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Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  924 ratings  ·  195 reviews
A captivating debut, introducing a spirited young heroine coming of age in coastal Maine during the early 1960s.

When her mother disappears during a weekend trip, Florine Gilham's idyllic childhood is turned upside down. Until then she'd been blissfully insulated by the rhythms of family life in small town Maine: watching from the granite cliffs above the sea for her father
ebook, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Viking Books (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 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!
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
A painful coming-of-age tale set in coastal Maine rings with a young girl's loss of her mother and the slow process of growing up without the anchor that has defined her female aspirations. At twelve, Florine Gilham's world is filled with the anticipations of adolescence, a dawning awareness of the opposite sex, adoration of her sparkling mother, the security of family routine an a traditional paternal grandmother. All of this predictability falls apart when Carlie Gilham disappears on her annua ...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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
Apr 05, 2012 Brittany rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of coming-of-age novels
How I Came To Read This Book: Entertainment Weekly reviewed it and I thought it sounded interesting. I ended up being #1 on the library hold list to read it :)

The Plot: Florine is a 'townie' living in a small, Maine fisherman's village / summer resort in the 1960s. When we first meet her, she's a go-with-the-flow preteen with a fun-spirited mom named Carlie and a gruff but fair dad named Leeman. Everyone's lives are rocked however, when Carlie disappears during a weekend trip with a friend, and
Okay, I have a definite bias here because the author is a good friend, but leaving aside the many glasses of wine, laughs and hugs we've shared, this is a great read. It has a real, relatable and above all interesting and cheerworthy young female narrator. Florine is no drooping angst-ridden victim or tortured soul, nor is she a ninja warrior with no sense of humor. Though she has plenty of darkness to combat and in no way are the challenges she faces after her mother's disappearance prettified ...more
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Florine wächst wohlbehütet im Kreis ihrer Familie auf, bis ihre Mutter Carlie plötzlich aus heiterem Himmel verschwindet. Florine stellt Nachforschungen an, kann jedoch nicht klären, ob ihre Mutter freiwillig ging oder einem Verbrechen zum Opfer fiel. Während sich für alle anderen schon wieder normaler Alltag einstellt, knabbert Florine immer noch an dem Verschwinden ihrer Mutter. Als ihr Vater dann eine neue Beziehung eingeht, platzt Florine der Kragen und sie zieht zu ihrer Großmutter. Doch da ...more
Dec 18, 2011 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking for a good, tear-jerker story
Recommended to Renee by: First Reads
Shelves: first-reads
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Maine, 1963: Die elfjährige Florine wächst wohlbehütet bei ihren Eltern in einen kleinen Fischerdorf namens The Point an der Küste auf. Ihr Vater fährt jeden Tag auf das Meer zum Fischen hinaus, während ihre lebenslustige Mutter Carlie kellnert. Es sind Ferien und Florine verlebt einen schönen Sommer an der Seite ihrer unkonventionellen Mutter, das Glück scheinbar vollkommen. Doch auf einer Reise mit ihrer besten Freundin verschwindet Carlie eines Tag spurlos. Sämtliche Ermittlungen scheitern un ...more
Questo libro mi aveva catturata ancora prima di leggerlo. A partire dalla cover stupenda, proseguendo con un titolo importante che non passa inosservato e una trama profonda, ma che non ho voluto neanche leggere per intero per non rovinarmi la sorpresa. La storia si è dimostrata assolutamente degna di tutte le aspettative, anche di più! La protagonista è Florine, una ragazzina di 12 anni. Il lettore avrà modo di conoscere la sua vita a 360°, vivere a suo fianco nel piccolo paesino di pescatori a ...more
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