Friday, July 17, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West

Saving Ruby King 
by Catherine Adel West 

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by Ms. Magazine, USA Today Book Riot, The Rumpus, Library Journal, PureWow, The Every Girl, Parade and more.

Forever and to the end. That’s what they say instead of I love you.”

When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it’s a devastating loss that leaves her on her own with her violent father. While she receives many condolences, her best friend, Layla, is the only one who understands how this puts Ruby in jeopardy.

Their closeness is tested when Layla’s father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what is the price for turning a blind eye? In a relentless quest to save Ruby, Layla uncovers the murky loyalties and dangerous secrets that have bound their families together for generations. Only by facing this legacy of trauma head-on will Ruby be able to break free.

An unforgettable debut novel, Saving Ruby King is a powerful testament that history doesn’t determine the present and the bonds of friendship can forever shape the future.

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Momma Says: 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Saving Ruby King took some for me to get into, mostly due to the sheer number of points of view. Even so, the writing style is quite good and the story is certainly prevalent, so I kept pushing forward. And I'm glad I did. Had I not known going in that this is a debut novel, I wouldn't have guessed. Everything about it screams talent. From the intense emotions to the compelling story, this is one of those books that grabs hold and doesn't let go long after the last page is turned. As I mentioned, it does take some time to get invested because there are a lot of points of view to sort out, but I would advise not giving up. Honestly, by the time I got the various characters and points of view all sorted in my head, I was already hooked, so it wasn't as much of a chore as I feared. All in all, a great debut from a promising author that I hope to see more of. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin Park Row

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