Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea

Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea Review

A captivating debut, introducing a spirited young heroine coming of age in coastal Maine during the early 1960s.

When her mother disappears during a weekend trip, Florine Gilham's idyllic childhood is turned upside down. Until then she'd been blissfully insulated by the rhythms of family life in small town Maine; watching from the granite cliffs above the sea for her father's lobster boat to come into port, making bread with her grandmother, and infiltrating the summer tourist camps with her friends. But with her mother gone, the heart falls out of Florine's life and she and her father are isolated as they struggle to manage their loss. Both sustained and challenged by the advice and expectations of her family and neighbors, Florine grows up with her spirit intact. And when her father's past comes to call, she must accept that life won't ever be the same while keeping her mother vivid in her memories. With Fannie Flagg's humor and Elizabeth Stroud's sense of place, this debut is an extraordinary snapshot of a bygone America through the eyes of an inspiring girl blazing her own path to womanhood.

Title:Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea
Edition Language:English

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  • Suzanne

    It's been a long time since I loved a novel as much as this one. I loved it most for being true to life. It's not all literary, things don't happen in the way most "coming of age" style novels have yo...

  • Kate

    I have mixed feelings about this one. It has a lot going for it. It's about a teenage girl struggling with tough circumstances in an everyody-knows-everybody small town, and what I like best about the...

  • Booklunatic

    EDIT 27.04.14: There is going to be a sequel, coming out in August - I'm a happy camper! :)...

  • Dale Harcombe

    I debated between 2 and 3 stars for this book.Probably 2 and a half.The premise of this book is interesting in that Florine, who is very close to her mother Carlie, finds it difficult to cope after sh...

  • Jessica

    I just realized I never wrote a review after finishing this book, which is a shame, because I really enjoyed it. Great setting and characters. Enough mystery to keep you going, but mostly the story is...

  • Sandra

    The story is set in the 60's.Florine is growing up in a little village at the coast of Maine. Her dad is a fisherman, her mom a waitress and she lives a happy life with her friends Dotty, Bud, Glen an...

  • Amy

    If you are looking for a perfect summer read pick up a copy of Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea by Morgan Callan Rogers, and be transported to the coast of Maine. Set in 1963, when our heroine Florin...

  • Sandy W

    Completely enjoyed this book, cannot wait---sequel coming in February '16. However, don't read the blurb about the second book---spoiler alert! I did that and gave away the ending on the first book! S...

  • Robyn Yeary

    I could not put this book down, really enjoyed it. A coming of age story of a young women in the 1960's - she survives some hard losses - with a strong spirit. I look forward to reading more by this a...

  • Laurie

    Goodreads only gives options for 5 stars,I am giving this 10 stars~ I bought this book at a used book sale for 50 cents.It is a signed hardcover.I have passed this one over so many times (regrettably)...