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Three Friends. One City. Waiting to Exhale in the "A."

Brunch at Ruby's is warm, funny southern women's fiction about three friends who live in Atlanta and everything that happens to them before, during and after their monthly brunch at Ruby's Soul Food in downtown Decatur, Georgia. It's also about finding and keeping love, lifelong friendships with women who are like siste
294 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Books by DL White
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Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most well written self published books I've come across. The characters are fully fleshed out and their friendships and relationships are very realistic. I'd highly recommend it for readers that loved The Supremes at Earl's All You Can Eat or Waiting to Exhale. Kudos to the author on this debut novel. ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The first page of this book made me want to get somewhere quiet and indulge in this story. Between school, research papers and work I haven't had a lot of time to read but every chance I got I was in this book. The characters were so well developed and I felt like I knew them personally.

Renee left a relationship and job to care for her sick father. She thought she would only be moving in with her dad temporarily but it turned into a permanent situation. Debra is a high school principal, a wife
Monica **can't read fast enough**
I really loved listening to this audio book. Sharell Palmer did an excellent job bringing the characters to life. White created three female characters that are so familiar and relatable that I found myself being able to relate strongly to all of them. I don't share the same personality as Maxine, but I swear there were times when I could hear one of my sisters talking and behaving in the exact same way that she does. Maxine is high maintenance and proud of it. Debra and Renee are both dealing w ...more
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DL White has done it: written a wonderful book about friendship and all its foibles in such a way that you don't want the book to end. In Brunch at Ruby's, we meet lifelong friends Debra, Renee and Maxine when all three are a crossroads in their lives: Maxine is convinced she's met Mr. Right (based on standards her mother has instilled in her since her youth--wealthy and cultured and above her station), Debra has been caught in a clinch with her lover and the shit is about to hit the fan at the ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
This book was fun!

Renee left a good job and a handsome boyfriend to return to Atlanta intending to place her father, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimers, into a nursing home, sell her deceased mother's bookstore, the house and hightail it back to Philly.
But instead something happens.
She starts to enjoy owning the bookstore.
Her old best friends from childhood become her best friends again.
And she meets a very nice man.
A very nice man who is introduced to her and coveted by her best friend Maxi
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An APB Perspective Review:

Every time I discover a new author who is unique and gifted I smile , that's how I feel about D.L. White. " Brunch At Ruby's" is like no other book I have read , I normally don't read a book with more than one hero and heroine in books because the book gets confusing, I did not feel that way about this book the way the author laid out the story I was totally engaged with each character. The story was sad and happy and funny each women had a different story to tell ,but
Teresa Mcmillian
Food and Fellowhip

I read this novel because it was recommended by one of my favorite authors. This novel follows the lives and friendship of Debra, Renee, and Maxine. Each lady's situation is different. You learn how they deal with the problems that each faces. This was an enjoyable read and I'll be looking for more books from this author.
KayBee's  Bookshelf
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a relatable and entertaining listen. The characters, while not likable per se, were interesting. The story flowed very well. The author placed the characters, a narcissist, an adulterer in denial and weakling, real-life situations. The audio production was well done. The narrator did a great job of giving voice to the characters.
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Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story, likable and relatable characters. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to more from this author! ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good girlfriend read, especially one that gives you the real deal on the yin and yang of friendship. This is one of many aspects of Brunch at Ruby's that kept me turning the pages. We meet three friends – Renée, Debra, and Maxine - and I found a personal connection with all three characters. Renee wears many hrs in her life: caregiver for her ailing father, bookstore owner, & the struggle of coming out of her own shell. There's a sweetness in her I wish I had - only if I didn't have so ...more
Marythios (AkaSusanne )
In the story Brunch at Ruby's, we meet lifelong friends Debra, Renee and Maxine. All three of these women are at crossroads in their lives: Maxine is convinced she's met Mr. Right based on what her mother taught her to look for in a partner. Debra marriage is falling apart she has been caught in a an affair and the everything is about to hit the fan at the school where she's principal. The man she decided to have an affair with is the Athletic Director at the school. Renee is struggling to deal ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good friend is hard to fine even harder to keep!

I simply loved the story it’s a story of three lifelong best friends. These girlfriends have been through it all together and separately. And through it all they have brunch once a month at Rubys! Friends are truly hard to fine and even harder to keep! I guarantee you you’ll see yourself or one of your girlfriends in the three some. Definitely five stars.
Paulette L. Jones
Can I tell you how much I love a girlfriends type novel. I always feel like I'm one of the crew. DL White did such a great job with pulling me into each story line but still keep a great flow. A few times my heart jumped waiting to see what was next and man was it worth the wait. This was such a great read now on to the next. ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really impressed with D.L. White's debut novel, Brunch at Ruby's.

