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The Fortunes of Ruby White

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Ruby White has been pushed too far; she quits her job as a secretary to the worst of the Knobbes at Knobbe & Sons.

With nothing else to fill her time, Ruby soon finds herself at a seminar for those who are Hyper-Audio-Aware, a condition she never knew existed, run by the Jaasmyn Empire, a company she’s never heard of. To Ruby’s surprise, she is offered a job.

Paperback, 371 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Simon and Schuster Australia (first published 2010)
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
The Fortunes of Ruby White was not quite what I was expecting. At the center of this lighthearted, chick lit novel is a thread of unease as Ruby is pulled into the cult like environment of the Jassmyn Empire. Still hurting after a messy breakup, albeit 21 months ago, and now jobless, after refusing to memo her boss's mistress a Dear Jane letter, Ruby is feeling lost until she stumbles into a yoga class that directs her to the Jassmyn Empire. Offered boundless flattery, and a job, Ruby can hardly ...more
Maree Kimberley
It's times like these I need half stars on these reviews, but I'm being generous & giving this book 3 stars instead of 2 & a half. I probably wouldn't be so generous if this wasn't a first time author. This is an uneven book with a lot of flaws, but it has charm and some lovely touches of humour that show the author, while unpolished, has some real talent. I really wish her editor had talked to her about sentence structure, particularly the use of 'ing' phrases. They nearly drove me to d ...more
John Flackett
First off, I need say that I know Lia Weston. A friend of mine introduced me and that was how I found out about, and finally read The Fortunes of Ruby White. This confession is important, not only because I feel like I should be transparent, but more importantly, without the introduction to Lia I would never have even picked up this book. That’s because I’m a bit of a geek and nearly 100% of my reading (which is a lot) is technical in nature. To be honest, I probably only started reading Ruby Wh ...more
I'll write a proper review later. For now, if you ever get the chance to read this book, do so.

Gonna re-read this to write a proper review
Some proper editing could turn it into a decent short story - but probably not. In a word: nonsensical.
This is the thorougly entertaining story about young woman, Ruby White and her induction into the amazing Jasmyn Empire: a happy-clappy emporium of scented candle sniffing, robed, yoga addicted floaty individuals whose path to inner peace may very well be a decent into hell. While family and friends look on, Ruby becomes more and more immeshed in this other world, a world controlled by the magnetic Jasmyn. Not surprisingly, Ruby eventually reaches a crossroads where she must make a choice betwee ...more

Basic premise: A woman seeking direction and purpose in her life is swept up by the promises of a local "cult" known as the Jaasmyn Empire. We know it's all a fraud, because these things always are, but nonetheless we watch as Ruby slowly falls down the rabbit hole turning her back on friends and family who try to help. The book is funny, indeed hilariously so, but also somewhat disquieting. I just read--somewhat belatedly--the article from the New Yorker about Scientology (from February 2011?),
This was a frustrating read for me; Weston can write and shows talent. What she badly needed in her debut effort was a good editor. The opening chapters demonstrate her ability where we are introduced to Ruby, her family and friends. Ruby is an appealing character, she's smart, witty and has an enviable talent for sarcasm. After she quits her job she begins working for the Jaasmyn Empire, a woo-woo company that makes ordinary things marketed as objects that will transform your life. Weston's exp ...more
I really enjoyed this book as a light read. While it may not have been written the best, it was enjoyable and easy to read. I enjoyed following Ruby's journey through what she believed to be an enlightening journey and the obstacles along the way. I would recommend this book for what I call and "in-between" book, when you want something to lighten the mood and take you away from the everyday in between more in depth serious books.
3.5 stars..

Not a bad read but I lost interest halfway through. I did pick it back up and finish though but I don't think that book was for me!
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Lia Weston was born in Sydney and then found herself growing up in Adelaide, to her surprise. Surviving an adolescence spent at an all-girls' religious school instilled a curiosity about the numerous parallels between cults and organised religion, as well as a life-long hatred of berets. A move into publishing saw her marketing non-fiction books by day and practising pagan rites by night. One high ...more
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“Ruby poked at her rice, her mind racing. Perhaps he'd mistaken her for someone who had done a massage course or was qualified to give spriritual advice. She could only give advice on spirits, and only then if they were alcoholic.” 2 likes
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