Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea by Morgan Callan Rogers (Viking 2012) is the lovely coming of age story of Florine, a spirited teenager growing up in a close-knit community in coastal Maine. When Florine’s mother Carlie mysteriously vanishes without a trace, Florine and her father struggle to make sense of – and go on in spite of – this inexplicable loss. The novel follows Florine as she navigates the trials and tribulations of adolescence: heading off to high school, learning to drive, teen friendships and first romances. Along the way, Florine finds strength and the way to peace in the love of those around her. An easy and engaging read with very likeable characters, an heartwarming story, and an appealing summery setting, Red Ruby Heart is a wonderful choice for the beach bag.
-Jennifer M. Kaufman