Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review: Ruby Dawn by Raquel Byrnes



This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Ruby Dawn
White Rose Publishing (January 27, 2012)
by
Raquel Byrnes


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Raquel married her college sweetheart seventeen years ago and you can still find them spending time together chatting over a cup of coffee like when they were first dating.

Her husband is her biggest fan and most ardent supporter. He encourages her to take time for writing as often as he can. He regularly gives her gift cards to her favorite coffee house so that she can go there to write and relax.

He has been known to whip up his famous chicken quesadillas complete with guacamole and brownies for dessert.

Raquel has written books for more than a decade. She loves to do research and has taken private detective courses, gun classes, and underground tours to get every detail right for her novels. She writes romantic suspense with an edge-of-your-seat pace. Stories filled with faith, love, and adventure.

In 2009 she signed with agent, Terry Burns, at Hartline Literary. Terry worked to get her Shades of Hope series sold and in 2010, White Rose Publishing purchased the three-book series.


ABOUT THE BOOK

A painful past. A love returns A desperate plan.
Former street kid, Ruby now reaches out to runaways through her medical clinic in the worst part of the city, but her escalating battle with a gang leader puts that in jeopardy.

Cavalier, a risk-taker, charming… Ruby’s first love is now on the right side of the law and the center of a dangerous DEA sting involving her clinic.  Tom’s disappearance ten years ago broke her heart and rattled her faith. As their romance relights, memories of what it costs to love him flood her with fear.

Ruby’s battle with the gang ignites a firestorm of danger, and a pattern of lies from within her own camp emerges. With Tom’s life in the balance and her world cast in shadows, can Ruby trust God as she once did…or has she strayed too far, for too long to ever return?

Watch the book video:


If you would like to read the first chapter of Ruby Dawn, go HERE.

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My rating:
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My thoughts:

Ruby Dawn is the first book I've read by Raquel Byrnes. I've wanted to read her other novel, Purple Knot, for a while... and want to read it even more after finishing this book!

I really enjoyed Ruby Dawn and (aside from some typos) I found the entire book to be enjoyable! The story was gripping and I found myself caring very much about what would happen to Ruby and Tom.

In Ruby Dawn, occasionally the time would switch from present day back to when Ruby and Tom were in the Dresden Heights Detention Center (about thirteen years ago). Surprisingly, I loved this and didn't find it to be confusing at all!

My favorite character would have to be Tom. So many of the things he did I found hilarious (especially when  he was talking to Ben).

From fires to kidnappings, Ruby Dawn is filled with suspense and had some surprises. At times it was very difficult to put down and I very much enjoyed reading it! I recommend Ruby Dawn if you enjoy Romantic Suspense novels!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

2 comments:

  1. i checked out the local library for a Raquel Barnes Novel. Is the first one only an ebook? Your review was great, which is why i went to the library. Thanks.

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    1. I have an eBook copy of Purple Knot and a print copy of Ruby Dawn, but I saw on Amazon that Purple Knot is available in paperback.

      Thanks for commenting! :)

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