The three main characters, best friends Maxine, Debra, and Renee, are some of the most well-defined characters I've ever read about. I have a big pet peeve with authors who create characters that are ill-defined, or start out well-defined, but then do things that seem completely out of character. When I read Brunch at Ruby's, I could tell that the author knew her players inside and out, and I really, really appreciated that.
Jamie Zaikov
This was our book club pick for the month of April. The characters were so well developed that everyone could speak of each character so clearly. We knew the personalities and motivations of each character inside and out. The debate came when we spoke of whether we sympathized with the character's decisions. Half the room felt bad for Debra and her secret. The other half loved Maxine despite her abrasiveness. Everyone loved Renee because Renee is every woman. We were happy with the ending, but w ...more
Vondetta Carter
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great story about three friends, Maxine, Debra and Renee. Each of these ladies had a long standing friendship. Each has to face some difficult situations. One has an affair. One nearly loses the love she had been searching for all her life. One has to face a horrible disease that has consumed her an her family.

Old jealousy and pain surfaces but they each fight to survive. Each has to make some difficult choices but become better women and better friends because of their decisions.

First ti
Lily Java
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Brunch at Ruby's Ms. White gives us a heartwarming story about friendship, obligations, choices, and love. Told from the perspective of three women who've been close friends since they were young -- each of the women is a finely drawn, interesting character and I found much to relate to in each of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As each woman faced massive challenges in their attempts to live life happily with love, how the story unfolded made it an often surprising and awesome read. Di ...more
Mia Morgan
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What can I say? This book was fantastic. It makes me wants to call up my friends and find us a spot like Ruby's. I saw this book was mentioned on Goodreads and I said I think I will try it out. I am so glad I did. I did not want to put it down. Debra, Maxine, and Renee, I loved them. Maxine was just so crazy and funny. I have been reading DL White and I must say I am enjoying her work. Now, let me see what is next from this author.
Christle Southall
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The narration of this book was really good. I like the character development. The story provides a stark examination of whether females can be true friends, and just how there are sometimes give and take to maintain friendships. That being said, I'm really glad that my experience with my sister-friends DO NOT mirror the ups and downs that the characters faced in the book. Kept my interest throughout with a few jaw-dropping moments. ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm biased as my dear friend wrote this, but you'd be amazed how hard it is to find books these days that have compelling, three-dimensional female characters who aren't manic pixie stereotypes, and damn if she doesn't do the loveliest job of writing them. ...more
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, romance
I'm late to the party, but this was a wonderful debut novel. Couldn't put it down. ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Just the book I needed to read! A wonderful story about friendship, romance, and getting what you need in life, even when it’s not what you thought you wanted.
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brunch at Ruby’s by D.L. White is fun and fierce novel about friendship, love, and good food. Readers will want to be the fourth place at the table and that is not just because the descriptions of the food will make you hungry.

I really enjoyed this book. It is very easy to compare this to other well-known books about female friendship because this is a book about women and the support system we all need as we navigate the curves that life throws at us. But this book easily takes it place at the
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brunch at Ruby’s by DL White is a fun, entertaining story which could definitely be classed as ‘chick lit’, but with a little more of a kick to it!

The main 4 characters are a mix of women with varying personalities. Debra has just been caught having an affair with a PE teacher at the school she works at, Renee is looking after her sick father and Maxine is on a quest to find the perfect, rich man to be her future husband. Each have their own very different lives b
Kim DW
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I am a little apprehensive about reading new authors. This book kept popping up as a recommendation. So I decided to read the sample and was hooked. I ended up purchasing this book and found it was a hidden gem. Sometimes when a book focuses on more than 2 main characters it becomes a distraction. However not with this book. All three characters were well developed and the story flowed. This author made it worked effortlessly. Friendships/relationships sometimes can be complicated and ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I'll fully admit that I often start off reading a self-published very skeptically. In my defense, I've read some truly awful ones. However, I knew enough about D.L.'s writing to have generally high hopes. Brunch At Ruby's was not a let down.

Debra, Maxine and Renee and all of their life goings-on are at turns delightful, hilarious, compelling and maddening. In other words, these characters are well-developed and extremely realistic. In addition, the supporting cast of characters adds another
Lisa Tetting
I enjoyed the friendship of Renee, Debra and Max. The ladies were as different as they could be, yet shared an unbreakable bond. Though I did not like Max at all, I was happy that she finally got off her high horse and saw that she was being selfish and stupid throwing away the love of s good man and her life long friend over a crush she had on a man who did not want her in the least.

Debra and Renee had their faults, but in the end they were all good people who loved hard and put family first.
Marilyn Stanley
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved it! I can't remember the last time that I read a book that I actually enjoyed so very much. I loved the characters - cheering for one , then the other, getting mad at their choices and then deciding they had made the right one after all. This is a pick-it-up-and-don't-put-it-down-book!

I highly recommend it
Nicole Sharon
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was really good! I wanted to reach in the pages and strangle Maxine! There's no way I would ever befriend a chic like her. It was good and relatable. I enjoyed it!
This book is a 3.5 for me; this would be a great beach read.
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DL White is an Atlanta based author of women's fiction and romance, centering Black men and women. She began seriously pursuing a writing career in 2011.

She has a deep and abiding love for coffee and Sunday Brunch, especially on a patio, but her true obsession is water— lakes, rivers, oceans, waterfalls.

By day she is an Executive Administrative Assistant for a billion dollar beverage brand. By ni

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