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New Book Alert: Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by The Every Girl, PureWow, Book Riot, Library Journal and more, Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West is an unforgettable debut novel about violence, history, and friendship. Thank you to Harlequin/Park Row books for reaching out to me and providing a free ebook copy of this #OwnVoices book!

Synopsis from the publisher

Forever and to the end. That’s what they say instead of I love you.”

When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it’s a devastating loss that leaves her on her own with her violent father. While she receives many condolences, her best friend, Layla, is the only one who understands how this puts Ruby in jeopardy.

Their closeness is tested when Layla’s father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what is the price for turning a blind eye? In a relentless quest to save Ruby, Layla uncovers the murky loyalties and dangerous secrets that have bound their families together for generations. Only by facing this legacy of trauma head-on will Ruby be able to break free.

An unforgettable debut novel,Saving Ruby King is a powerful testament that history doesn’t determine the present and the bonds of friendship can forever shape the future.


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Also, Bookends & Beginnings is hosting a conversation between Saving Ruby King author Catherine Adel West and writer M. Shelly Conner, as part of their Literary Lunchbreak series. Join the virtual event on Thursday, June 18 at 1:00 EST!

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