Book Review ~ A Town Called Ruby Prairie
Ever read At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon, or Phillip Gulley's novels starting with Home to Harmony? Both are series about small town life, much like my own, with a pastor as one of the main characters.
Annette Smith's series to me is my favourite, though I have only read the first book. I have read possibly a couple of Jan Karon's books and a few of Phillip Gulley's.
At first I didn't get into A Town Like Ruby Prairie. The Mitford likeness of it put me off to be honest. Then the idea of the girls coming to live in the house set up by the main character. But I had nothing else to read, and after that initial bump, where I had got stuck, I didn't get stuck again. Well a couple of times I did, but the next paragraph fixed it.
I meant to write this while it was fresh in my mind. But even so, I still remember that I relate to Charlotte very well. She is a widow looking after kids who need help. I relate to how she struggles with the organising part. The notes on the calendar, the doctors appointments and all that stuff. In the Harmony series the children are small, and in the Mitford series there is no children that I remember. They are all different, and all very much worth reading. All gentle reads, which means no surprises. If you like cakes and food you would love the Mitford series. I did learn one piece of information on food from the Ruby Prairie novel. I think it was buying caramel sauce in a can and using it for a dip for fresh apple slices for afternoon tea for the kids.
Charlotte wonders if she is really fit to be their guardian. The girls were aged similar to my own. For some reason it never got that hectic with boys here, but maybe it is just my age.
Anyone else read the book, I would love to hear about it. Same with the other two series I mentioned.