The Friday 56 and loss

"The two women knew words were pointless; they each understood the extent of the other's loss. "

Ruth by Marlene S. Lewis

This one just came in the mail! 

Here's a quick summary of Ruth by Marlene S. Lewis

From the lush Owen Stanley Ranges of Papua New Guinea to working-class inner Sydney...Ruth follows the story of its protagonist, the only daughter of John and Alice Madison, coffee plantation owners. Set in the fifties and sixties, Ruth struggles to rise above the stigma of being an unwed mother alone in a strange land. Determined not to end up on the streets, she learns to live by her wits - until circumstances take a turn for the worse. To provide a better life for her son, Stewart, she takes up work in a distant town. There, she meets Lachlan McGrath, the owner of Bryliambone station. Life on the land is good to Ruth until fate turns her world upside down. Faced with losing everything, she sets to rebuilding her husband's debt-ridden business into a thriving cotton farm. Marlene is inspired by many authors, including Patricia Shaw, Maeve Binchy and Guy de Maupassant. Ruth has elements of Lloyd Jones' Mr Pip, Ruth Park's The Harp in the South and Patricia Shaw's The Feather and the Stone. The novel will appeal to readers interested in family relationships and cultural history.

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  1. Sounds like it might be a sad one...or at least very emotional. Thanks for sharing it.

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  2. I agree with Bev, bring tissues.

  3. bev, freda - sounds like a good weekend read. i hope i don't get too teary :)

  4. Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog!

    Profound 'Friday 56'. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sweeping saga comes to mind. This sounds like a really good read.
    Happy Weekend!

  6. Sounds good! But I agree with Bev, this might be a sad one! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  7. Ah, great excerpt! And the blurb sounds so enticing. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  8. Sounds inspiring. I like to read about character development, fortitude and persevering. Hopefully with a great finish!

  9. I started last night ... goodness I couldn't put it down! I'm still in a tizzy having just finished it about an hour ago! Wow, what a great book. I'll review it soon, promise. If you can get your hands on this, read it read it READ IT!


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