“Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby Bell, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city–the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village–all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town’s dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.“ -Goodreads
I really, really tried to read this book… but it just didn’t work out. For months on end this novel has stared at me from my shelf, begging me to open and crack its spine, but unfortunately, I could not do it. I just need to accept that we aren’t compatible, despite that I love the idea of this novel, its historical backdrop, its diverse characters, its suspense, but the serious tone is one of the reasons I couldn’t pick it up. It seemed to be more like homework than pleasure.
Something I can fairly judge this novel on is its cover. I love the cover design. The minimalism of the imagery with the textured font makes this one attractive novel.