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Ruth From the lush Owen Stanley Ranges of Papua New Guinea to working class inner Sydney Ruth follows the story of its protagonist, the only daughter of John and Alice Madison, coffee plantation owners Set in the fifties and sixties, Ruth struggles to rise above the stigma of being an unwed mother alone in a strange land Determined not to end up on the streets, she learns to live by her wits until circumstances take a turn for the worse To provide a better life for her son, Stewart, she takes up work in a distant town There, she meets Lachlan McGrath, the owner of Bryliambone station Life on the land is good to Ruth until fate turns her world upside down Faced with losing everything, she sets to rebuilding her husband s debt ridden business into a thriving cotton farm Marlene is inspired by many authors, including Patricia Shaw, Maeve Binchy and Guy de Maupassant Ruth has elements of Lloyd Jones Mr Pip, Ruth Park s The Harp in the South and Patricia Shaw s The Feather and the Stone The novel will appeal to female readers interested in family relationships and cultural history

About the Author: Marlene S. Lewis

Born in the 1950s in east Kent, England, Marlene emigrated to Australia in the 1960s Apart from spending many years living in and around Sydney she has also lived in rural New South Wales and Queensland Marlene has worked in managerial roles within the community sector and is a trained psychotherapist with qualifications in liberal arts, and counselling psychology Marlene has travelled extensively throughout Australia and brings much of her knowledge and love of the country to her writing Until recently, the focus of her work has been poetry.

10 thoughts on “Ruth

  1. says:

    I haven t received the book yet I just received notice I had won 7 14 11Still haven t received it 8 17 11I still have not received this I did get a message awhile back from the person listing the giveaway that mentioned the release date had been changed, so hopefully soon 8 29 11Well it looks like it was published September 1st, so hopefully it will arrive soon Still have not received my copy 9 14 11 Nowshows the release dat

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    Upon receiving this novel this morning and by observing the blurb i am apsolutely facinated intregued by it, hence i cannot wait to start reading It appears to be a novel that it society family driven that ecompases some of the hardships that i encountered in The Help as it is set during a very difficult time of civil rights women s movements during the 1950 s After reading this novel i was completely mesmirised and overwhelme

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    This story is set between the lush coffee plantations of Papua New Guinea and the outback of New South Wales It commences in the 1950s and covers the period leading up to independence for Papua New Guinea However, it only touches tantalisingly on the changing relationship between the native population and their Australian Masters Where this is covered it is very interesting and arguably would make for a better novel if there was

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    Review here 7 Full review coming soon I just finished this Couldn t put it down It s a combination of family saga and historical fiction with the same feeling that I got from the Poisonwood Bible Wow We are the product of our times The book in one sentence Ruth faces trial and tribulation while discovering the truth about herself and her family in Papua New Guinea.My thoughts This is inspiring, is historical, and it hits home Ruth

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    Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.I have to admit, when I started out reading this book, I wasn t particularly looking forward to it I d just finished a load of sci fi and fantasy and was very much in the mood for some , and the blurb of this made me think it was going to be very depressing.Whilst Ruth has a hard life sometimes her misfortune just seems a little over the top the book is not necessarily a depressing read I actually

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    I read pretty much all of this book in a night, some of that was due to insomnia but a lot of it was because it s a very well written and enjoyable book Although I am very glad that I am not friends with Ruth, because in the main, it s a good way to get yourself killed, arrested or into a plane crash.Marlene S Lewis story is deep, frequently heart wrenching and full of characters that you can empathise with or despise It s these chara

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    I won my copy of this book through GoodReads First Reads Giveaways, in exchange for an honest review So here goesI had a really good feeling about this book from the title, cover and blurb on the back When I started reading I was a bit worried it might not live up to it s potential At the beginning the book didn t seem to flow right to me But before I knew it I was fully engrossed in the tragedy and journey of the story I think the auth

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    How exciting I ve won a copy of this book Will read it and review as soon as it arrives Thank you so much I can do nothing other than give this wonderful new book 5 stars It twisted and turned constantly and I wondered just how muchpoor Ruth could endure If you enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns , you ll enjoy this Being a gullible reader, the twisting plot often surprised me which made it all theenjoyable If this is the caliber of the Good

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    I received this book as an Advanced Readers Copy I was a little confused at first because I wasn t sure what exactly was going on But it only took me a few pages to become engrossed in the story I grew up in the same time period so I could relate to a lot of what Ruth was going through But then Australia and South Wales and the surrounding areas are different from anything I know about There were so many ups and downs for the main character

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    I wasnt sure about this book at first There were a few graphic parts in the beginning that I didnt like After that, it got really good An interesting story about a women who goes through ALOT in her life Just when you think things cant get any worse for her, they do This book shows her struggles and determination, which I really like I like a book about a strong, independent, never give up , kind of girl I enjoyed this book Thanks Goodreads,

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