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Brunch at Ruby's

By: DL White
Narrated by: Sharell Palmer
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Fiction, African-American
4.5 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Ruby's Soul Food Cafe has been the neighborhood hot spot their whole lives, so it's only fitting that Ruby's is where Debra, Maxine and Renee meet monthly to do what girlfriends do - eat, drink and offer unsolicited advice on life and love. 

Debra Macklin has it all: a successful career, a long marriage, and a happy 12-year-old daughter. But she’s hiding a secret that could not only shatter her perfect image, but destroy her marriage and career. When her secret is spilled, Debra is poised to lose everything she holds dear.

Maxine Donovan is a self-made woman but despite all she earns and owns, she’s on a constant quest for Mr. Right. Handsome, aloof Malcolm Brooks might just be The One, but when Malcolm's attention turns toward her friend instead, Maxine is ready to risk a strong bond to fight for him.

Renee Gladwell left a lucrative job and a handsome boyfriend to nurse her father and Gladwell Books back to health. A temporary stay has turned into four years of struggling with Alzheimer's and a family-owned bookstore that is in no shape to sell. Renee is in limbo, caring for a man who is slowly forgetting his past - including her. When she meets Malcolm Brooks, her life brightens, but is love worth risking a friendship?

Brunch at Ruby’s is a funny, inspiring, soulful look into a lifelong friendship where bonds are bent, but never broken.

©2015-2017 DL White (P)2017 DL White

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Great book

This was a great book from start to finish, great narrator, this was the first time reading anything from this author hope to read many more.

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Friends!!

This book has been sitting in my library for the longest!! If I had known it was going to be this good, I would have read it a long time ago. This is maybe a pick for book club!

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Loved this book.

Narrator was great , Story line was good. characters were awesome. Would recommend it for friends

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Friends are hard to find and harder to keep

I simply loved the story it’s a story of three lifelong best friends. These girlfriends have been through it all together and separately. And through it all they have brunch once a month at Rubys! Friends are truly hard to fine and even harder to keep! I guarantee you you’ll see yourself or one of your girlfriends in the three some. Definitely five stars.

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Not the depth I'm used to

I received this book free in exchange for this review.

After reading the synopsis of the book, I thought the subject matter and nuances in the relationships of these three women would create a beautiful story. Alas, it did not...

First of all, there were excessive details that foreshadowed NOTHING. As a reader, when an author shares a PRECISE attribute of something or someone, it makes me believe that this information is important to remember for something later to come--not the case here. These descriptions of what people were doing was could have been better replaced with how they were BEING. For example, the mention of the brand of clothing, shades, shoes a character has or telling me the kind of car she's getting in to EVERY TIME she enters the car. I got it that this character is all about the finest and best THE FIRST TIME, tell me more about how this fits into the story. Also, it is suffice to paint a picture of characters and situations using eloquent written imagery that provides both context and depth such as in the style of Diane McKinney Whetstone or Bernice McFadden. I found details redundant and annoying and wanted more insight than shallow words.

While the situations and circumstances had all the makings of a profound story, the characters lacked wisdom and I found myself not connecting (and even rolling my eyes) at the unrealistic and immature responses of these women. While beautiful, successful and flawed, again, there was no depth to most of them. Problems and circumstances were handled like a sitcom--short, shallow and unenlightened.

It was tough to get through and I found myself likening it to the African American fiction of old (in the beginning where Terry McMillan was our ONLY she-ro). Perhaps this writing style is more conducive to those starting out (both writers and readers). I struggled as I wrote this review as it is not my intent to "blast" the author. I know that it takes great effort, skill and dedication to put pen to paper and create and I appreciate the art just not the expression.

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Great

I really liked this book and would recommend it. I wish this book was a movie or TV show. It had a great storyline and sexual storylines.

The ladies were great together. I like how they faced real life issues. The author was great in showing that. They faced issues that they didn't know would be good for them in the end.

Each couple was great together and Kendra played great part in her parents lives. The narrator was great as well. Even when repeating lines and clearing her throat.

I will listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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Story line more like adolescent girls than adults

I could not identify with these supposed "women" at all. In some ways it was engaging, but in others totally unbelievable! but I stuck with it. Max's mother when we FINALLY meet her is able to get through to her (What took so long?) Willard was a piece of work too & why someone who was a principal could not have the brains to engage a lawyer or counselor looking before she did, is a mystery too. The narrator mispronounced some key word, but otherwise was at least able to carry your interest. Don't think I'll read another by this author, but I tried!

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Very refreshing

Very refreshing... reminds me of the two friends I’ve had for over 40 years. If you want to read a good love story between friends, family and lovers this is the real deal!

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great read

loved the story line. not to much drama. I would certainly recommend. quick read... enjoyed the characters.

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Best Story of How Friends Confide With Each Others

I love the story of Reneé, Maxine, & Deborah. I love how the narrow tells each woman's part of the story and how their lives intersect each other. They all have their own unique problems with their relationships with men & family, and when things get tough, they always meed up at Ruby's restaurant to confide in each other. I'm going to need another book to listen to that similar to this glorious find!!