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Publisher's Summary

Forbidden love. Family secrets. A twist of fate. The stunning new generational saga from Belinda Alexandra, best-selling author of Tuscan Rose and White Gardenia.
In New Orleans - the city of genteel old houses covered in Spanish moss, of seductive nightlife, of Creole, voodoo and jazz - two women separated by time and tragedy will find each other at last.
Amanda, orphaned as a child and suffering the loss of her beloved grandmother, has left Sydney in search of a family she never knew. Ruby, constrained by the expectations of society and class, is carrying a lifetime of secrets. Amanda's arrival sparks revelations long buried: a double life, a forbidden love, and a loss that cannot be forgotten.
Southern Ruby is a sweeping story of love, passion, family and honour. Alternating in time between the 1950s and the eve of Hurricane Katrina, it is also a tribute to a city heady with music, drama, history and superstition which has borne the tumults of race and class and the fury of nature but has never given up hope.
©2014 Belinda Alexandra (P)2016 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Filled with glamour, heartbreak, drama and suspense." (The Age)
"Intrigue, passion, betrayal - all the ingredients for a must-read novel." (Woman's Day)
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By Maria on 01-22-17

Absolutely brilliant!

I have been a huge Belinda fan ever since I discovered them in 2010. Authors Kate Morton and Belinda Alexandra are two of my all-time faves. I didn't even realize this had come out, so when I saw it in the new releases, I was thrilled. I devoured it all in almost one entire listen. It did not disappoint! Right away the story grabs you and sucks you in. I love, love, love, dramatic fiction stories about genealogy, family secrets and historical places. This novel about an Australian woman uncovering her roots in New Orleans was gorgeous both in writing and setting. And as usual, Caroline Lee was perfect. I've said it before... she is my all-time favorite narrator, and I am a devoted fan. She brings you into the story so well that at times one forgets it's even a book - it feels so realistic. I adored it, and my only complain was that it had to end. Highly recommend!!

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By Julie on 01-19-17

Terrible NOLA/Southern Accent

Good story. I like Caroline Lee, but her Southern/NOLA accent and pronunciation of local places...in a word- TERRIBLE, just terrible. It made the story difficult to listen to at first. Once I got involved I overlooked the accent. It probably won't bother someone who is not from the South or from USA for that matter, but to a local it was awful.

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By Gwen on 10-19-16

Atmospheric with characters I would love to meet.

Atmospheric with characters I would like to meet. Sad when this marvellous story ended.

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By Alisha on 03-14-17

Great story!

Great book. Loved the story between today and years ago. Loved reading (hearing) about New Orleans back in the day and what happened during Katrina.
If you can get past the TERRIBLE southern accent like I did, you'll enjoy it!

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By Catie j on 11-03-16

Great story

I'm a fan of Caroline Lee, but the American accent in this audiobook is terrible. I persevered but accent annoyed the heck out of me.

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