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And on the Eighth Day She Rested

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  551 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Four different women come together under the sometimes tenuous but always unbreakable bond of friendship.

Ruth Johnson has finally left her abusive husband of fourteen years and jumped feet first into "What the hell do I do now?" oblivion. Then into her life come three unforgettable women who turn her world upside down. Feisty, outspoken Bernice, a.k.a. "Bernie," has been t
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 1st 2001)
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Kim Hurd
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ruth Johnson spent 14 years in a abusive relationship she finally finds the courage to leave. She meets 3 incredible women all with different personalities and there own stories.Ruth rebuilds her life and gains her confidence back she finds love again only for it to break her heart, but what's meant for you is truly meant for you and Ruth finds this out. I highly recommend this as a must read and pay close attention to the message it delivers
Sep 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Handle the issues of abuse and escape that vicious cycle well. Shows how the main character attempts to rebuild her life as she leaves her abusive relationship. How she deals with meeting new friends, loves and a career.~~~~~~~This journey is not traveled in isolation. The author weaves in a supporting cast of colorful characters: In addition to her abusive ex-husband, Eric, she has a no nonsense best friend, Bernie, who saves Ruth's life in more ways than one; Clara, the surroga ...more
Feb 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-give-up
"...this book just wasnt that good. Not even good enough for me to finish..." (full review at
Mar 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love just about anything JD Mason writes. This was her freshman submission and it is very good. I love her language. It is so fluid and poetic.
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book! I found myself not being able to put it down. Just as I found the book becoming a bit predictable, JD Mason would throw something in that was totally unexpected! A wonderful read!!
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
awesome read. can't remember what year I read this book, but when I finished reading I knew I was a J.D. Mason fan for life. She is so under-rated.
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book i could not put it down.
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
And On the Eighth Day She Rested is a glimpse into Ruth Johnson's journey through life. The book begins with Ruth being in an abusive marriage, which she leaves. Divorce is a new beginning and Ruth begins her healing by doing what makes her happy. This includes establishing a home, losing weight (literal and figurative), enrolling in college, and falling in love.
Relationships (good & bad) are the center of this story. JD Mason establishes Ruth's relationship with her mother and grandmother
Demetreial Moore
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a roller coaster of events, suspense and emotions. It was a fantastic read, long but never boring at the least. I laughed, I cried, I had to step away from this book more than twice actually quite often, just to get a piece of mind, hell I felt like I was watching a good ass movie that I didn't want to end. I was able to relate to all four characters, including Sharon. But Ruth, my favorite of all them all inspired me the most. Ruth was lost but she later found herself, finding her ...more
Janet Hicks
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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love this book...getting past the abuse of a spouse and learning how to overcome the hurt and pain afflicted by other's ......learning how to love one self and in the process finding true it!
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Being in an abusive relationship is hard and not easy to walk away from. Ruth Johnson stayed with her abusive husband for 14 years, before getting the courage to leave. Letting go of the past is easier said then done. After leaving her husband, Ruth was nervous, and scared.
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A great work about the strength it takes to make changes in your life, the hardwork and dedication to remove yourself from what's going wrong. It tells of a woman's journey of self discovery and and self worth.

My first by J D Mason and I was definitely not disappointed!!!
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
rated 5 out of 5 **** with a powerful message for women dealing with difficult situations of abuse we find the interesting hurdle's the main character goes through to see if she becomes / #TRIUMPHANT ...more
Amber Gordon
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A story that says that there is life, friends, and love after being a victim of domestic violence. A story that women can learn from. I enjoyed it!
Rita bonsu
Dec 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome. It tells the story of a woman who was able to hold her own and get out of eighteen years of an abusive marriage, and soon after her divorce, finds true love. It's a must read.
I didn't finish this book either I had gave it to my mom to read. Then it was due back to the library.
May 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get past the first few pages and from our book club discussion, I'm glad I didn't...
Tandra Hill
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great read on triumph through hard times!
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago very good book
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read. I felt inspired. This gave me strength that as women no matter what our struggles are we can make it. Thanks Ms Mason.
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read this book a while ago and loved it! Actually tried to buy it for my newly purchased Nook, but it's not available : (
Tanisa Bernard
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mason is so motivating, i keep pushing toward a new day waiting on her next novel:)!
Tramika  Chatfield
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! Couldn't put my iPad down. I'm a hopeless romantic at heart and I was very pleased with the ending.
Nov 16, 2012 added it
Good feel good story....
J.R. Randle
Apr 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Excellent book.
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sexual-assault
Infatuation, Love, Loss, Inspiration, Forgiveness, Sisterhood, Self-Respect.

This was a testament.
May 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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