A grieving young widow and a pregnant teenager find an uncommon friendship in a luminous, deeply moving novel.
After a college student speeding in a blue Honda Civic kills her husband of less than a year, Olivia is completely lost. One hot summer day, she walks into the beachfront Rhode Island cottage she and David bought the previous August—the place where they had planned to someday start a family—and finds a stranger sitting at her kitchen table.
Pregnant fifteen-year-old Ruby is looking for a safe haven for herself and her baby-to-be. Olivia takes her in, desperate to assuage her grief through human connection, even with a troubled teenager. But Ruby has something else that Olivia wants. When she agrees to let Olivia adopt her unborn child, Olivia’s life begins to change in ways she never imagined.
A story of love, loss, and unexpected friendship, Ruby introduces two women who help each other move on with their lives in a world where there are no easy answers.
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I would recommend another one of Ann Hood's books instead. Ruby was marginal in comparison.
The performance was very enjoyable.
The characters never became up close and personal enough for me to have an extreme reaction. I never became connected personally to any of the characters.
I loved The Red Thread and The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood. Ruby was not nearly as engaging as those. I expected the story to be a rich tapestry of characters and details but felt like the same events were happening over and over again. I finished the book, but would probably not have been bothered if I hadn't.
- amy cherry
No not really. Once is enough
The characters were easy to imagine.
When she decided to keep her baby.