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Southern Ruby Audiobook

Southern Ruby

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Julie 01-19-17
    Julie 01-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Reviewer United States 01-22-17
    Reviewer United States 01-22-17
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    "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!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K G. 03-25-17
    K G. 03-25-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Accents"

    Storie was excellent but narrator accent were terrible and detracted from my listening pleasure. Would not recommend this book to others who live on the Gulf coast because of that

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PJ 02-01-17
    PJ 02-01-17
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    "Love narrator."

    Caroline Lee ALWAYS brings the books to life. I'm a Southern girl that and the reviews of her narration isn't fair. I can say that I buy books whenever she is the narrator. When someone is reading a book that lives in Northern US, there isn't anything that gripes my nerves trying to copy a Southern twang! So, give her a break!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katy 01-16-17
    Katy 01-16-17
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    "Narration was horrible!"

    I love Belinda Alexandra books. I have listened to all of them. And I love Caroline Lee. But her narration on this book was horrible. The southern American accent was butchered in this book. Several words were pronounced wrong. It was very distracting.

    The book itself was pretty good. Interesting to hear about segregation in the 50s and what people went through during hurricane Katrina. Please try and read the book instead of listening to it. Would be much more enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Njm 05-02-17
    Njm 05-02-17
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    "Great start, slow end"

    I enjoyed this book, however, the last three hours were a hard to get through. The story became about hurricane Katrina, a devastating event in the Gulf Coast and an unfortunate show of racism and lack of leadership in our government. But I wanted the characters back and to move on with their stories, not this new character. Otherwise, a beautiful story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    juliana 05-15-17
    juliana 05-15-17 Member Since 2013

    As an artist I spend a lot of time in the studio. Audio books give me a chance to keep up on my reading while I create.

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    "Great book!"

    Well written, read and researched! Vivid characters, meaningful stories and surprising twists! This the 2nd B.A. book I've listened to I'm on to the 3rd.👍

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    More Lessons Learned 05-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful story"

    Southern Ruby is entertaining and kept me listening! Caroline Lee is amazing at making each character come alive when she gives them a voice. I found myself crying and laughing with the characters. Belinda Alexandra created characters that became real and told a story that brought history to life. I lived through Katrina. Not in New Orleans but in Houston. I saw the images on TV she described and as an Educator, I was part of a team that welcomed residents of New Orleans to Houston at the Reliant center. We enrolled the children in school and helped meet the needs of these wonderful people who had lived through such a horrific experience. I enjoyed reading this book very much. I was sad that it came to an end and miss Ruby and Amoundine.

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    diana 05-02-17
    diana 05-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely the best ever book"

    This is one of my favorite books ever !!! This duo is amazing. I love, love this story and I honestly think you will too .. beautifully written and funny !! You will not be disappointed.

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    Lab Breeder 04-28-17
    Lab Breeder 04-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"

    This was a great book. If you like Kate Morton then you will like this book!

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    "Atmospheric with characters I would love to meet."

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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