Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Ruby of the Sea” by Peggy Lampman, February 2020
Peggy Lampman, author of “The Ruby of the Sea” has written an emotional and captivating novel. The Genres for this novel are Psychological Drama, Fiction, and Romance. The timeline of the story is in the author’s present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The story takes place in Key West Florida. The author describes her characters as dysfunctional, complex and complicated.
The author discusses the importance of family. Yet the Chandler family has deep dark secrets, lack of communication, and strange dynamics. Linnea Chandler has returned to Key West to see her family. Linnea has not been truthful about the reason she has been away for many years. She has been away from her twin sister and her younger sister Ivy. Ivy is artistic, but her mother keeps the two twin sisters from seeing her for any length of time because Ivy has migraines. The Chandler family lives in a 19th Century lighthouse and uses it as an inn for income. Their father tells the haunted story of the lighthouse to his guests.
As a threat of a major and devastating hurricane approaches, deep dark secrets will be revealed that can be as hurtful as the effects of the hurricane.
I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of getting treatment for mental illness, and therapy for rape and abuse. The author also mentions protecting the environment. Peggy Lampman talks about forgiveness, second chances, the importance of family, love, and hope. I love how the author writes and vividly describes food, Cuban food, and lemon meringue pie. I would recommend this intense novel for those readers that enjoy a Psychological Drama.