschwindet, ändert sich schlagartig das komplette Leben der Elfjährigen.
Unweigerlich stellt sich die Frage, ob Carlie einem Verbrechen zum Opfer fiel oder ob sie freiwillig aus dem kleinen Fischerdorf „The Point“ an der Nordostküste der USA abgehauen ist, doch alle Nachforschungen zum Verbleib ihrer Mutter verlaufen ergebnislos und so bleibt das Schicksal der jungen Frau ungeklärt. Florine kann das Verschwinden ihrer Mutter nicht
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Als Florines Mutter Carlie spurlos verschwindet, bricht für das 11-jährige Mädchen eine Welt zusammen. Ist Carlie weggelaufen? Sie wollte doch so gerne die Welt bereisen. Oder ist ihr etwas zugestoßen? Auch Florines Vater ist erschüttert. Anfangs warten beide Tag für Tag auf eine Nachricht oder einen Hinweis. Wird Carlie jemals wieder auftauchen? Wie werden Florine und ihr Vater mit der Situation umgehen?
Mit diesen und anderen Fragen über das Weiterleben, die Ungewissheit un
I've entered many Goodreads contests and was excited to finally be among the winners! This is a coming-of-age story, set largely in the 60s in a small town in Maine where only a handful of families live year-round. Florine finds herself adrift when her beloved mother, Carlie, disappears while on a girls' weekend away. Florine is left with her father, who loves her but with whom she struggles a bit, and a grandmother who is an institution in the town and is known to all as Grand. We see Carlie st ...more
I love to take a break and read a novel where you just slide right in the protagonist's life, because the author's style is so easy and natural. Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea is that kind of easy and comfortable read.

Florine's mother just disappears on an annual weekend away with a girlfriend, and she's left to navigate the perils of puberty without her young, fun and loving mother. Not to mention being left with the unanswerable question -- did she leave us or was she taken unwillingly? An
Als erstes muss ich sagen, dass der Titel und auch das Cover überhaupt nichts mit dem Buch zu tun haben und eher abschreckend für dieses wundervolle buch wirken..

ich hab mich trotz des furchbaren titel durchgerungen es zu kaufen, weil es bei so vielen tv-sendungen und bei radio eins so eine gute bewertung bekoemmen hat.. und es hat sie auch verdient..
Es ist ein Erslingswerk.. aber mit sehr viel Gefühl geschrieben.
Eine wirklich anrührende, sehr realistische Geschichte um ein Junges Mädchen die da
This review and interview initially appeared in The Maine Edge ( but was removed when we upgraded the website. Hurrah for never throwing things away!

'Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea'
Maine author makes a splash with debut novel

By Katy England
edge staff writer

Many people dream of writing the next Great American Novel.
Morgan Callan Rogers's novel “Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea” is a vivid tale told by Florine, a young girl growing up in a coastal
Jade Eby
Originally posted on my blog Chasing Empty Pavements

The first thing that made me want to read this novel was the cover. I thought it was simplistic yet gorgeous and mixed with the beautifully lyrical title, it was of course book lust at first sight. I'm so thankful that the book ended up being rather good. I was pleasantly surprised and gobbled this gem up on Thanksgiving Day almost as fast as I ate turkey and dressing!

My absolute favorite thing about this novel is the vibe and atmosphere I got
Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea by Morgan Callan Rogers. This book was provided to me free-of-charge by GoodReads, FirstReads.

I enjoyed this novel because it was easy to read even though, at times, it was sad. The setting is the 1960s in a small coastal Maine town with only a few year-round residents. Eleven-year-old Florine's mother, Carlie, disappears on a weekend trip with a girlfriend and we soon learn that her disappearance affects not only her family but the entire community. I sympathi
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