Healing Ruby, Volume 1 : Healing Ruby

  • by Jennifer H. Westall
  • Narrated by Andi Arndt
  • Series: Healing Ruby
  • 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen..."
Ruby Graves, a young girl in Depression-era Alabama, faces the hardships of poverty and loss with as much faith as she can muster. At only the age of 13, she's already lost a younger brother to illness and now faces losing both her father and the boy who's stealing her heart to illnesses as well. Armed with her beloved scriptures, she prays daily for their healing, only to have her tender faith shattered by her father's death.
Through her pain, she's able to connect with her long-lost Uncle Asa, whose mere presence at his brother's funeral brings murmurs of a scandalous past involving her parents and a prominent local pastor, Irwin Cass. When Ruby discovers that one of Asa's many secrets is an ability to heal, and that she may be next in line for the "gift", she vows to find the faith that has eluded her so far, a faith that could mean never losing loved ones again.
But faith and doubt can't reside in the same heart, not according to her father, and doubt is Ruby's constant companion. As she struggles to find the true meaning of faith, she's opposed at every turn by the pastor who would see her family destroyed and a community that can't see deeper than the color of one's skin. Through her search for a faith that could move mountains and a true understanding of her gift, can Ruby trust in a God that may require the ultimate sacrifice?


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

On my "Best of the Year" list already

The setting is Depression-era Alabama and Andi Arndt, the narrator, does an excellent job with the southern accent for Ruby and the other characters. The vocals are just the right balance, don’t imply the characters are uneducated, nor do they inhibit you from understanding what’s being said. Even when the narrator is voicing Ruby’s brothers, which you might think would be hard to follow which one was speaking since they are both young men, she manages them well by passing the authors different personalities for the brothers to you.
I read that this story is inspired by events in the life of the author’s grandmother. If so, she’s a woman I wouldn’t mind meeting someday. In respect to the story, don’t let the idea that this work is labelled as religious make you hesitate. Everyone asks themselves why do bad things happen to good people. How much hardship can land on a family? Ruby questions how to navigate her life, her faith and how to help those around her. I don’t mind saying there were many places in this work that brought tears to my eyes. There’s some real heartache included, but hope also.
There are times when a character may quote a Bible passage and I thought it helpful that the book, chapter and verse were sometimes mentioned. That way if you wanted to delve into that passage a little more you could.
This is not my regular genre for reading. I usually have my nose in a mystery, sci-fi or a how- to book. The storyline, the heart and the quality of writing wouldn’t let me put this book down. I took my tablet to work and listened to it while doing data entry. Others listen to music, I wanted to know what was going to happen next in Ruby’s world. I can’t recommend this book enough. It is one of my ‘best’ reads this year.
I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in order to listen and write my honest review of the work.
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- Felita Daniels

Enchanting story, beautifully written and narrated

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Every character is voiced beautifully by Andi Arndt. Each voice pulls you back to a place and time we may be slightly familiar with, but in which we are now immediately and compellingly dropped into by their finely crafted personalities and stories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Healing Ruby, Volume 1?

I don't want to give away any spoilers. But, when my bluetooth went off in my car, I had to find a safe place to pull over, so I could hear what came next in the story. I didn't want to have to wait a minute to hear what the next word was.

What about Andi Arndt’s performance did you like?

Andi Arndt has a mellifluous tone that is both comforting and compelling. Each word and character comes to life, as if they are sharing their secrets directly with the listener.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I smiled and cried throughout the audiobook and hated for it to end. At times, I felt so frustrated or angry with a character or heartbroken for a character I could hardly stand it. I was so invested in Ruby's life and journey and that of her friends and family.

Any additional comments?

I hope there will be a sequel. I would love to spend more time in Ruby's world and with these rich, interesting characters.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2016
  • Publisher: Jennifer H. Westall