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Recent books

Southern Ruby by Belinda Alexandra (September 2016)

Southern Ruby by Belinda Alexandra (September 2016)Reviewed on Wireless Books Otago Access Radio 105.4FM 15 October 2016 also on podcast

In New Orleans - the city of genteel old houses and ancient oak trees covered in Spanish moss, of seductive night life, Creole culture, voodoo and jazz - two women separated by time and tragedy will find each other at last.

Amanda, orphaned as a child and suffering the loss of her beloved grandmother, has left Sydney in search of a family she never knew.

Ruby, constrained by the expectations of society and class, is carrying a lifetime of secrets.  Amanda's arrival sparks revelations long buried - a double life, a forbidden love, and a loss that cannot be forgotten.

Southern Ruby is a sweeping story of love, passion, family and honour.  Alternating in time between the 1950's and the eve of Hurrican Katrina, it is also a tribute to a city heady with mystery, music, and superstition, which has borne the tumults of race and class and the fury of nature, but has never given up hope.
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