When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was 20 and he was 40. She was the carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life. She was newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had never asked a woman to do more than help him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love so much as they simply found each other and held on for dear life.
In A Virtuous Woman, Kaye Gibbons transcends her early promise, creating a multilayered and indelibly convincing portrait of two seemingly ill-matched people who somehow miraculously make a marriage.
©1997 Kaye Gibbons (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio
"Kaye Gibbons shows us the secret core of love that easily outlasts death. It's invisible mastery - but mastery all the same." (Reynolds Price)
This book is nothing like its summary. It was hard to follow because of its dual narrator. It does not convey Ruth's virtue. Major disappointment.
A heartwarming story about a plain couple but their love endures. I loved the narration and found myself laughing out loud during the story. What intrigued me was trying to figure out what time period the story took place. A very "non romantic" love story.
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