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The Ruby of the Sea

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  34 reviews

From the award-winning author of The Promise Kitchen comes a riveting new story of twin sisters caught in their mother’s crosshairs on what to do about their disturbed younger sister.

Lush with devastating secrets, lies, romance and psychological drama…”You tell me about a family without a certain amount of dysfunction, and I’ll tell you that family is lying.”


Kindle Edition, 394 pages
Published February 5th 2020 by Alliance Press
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The Ruby of the Sea the story of a family divided by secrets and mystery set amidst the lush landscape of Key West. Told in alternating viewpoints, I was quickly pulled into the story. A word of warning: have the tissues handy. This one is a tear jerker. Having dealt with the ups and downs of mental illness in a family member, The Ruby of the Sea was an emotional read for me. Peggy Lampman shines a light on the stigma of mental illness!
Bambi Rathman
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing more precious than the love that families share with each other. That love is often challenged with life, events, and secrets that bend that love to almost breaking. Ms. Lampman has written a book that challenges the Chandler family to the very core. It's an emotionally heart wrenching family drama about three sisters, Linnea and Delphina who are twins, and their younger sister, Ivy. Each one with secrets that they hold so close inside they lose their bonds of sistership. What ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those rare books that I had to wait a few days before I could write my review. The characters continued to resonate in my thoughts after the last page and I wanted to make sure that I could wait to give an honest review. My short review is YOU MUST READ THIS NEW NOVEL by Peggy Lampman. My longer and more in depth review follows:

This beautiful and well written novel is about a family in Key West, Florida - not just the Key West that we've all seen in movies or as tourists but the
Patricia Sands
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Linnea Chandler returns to her family’s home, now a B & B, in a 19th Century lighthouse in Key West, after a fifteen-year absence of her own choosing. Reunited with her twin sister, Delphina, and their younger sister, Ivy, the dysfunction of their relationships becomes apparent and is exacerbated by the alternate reality their parents espouse as they continue to bury demons … some imagined, others true. Secrets and lies conflict with Linnea’s wavering desire to make things right. She ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
-BOOK REVIEW (ARC): The Ruby of the Sea by author Peggy Lampman

-Releasing 2020

Allow me to begin by saying~ Very few books will wake me in the middle of the night and whisper, "it's time to experience more." This book was more than whispering to me, it was touching my heart. Truly.

A powerful story steeped rich in historical legend, family dysfunction, personal triumphs, the tender subject of mental illness along with secrets, drama, romance and the very personal journey of finding ones own way
Judy Christiana
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On the back cover: "You tell me about a family without a certain amount of dysfunction, and I’ll tell you that family is lying.”

I have been saying something close to this for years. Life is messy. Families are complicated. Marriage takes effort and hard work. If someone does not believe this, they are lying. The Ruby of the Sea is an extremely well written, deeply emotional book! I felt, from the beginning, that it was like a run-away train heading to a ravine, with the bridge missing.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copies
I was so excited when Peggy reached out and asked if I would read The Ruby Of The Sea in exchange for a review copy. This was the first book I have read of hers and now I need to get my hands on her others!! I don't read a lot of Women's Fiction and really need to change that.

The Ruby Of The Sea is a beautifully written emotional rollercoaster ride. I was captivated on page one and couldn't put it down. The characters are extremely well developed and I found myself connecting with them
Susan Peterson
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Ruby of the Sea is a compelling book about sisters, the their love for each other, their shared past, and secrets. This is an emotional read that deals with mental illness and environmental issues, along with this story of family. I’m glad that the story was told from each of the sisters’ point of view, so that we really got to find out what was in their hearts. Key West provides a wonderful setting for this story.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
WOW! A powerful story of a broken family, history of mental illness, secrets, as it takes you to the beautiful setting of Key West, Florida.
The story is told from the view points of three sisters. Beautifully written story that really was heart wrenching and kept me engrossed in the story from beginning to end.
This story will stay with me for a long time.

I received an ARC prior to publication and decided to voluntarily review it.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I literally could not put this book down once I started it. It's an emotional roller coaster of a read with beautifully written characters who I felt attached to from page one.

