Monday, April 20, 2020

The Ruby of the Sea By Peggy Lampman

From the award-winning author of THE PROMISE KITCHEN comes a riveting story of twin sisters caught in their mother’s crosshairs on what to do about their disturbed younger sister. Lush with devastating secrets, lies, romance and psychological drama…“You tell me about a family with some sort of dysfunction, and I’ll tell you that family is lying.”After aimlessly traveling the country for fifteen years, Linnea Chandler returns to her hometown of Key West, Florida keeping the genesis of a life-altering phobia to herself—not a good idea, as she comes to find out.The 19th Century lighthouse that she, her parents and two sisters call home also has a troubled past, carrying the frightening myth that eerily mirrors the mystery of her younger sister today. Should Linnea run while she can? The women must decide to what extremes they are willing to go to protect their secrets. Ignore the brutality behind the retrieval of spoils from a fatal shipwreck in 1857? Defy a 2017 hurricane threatening to pummel their town? And when their world is upended, do the women have the strength to move forward?

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Peggy Lampman is the award-winning, best-selling author of THE PROMISE KITCHEN and THE WELCOME HOME DINER, both published by Lake Union Publishing. Her third title, THE RUBY OF THE SEA, will be published on Feb. 5, 2020. The Kindle version is now available for preorder. She is currently working on her fourth novel.

Her passion is writing novels that break down familial and cultural barriers. For her, creating a cast to populate a story is one of the great, cathartic joys of writing. Of particular pleasure is developing flawed characters-living in and reconciling with-the shadows cast by their equally flawed parents.

She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan. After graduating, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a copywriter and photographer for Hill and Knowlton, a public relations firm. She moved back to Ann Arbor, her college town, and opened up a specialty foods store, The Back Alley Gourmet. After selling the store, she wrote under a weekly food byline in The Ann Arbor News and MLive.

Her free time is spent reading, binge-watching NetFlix, herding kids and indulging in her fascination with Big Green Egg cult cookery. To learn more about her releases (and see what she's eating!), visit her author page,(peggylampmanbooks) and subscribe to her blog: 

My Thoughts...
We really need more books that touch on mental illness. This book had it all romance, family, drama. And some metal illness.
This is a book that takes a little time to move past so you can read the next book on your to be read stack.
I would recommend this 4 star book for a weekend read. Once you pick it up you are not going to want to put it down.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.