Review of THE RUBY OF THE SEA by Peggy Lampman

This is one of those books that touches your heart and just stays there. The setting is Key West, Florida, and the author paints an amusing picture of life there, with strangely themed parades and free chickens roaming around. Peggy Lampman has mastered the craft of creating characters who are realistic and enjoyable, with a lot of weaknesses that they have to learn to accept in each other. Delphina and Linnea are twins and Ivy is their younger sister. All of the sisters have secrets, although Ivy’s secret is the most gut-wrenching. The sisters’ backstory is revealed slowly, like a curtain being pulled back, as the story progresses. The theme is one of hope and love and ultimate triumph, but not without a lot of struggle. The topics are mental illness and the effects of a dysfunctional family on everyone in the family as well as those whose lives they touch. I enjoyed the fact that the family lives in a lighthouse because this just added atmosphere to the the whole story. I loved the drama that the impending hurricane added and I especially enjoyed finding out more about the three sisters and how and why they ended up the way they are. Fans of women’s fiction will enjoy this book and I’m certain that the lessons it teaches will stay with whoever reads it for a long time!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

Available February 5, 2020. Deals with mature topics like a dysfunctional family, mental illness and rape.

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