Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West

Release Date - June 16, 2020

Life's hard enough. When Ruby King's mom is murdered in their Chicago home, it's not taken overly seriously given the violence in the South Side. For Ruby, it leaves her alone with an abusive father and longing for her mom.

Her friend Layla knows of the household violence Ruby and her mother experienced. She wants desperately to help, but her dad, the church's pastor, tells her to stay out of it. Desperate to help her friend, Layla ignores her dad, which brings up secrets that both families have been hiding.

This book couldn't be more fitting given the times. It's tragic that the story fits so well to all that's going on today. Even though the Black Lives Matter movement is strong and getting the attention that must happen for change to begin, the story never preaches. What I did struggle with was the opening chapters. It took a bit of time to get into it as the voices change each chapter. A flood of characters kicked things off and it took time to get to know the different characters and their roles.

I was ready to stop reading. I had a lot of start and stop in the first few chapters. I'm glad I stuck with it. It's an emotionally-charged story that's well worth it.


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