I just adore the characters Peggy Lampman has created, and how real and flawed and beautiful they are. You'll definitely relate to them, and to the family drama that unfolds with each page. This book is full of strong female characters, family love and loyalty, secrets, and devastation. And it's written with such
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-giveaway
Family is everything! You can’t choose them, and there is no doubt some are wonderful and some not so perfect. We all know this. In this poignant, heartfelt, touching story that took me on an unbelievable emotional journey The Ruby of the Sea will open your eyes to the truth about some very difficult topics that the world needs to be more aware of in my opinion. Family dysfunction and mental illness, and other topics we don’t talk about openly wreak havoc in people’s lives. In this story I was ...more
Linda Zagon
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Ruby of the Sea" by Peggy Lampman, February 2020

Peggy Lampman, author of "The Ruby of the Sea" has written an emotional and captivating novel. The Genres for this novel are Psychological Drama, Fiction, and Romance. The timeline of the story is in the author's present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The story takes place in Key West Florida. The author describes her characters as dysfunctional, complex and complicated.

Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Set against the colorful backdrop of Key West, The Ruby of the Sea is the story of three sisters, twins Linnea and Delphina and their younger sister Ivy. What at first feels like a lighter, beach-y read of family drama and the bond of sisters, becomes a book that dives into serious topics of mental health, rape and the struggles of being a new mother. The author has an afterward of the situations in her own life that prompted her to write the book and it provided a meaningful wrap up to a really ...more
Sylvia Dominick
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully written masterpiece The Ruby of the Sea is by Peggy Lampman! From family dynamic, sexual assault, mental illness, and sisterly love, you are taken to a place that no one wants to discuss, and therefore, causes long-term effects on this entire family, as well as the characters who surround them. I felt one part of the ending coming, but never would have guessed at the rest. I won't ruin this fabulous work of art by revealing the story. Each character has his or her own unique ...more
Lori Frazier
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed
An amazing novel that takes you to Key West and into a family full of secrets, fears, and issues. The characters were well thought out and I was pulled into their stories. Another awesome novel by Peggy Lampman.
Debbi Hicks
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In THE RUBY OF THE SEA Peggy Lampman casts the net early and I was captivated on page one. The Chandler family lives in a lighthouse in Key West, Florida. They're loving, quirky, dysfunctional and have a heartbreaking secret. I felt a personal connection to each of them and the beauty of their somewhat broken and cracked relationships is that the love shines through.
Well placed humor and a subplot surrounding the family business that adds an element of mystery, as well as a romance carry us
Angela Sanford
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a breathtaking novel that will leave you speechless! The lives of three sisters seem to be intertwined not only by blood but by hidden secrets that will lead to a devastating end. Twin sister's Linnea and Delphina have always been close but living thousands of miles apart, there are some distances that cannot be bridged. Coming home to Key West for a visit is hard for Linnea because she has a phobia of the ocean due to past secrets that she will not reveal. Being attracted to the one man ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peggy Lampman’s latest book rocked me to the core. I had to sit and think about it after finishing it. It is a powerful and important book. It is a love letter to Key West but more importantly a novel that tackles the subject of

