The Ruby of the Sea
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.”
Linnea has traveled the country for over a decade when she finally returns home to Key West, Florida. She has a secret, a mental illness.
Her family, including her parents and two sisters, live in an old lighthouse (do you know how much I love lighthouses?!). Their home also has secrets.
The story involves a shipwreck’s fortunes, an impending hurricane, and great tension throughout.
I think Peggy Lampman handled ment ...more
Each sister hides secrets from the others - a l ...more
This is a book that takes a little time to move past so you can read the next book on your to be read stack.
I would recommend this 4 star book for a weekend read. Once you pick it up you are not going to want to put it down.
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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 K ...more
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 th ...more
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 immediate ...more
The family is coming into grips trying to help their mother and their younger sister Ivy who has bipolar disorder. The story is set in Key West, Florida where they live in a 19th century lighthouse with a history of its own.
Immersed in the issues of mental health and family drama, this family tries to face t ...more
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. Impendin ...more
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.
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 hear ...more
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 t ...more
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.
The aut ...more
Well placed humor and a subplot surrounding the family business that adds an element of mystery, as well as a romance carry us thr ...more
By Peggy Lampman
An exceptional familial tale that takes you to the very heart of a family and looks into the innermost depths of the good and bad that a person can exemplify. To learn what you think you know about someone that’s as close to you as can be but to realize you don’t know them at all. This book shows how human connections are formed and how easily they can be broken. Told from the perspective of three daughters; two whom are twin adult daughters (Delphina & Linnea) ...more
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 ...more
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!
It's a grippin ...more