Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Ruby Notebook by Laura Resau

Leeta and her mom Layla travel to a new place every year. That's sixteen different homes in sixteen years. As an English teacher obsessed with water rituals, it's simply what her mom does. This year, it's Aix-en-Provence, France. At first, the only thing that excites Leeta is the thought of her boyfriend Wendall coming to stay with her for two months. But then she meets a traveling theater group who call themselves Illusion, and her priorities change. She finds herself spending more time with the troupe than with Wendall. Especially the charming Jean-Claude and the whimsical Amandine. She also meets an old man and woman who entice her with talk of legendary sacred healing waters, somewhere nearby. To top it all off, someone- a fantome- is leaving her baffling gifts... or perhaps clues. With so many strange pieces to Zeeta's life, she hurries to find meaning in them all.

I was totally caught off guard by how much this book sucked me in. The rich, vivid images of the French lifestyle pulled me into the world effortlessly. I admit I have not read The Indigo Notebook, but there was no trouble catching up to the story. And now I definitely want to go back and learn about Zeeta and Wendall some more! Other characters, like VIncent and his lovely pigeon Maude, were so much fun! I felt the troubles and personal struggles Zeeta went through were very rewarding in the end. Zeeta and her mother have a unique relationship with each other and life style that is sure to interest even the pickiest reader. Laura Resau has a sensual, moving style to her writing. The whole experience will leave readers enchantee. And if you liked this one, be sure to check out Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly!

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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