mental illness in a sensitive yet non compromising way. The characters were all Real to me and I loved them with all their foibles. I am so glad the author wrote this book! Please read it when it debuts in February. I will be writing more about it when it is closer to the
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The compelling, poignant story of a family, with all its pain, joy, love, secrets and shared revelations. The colorful and engaging cast will draw you in, as they face their demons, deepen their connection to one another, and find the strength to move on. Peggy Lampman's characters will linger in your mind, and heart, long after the last page. Lively and rich. A gem of a novel.
Kerry Anne King
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this beautifully woven tale of three sisters, Lampman explores the devastating impact of mental illness on family and creativity without ever losing sight of the glory of being alive and the transformative power of love. This is an important book, definitely one for the book clubs!
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! I have read books by this author that I loved! This book has taken my love for her writing to a whole new level! This emotional and relatable story of a family filled with secrets and pain had me near tears many times. The struggles of these characters are what many people deal with every single day and Ms. Lampman dove into my heart. Will this family be able to overcome the secrets of their past and find forgiveness? You’ll have to read it to find out! This book will stay with me for a ...more
Margaret Yelton
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ruby of the Sea is a very well written, deeply emptional book set in Key West. Family love at times can be challenged by many different issues. The Chandler family is one of those families, this book is gut wretching at times as the sisters come to terms with one sisters bout with mental issue. You may want to have a box of tissues handy while you read this book. The author has the ability to pull her readers into the lives of her characters. I received a ARC from the author and am under no ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know the old saying, "You can't go home again"? Linnea is harboring a secret from her teen years that makes home a place she doesn't want to be. When Linnea does go home, to picturesque Key West, after 12 years away, will she be able to leave again?

The Ruby of the Sea is full of family secrets, drama, a little mystery and sheds a much needed light on mental illness. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the setting (how great would it be to live in an historic lighthouse?). I appreciated that
Barbara Sissel
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A history of mental illness troubles the water of this emotional and suspenseful story that dives deep into the territory of family relationships and the nature of forgiveness. Even as a building hurricane off the coast of the Florida Keys tightens its coil in preparation to strike, a densely woven web of secrets kept out of love has begun to unravel between mothers and children, siblings and lovers. And either threat holds the power to shatter lives. The setting by itself is a feast for the ...more
Barbara White
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE RUBY OF THE SEA is a beautiful story about a loving, but broken family, and the historic lighthouse in which they live. As one twin sister returns to face terrifying memories of the sea, the family must confront the secret they have avoided: the younger sister suffers from bipolar disorder. This is a story of home as the place of safety and support set against the dangers and fears that haunt every family. As the reader contemplates the meaning of home, she is rewarded with lush descriptions ...more
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that touches your heart and just stays there. The setting is Key West, Florida, and the author paints an amusing picture of life there, with strangely themed parades and free chickens roaming around. Peggy Lampman has mastered the craft of creating characters who are realistic and enjoyable, with a lot of weaknesses that they have to learn to accept in each other. Delphina and Linnea are twins and Ivy is their younger sister. All of the sisters have secrets, although ...more
Missy Beckhorn
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a powerful story. The Ruby of the Sea is layered, meaningful and a must read. This book will stick with me for a very long time.
Carla Suto
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE RUBY OF THE SEA by Peggy Lampman is a beautifully-written and heart-wrenching story that kept me engaged from beginning to end. Set in Key West, Florida, it is rich in history, family drama, mystery and romance as well as a heartfelt and honest look at mental illness, life-changing traumatic events and the journey to acceptance and healing. I loved the vibrant descriptions of the setting and the characters. I felt like I was right there with them, sharing their deepest secrets and their ...more
Tasha Doughman
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, arc-s
First off, I just want to thank Peggy Lampman for gifting me a copy of this book for review. After reading the synopsis, I just had to get my hands on it.

This was more of a slow-paced book. It was totally okay mainly because I loved all of the descriptions of literally everything. To the smell of the ocean to the taste of the key lime pie. I’ve never visited Florida, I’ve always wanted to. Peggy did an amazing job describing what Key West, Florida is and well, I need to take a vacation!

Lisa Neumeyer
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book will transport the reader to Key West, Florida. Details about the residents and food are so colorful, I want to try Key Lime Pie for the first time in my life! The character's personalities and needs are revealed throughout the chapters which are clearly marked with each of the 3 sister's names. While all families have "tension", this group has all sorts of secrets that hinder their relationships. Environmental, medical and historical facts are shared, to make sense of what each family ...more
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I’m thrilled with the release of “The Ruby of the Sea”. Writing this book did me in, more so than my others.

It took an army of professionals and friends to lend perspective and authenticity to Linnea, Delphina and Ivy’s story. I looked more to the council of others than I had done in my previous work. I've given everything I’ve got to this fragile crew--hopefully, the world is kind!

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