Book Review: Brunch at Ruby’s

Amazon synopsis: “Ruby’s Soul Food Cafe has been the neighborhood hot spot their whole lives, so it’s only fitting that Ruby’s is where Debra, Maxine and Renee meet monthly to do what girlfriends do– eat, drink and offer unsolicited advice on life and love. 
Debra Macklin has it all: a successful career, a long marriage and a happy 12 year old daughter. But she’s hiding a secret that could not only shatter her perfect image, but destroy her marriage and career. When her secret is spilled, Debra is poised to lose everything she holds dear.

Maxine Donovan is a self made woman but despite all she earns and owns, she’s on a constant quest for Mr. Right. Handsome, aloof Malcolm Brooks might just be The One, but when Malcolm’s attention turns toward her friend instead, Maxine is ready to risk a strong bond to fight for him.

Renee Gladwell left a lucrative job and a handsome boyfriend to nurse her father and Gladwell Books back to health. A temporary stay has turned into four years of struggling with Alzheimer’s and a family owned bookstore that is in no shape to sell. Renee is in limbo, caring for a man who is slowly forgetting his past—including her. When she meets Malcolm Brooks, her life brightens, but is love worth risking a friendship?

Brunch at Ruby’s is a funny, inspiring, soulful look into a lifelong friendship where bonds are bent, but never broken.”


Destiny’s Thoughts: Where do I begin? What is there not to love about this novel.

Well written story about three best friends that get together every month for brunch in Decatur, Georgia. They are a vibrant and complementary trio, each with their own tantalizing storyline.
All three women were uniquely and wonderfully crafted. Their stories were real and enticing. It was nice to see a novel made about black women that didn’t play into stereotypes. White doesn’t use slang or portray an accent. All women are well-educated and though Maxine acts a little childish (who doesn’t have a friend like that), I was honestly impressed with the wisdom and maturity White imparts through these women and their relationships.
I loved this book because it’s a great story of life and friendship. It’s amazing how sometimes the person that you want and the person that’s good for you probably aren’t the same person. And you can’t blame a friend for something that is out of your control.

If you’re interested in this book, you can pick it up here.
If you have read the book, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.



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