- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1984 KB
- Print Length: 286 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Choc Lit (24 April 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JXLFZRK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Together they try to forge a new life for themselves. Lydie resumes selling her home-made jewellery, Ralph opens his new art gallery and Grace gets a job at a local pottery. While the combination of those things seem mundane, they spark off the most heart wrenching of events.
Lydie is reunited with her soul mate Jonty when her family suffered tragedy. Lydie and Jonty's unique relationship ended thirty years previously. A casualty caused by miscommunication, bad timing and family intervention. Although a lifetime had past since Jonty and Lydie had been separated- they always held a torch for each other .
Lydie and Jonty want to pick up the thread of their relationship but there are other considerations that require their tact. Red is for Rubies is a bitter-sweet story and every situation is handled with compassion and realism.
Linda Mitchelmore creates an emotionally fraught atmosphere that compels you to empathize with her characters. Characters that are so fleshed out you would think you were reading a family's memoir rather than a work of fiction.
I loved the fact that Linda Mitchelmore approached the subject of soul mates realistically. So many other books gives the Disney version of love conquers all; and that is rarely the case. Red is for Rubies gives us the version that most often happens when the time isn't always right.
Red is for rubies is a finely crafted family drama that will bring tears and warm your heart. As Lydie tries to rebuild her life, you are left with a renewed sense of hope and sends the message that everything happens exactly how it should and in its own time.
Very early in the story we find out that Lydie and Ralph’s relationship has no highs, lows or arguments although Lydie has things she would like to say but because of her guilt, holds back. Lydie, not strong enough to stand up to her father in the past has never taken control of her emotions or her life.
Jonty owns a pottery in Totnes and cares for his sister Becca. There is plenty of intrigue surrounding Becca and her past and I had many questions I needed answers to! Drew is employed by Jonty and has his own family problems that he is dealing with.
Alongside this is the intrigue of why Grace’s relationship fell apart so suddenly … and Grace has another ‘surprise’ coming her way later on in the story.
My favourite character is Ralph. I loved the banter between Ralph and councillor Margot and felt this really gave me an insight into his personality. When Lydie goes off to sell her jewellery, Ralph really comes into his own. I loved the way something that happens during this time ties up at the end of the story.
Lydie. What can I say about Lydie without sounding too harsh … the truth is I didn’t like her. I didn’t identify with her and couldn’t engage with her throughout the story. Yes she did hold back from hurting Ralph but she was so self-absorbed and full of self-pity. For me she was a weak woman who never took control but let other people deal with things. She is a product of her background though and other readers may well identify with her.
There were a couple of things that I didn’t see coming in the story so loved being surprised.Read more ›
Linda's characters are all well drawn and fully rounded, and she moves the story along largely through their words and thoughts.
Although this book involves some serious topics they are treated with sensitivity but not sentiment, and Linda's dry humour shows through.
As the book progresses several potential solutions to the dilemmas her characters experience present themselves to the reader. Part of my enjoyment was in trying to second guess how Linda would resolve these problems. I failed - testimony to her inventiveness and knack of producing subtle twists in the plot.
All in all I found "Red is for Rubies" a very enjoyable book, with strong interwoven story lines that carried me along at a goodly pace from start to finish.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it! Real page turner and didn't want to put it down. Highly recommend.Published 18 months ago by JaneyO
Beautifully drawn characters, who do their best. Everyone thinks they are doing the right thing at the time, and this is heartbreakingly clear in some of the actions carried out... Read morePublished 20 months ago by YorkshireMores
This was a fascinating family story - just the kind I enjoy! Jonty and Lydie were young lovers but separated leaving her pregnant and heartbroken. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Angela S. Britnell
Of all Linda's books, this one is the best. Hang on - I might just have to go back and read the others to make sure...Published 21 months ago by guernsey girl
Red is for Rubies is beautifully written. The intricate relationships between the characters is deftly handled as is the mixed emotions that the story produce, making them very... Read morePublished 22 months ago by June Tate. Author