Rubies and Other Gems

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
A woman seeking relief from her unhappy family life travels back in time thanks to her grandmother's ruby jewelry. But time and distance don't solve her problems; she needs to stay in the here and now. She almost succeeds in that when she accidentally sends herself back in time without her return ticket, the rubies. More

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Words: 65,240
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452383781
About Joyce DeBacco

After many years reading women’s fiction, Joyce decided to write her own. As the mother of four grown daughters, she has intimate knowledge of the problems women face finding love, raising children, and stepping back when necessary. She is happiest when she’s secluded in her office creating new worlds and people to populate them.

When she’s not taxing her brain with plot, structure, and grammar, she likes to sew, particularly quilts. When she really wants to give her brain a rest, she watches TV. Please visit her website, http://www.joycedebacco.com for information about other books she’s written as well as sample chapters.

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Review by: J. C. Allen on Oct. 14, 2011 :
Lily’s husband ignores her and her children are thankless. As she daydreams of a better life, she accidently transports herself back in time, where she literally meets the man of her dreams. Not realizing her dream lover is real, she has an affair which she feels compelled to confess once she discovers the truth. When the disclosure sends her marriage into a steeper tailspin, she vows to make amends, and promises she will never return to the past. But the past is not finished with Lily.

Joyce DeBacco has written a bittersweet story of regrets and promises, and one woman’s struggles to save her marriage and her family, and to discover herself in the process. A lovely read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: J. C. Allen on Oct. 14, 2011 :
Lily’s husband ignores her and her children are thankless. As she daydreams of a better life, she accidently transports herself back in time, where she literally meets the man of her dreams. Not realizing her dream lover is real, she has an affair which she feels compelled to confess once she discovers the truth. When the disclosure sends her marriage into a steeper tailspin, she vows to make amends, and promises she will never return to the past. But the past is not finished with Lily.

Joyce DeBacco has written a bittersweet story of regrets and promises, and one woman’s struggles to save her marriage and her family, and to discover herself in the process. A lovely read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: GraceKrispy on July 09, 2011 :
This novel follows a woman on a journey of self-discovery and emotional growth. I love the overall storyline of this book. I've always enjoyed books that include time travel to the past, and I would have loved more exploration of that past. That wasn't the purpose of the story, however. The story was really designed around Lily and her journey to a better life. Initially weak and unable to bring her family together, Lily's experience in the past shapes her future. The character of Lily has a realistic feel, as do the other members of her family. It's easy to picture a family in this same rut, not knowing how to climb out of it and become whole again. I really like the concept of Lily learning something about herself by escaping to the past, and the growth in her character is apparent in the story. Although the characters themselves had a sense of realism, sometimes their actions or dialogue seemed somewhat incongruous. That detracted from the story for me.

The writing style was very simple-- a little too simplistic for my taste in adult fiction. The simplicity of the writing gave me the feeling of a lack of depth. It didn't detract from my enjoyment to a great extent, but it did give the book more of a superficial feel. The plot was obviously thought out, but the story dragged for me in a few places. There was some time travel in the beginning, setting up one type of story, but then the middle largely just dealt with Lily and Sam's relationship, giving the book an altogether different feel. Then the time travel unexpectedly started up again, changing the feel of the book yet again.The entire story felt a little too loosely connected, and included several plot events I didn't quite understand.

Overall, this was a quick and quite enjoyable read. As I read, I also was prompted to reflect on my own life and relationships, which was an added plus. If you're a fan of women's literature and stories of emotional growth, this book is sure to be pleasing.

Full review @ MotherLode blog http://gracekrispy.com
(reviewed long after purchase)

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