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
"Filled with glamour, heartbreak, drama and suspense." (The Age)
"Intrigue, passion, betrayal - all the ingredients for a must-read novel." (Woman's Day)
This story was very well written. And the storyline, as well as, the storytelling was captivating. I especially enjoyed being able to identify with much of the setting and surroundings. I also appreciate the realistic dialect and cultural expression. My daughter lives there and has many French-creo friends. The research and hard work is vivid and was obviously shown in the details of the story.
I've read almost every Belinda Alexandra book and was excited to see a book about New Orleans. I am from Baton Rouge and my grandfather was actually one of the U.S. marshals that brought Ruby Bridges to school in New Orleans after desegregation so that was a nice surprise to read about! I love Caroline Lee, but her cajun accent was a little hard for me to accept, but I plowed on and really enjoyed the book!
"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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