Hello and welcome back to the Bookworm Express on Scribbler Alliance! It’s been a while since I posted a book review. So today, I’ve got a real treat for you.
In life, I was feeling a little down lately and needed something to pick me up so to speak. So when a friend suggested that I read this German book, I took a leap of faith because really how worse could it be, right?
Now normally, I’m not a big fan of translated versions of books because I feel that the true spirit of the book gets lost in translation at most times, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn’t the case with Rubinrot or Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier.
Kerstin Gier combines humor with mystery and intrigue in a way that deserves to be applauded in her book. And Anthea Bell has done an outstanding job of translating the epic adventure presented in the first book of Gier’s Ruby Red Trilogy.
The story starts with our protagonist, Gwyneth Sheppard, being introduced as a typical teenage girl in present day London. With her best friend and loyal confidante, Lesley, she gets into the usual amount of mischief just like any teenager … until a queasy feeling takes over her.
Just like every old, prominent family, the Montrose family where Gwyneth’s mother comes from, has always had this air of secrecy about them. Gwyneth and her family, being considered outsiders in their own home, has always been sidelined while her grandmother, Lady Arista, Aunt Glenda and her presumptuous cousin, Charlotte, kept the reins in their hands.
As the uncomfortable feeling inside her gets stronger, Gwyneth tries to uncover the secret from the one family member her grandmother always manages to overlook, her great aunt, Maddy. When subjected to Gwyn’s clever inquisition, Maddy lets slip that the women in their family happen to carry a gene that allows them to travel through time … a gene that only one of each generation may acquire.
When on her way to the store, Gwyn swoons only to find herself in a time that’s clearly not where she belongs in, she realizes that it’s she who has inherited the gene and not Charlotte who had been carefully prepared by their grandmother for this moment.
Soon Gwyneth’s life is turned upside down as she tries to cope up with tumbling through time and the new mystery regarding her never-mentioned-before cousin, Lucy Montrose and another time traveler named, Paul de Villiers. Add to that the ruggedly handsome, quirky, opinionated and refined fellow time traveler, Gideon de Villiers and you have yourself a recipe for the perfect read.
In Ruby Red, we get a taste of science fiction with the mentions of none other than Sir Issac Newton and the fabled time machine named the Chronograph. We get a sense of adventure with the way Gwyn and Gideon embark on a mission to complete the circle of twelve and for the hopeless romantics inside us all, we cannot help but fall in love with the way Gwyneth fruitlessly attempts to overthrow the charms of Mr. Gideon de Villiers.
So if you are into science-fiction/ historical fiction/ adventure/ young adult romance, I suggest you give this book a try. It’s a story that will fill you up with what we all crave–hope.
Thank you for visiting. If there’s any book you’d like us to review, let us know in your comments. See you next time! J
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