- File Size: 2760 KB
- Print Length: 358 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books: Women's fiction (April 25, 2019)
- Publication Date: April 25, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07QQ22FLW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rosie and Ruby: a heartwarming story about family, love and friendship (Destiny Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I really don't like this book.
Briefly, this is the story of cousins Rosie and Ruby, starting with their childhood and teenage years living in Manchester with their parents. Both have equally awful mothers in different ways, and both girls, and later young women, come to terms with and overcome the mental scars that haunt them for years. Rosie follows her dream of being a hotelier and ends up in France, while Ruby marries her wealthy whirlwind heart throb who turns out to be a violent and vicious monster. I don't want to give the whole story away so won't go any further with that.
There were tense and, at times, quite viciously nasty parts in this book and I can see that a more sinister genre was waiting to escape – Over My Shoulder by the same author.
Patricia Dixon writes fluidly and interestingly and never leaves any loose ends. When a new character comes on the scene she gives a concise and engrossing outline of who they are and what sort of personality they have.
Whose books are hers similar to? Well, the Manchester element reminded me of Mandasue Heller but her warmth and friendship within the story is much like Patricia Scanlan or Maeve Binchy – lovely fulfilling stories. I have read all Patricia's books and the warmth, emotions and characters never fail to give me a fuzzy loved feeling.
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A couple of chapters into the book, I realised I had read it before. I looked back to my other books and yes it was originally published as 'three mother's' only Tina is now Ruby.
I feel this should be highlighted in the introduction to stop everyone buying the same book twice. I also notice the other books in the French series are no longer in the authors page, probably so they can be re- released under a different title.
Rosie and Ruby instantly got my attention with their backstories and their huge bond.The detail and description of which are written so well that it makes it very easy to picture the scenes. These girls also captured my heart with their life experiences and it made me root for them from the very beginning.
There are some hugely touching moments throughout this book, and one I do have to give reference too is when Andre’s mum gives Rosie a message in French, when they are sat together, to pass to Andre when the time is right. It took me all my willpower not to google translate the message as I knew it would be revealed sooner or later, and, oh my days, my eyes streamed with tears at what was said as it was just so beautifully written and just perfect timing of when it was finally revealed. Patricia just captures moments like this so precisely with such precious understanding of the moment. There’s a scene in a changing room where Rosie discovers something about Ruby and the way the girls reactions are told left me with a huge lump in my throat. Just stunning how the character’s emotions are portrayed in this book that it makes the reader feel every part of it.
Beautiful story with such wonderful characters that left me with such a lovely warm feeling when I finished it. I highly recommend this story of two beautifully strong girls with a bond that is unbreakable ❤️
Physical and mental abuse in a marriage is never nice (I have personal experience of the mental abuse side of things so can relate to that, but not the physical - thank goodness).
It was a beautiful story really of two cousins who never lost touch and came through for each other in the end. I do so like a happy ending.
Patricia has a way of writing which makes you feel the emotions that the characters are feeling. At times I felt like I was feeling the excitement or the joy which the characters were feeling because ithey were so well described and I also myself laughing out loud at this story. She has such a way of putting things down in print and I’m moving straight into Anna, the next in the series.
Highly recommend this book!
(I would point out however that Ruby's children would not be Rosie's second cousins as stated but her first cousins once removed)
The storyline was sad,happy completely believable
Loved it 10/10