Whitney Finalist, General
I've read several other books in the Newport ladies book club, and the
concept is always entertaining: the series alternates between the point
of view of the different women in the book club. Each book overlaps the
others in terms of time, and it's been fun to get peeks at what goes on
behind the scenes of each woman's life. The book club scenes are similar
in each book, though of course you get a new perspective based on what
the point of view character notices.
This one features Ruby, the
older woman who organized the book club in the first place. At 62, Ruby
is a widow, but she's put that behind her and she's determined to enjoy
life. In addition to arranging the book club, she also joins a senior
center and is talked into taking a trip with the group to Greece.
she meets the charming tour guide, Gabriel, whose sister Maria is a
friend of Ruby's back in California. Initially, Ruby's enjoyment of the
tour is dampened by her previous experience in Greece: her husband spent
most of their shared vacation at meetings, and it was after that trip
that she first found out that he was unfaithful to her. Ruby is still
deeply conflicted by what she sees as a failed marriage (though she
stayed with him to his death) and this creates trouble as Gabriel begins
to show interest and seek her out. Ruby isn't sure she wants another
romantic relationship--and she isn't sure she deserves one.
liked that the perspective of this romance was that of an older woman--I
don't think we see that often. And I liked how caring and concerned
Ruby was for the women around her. I did get frustrated at times with
Ruby, because I felt she was punishing herself too much, but that did
seem in keeping for her character.