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Forbidden love. Family Secrets.
A twist of fate. A stunning generational saga.

In New Orleans - the city of genteel old houses and ancient oak trees covered in Spanish moss, of seductive nightlife, of Creole culture, voodoo and jazz - two women separated by time and tragedy will find each other at last.

Amanda, orphaned as a child and suffering the loss of her beloved grandmother, has left Sydney in search of a family she never knew.

Ruby, constrained by the expectations of society and class, is carrying a lifetime of secrets. Amanda's arrival sparks revelations long buried: a double life, a forbidden love, and a loss that cannot be forgotten.

Southern Ruby is a sweeping story of love, passion, family and honour. Alternating in time between the 1950s and the eve of Hurricane Katrina, it is also a tribute to a city heady with mystery, music, and superstition, which has borne the tumults of race and class and the fury of nature but has never given up hope.

‘The term ‘sweeping saga’ might be a cliché, but it’s the best way to describe this novel, which doesn’t let social ills, racism, death and negativity bog down a buoyant story with lots of juicy revelations.'
Herald Sun

‘Belinda Alexandra is one of Australia’s most successful international novelists and her latest is another sweeping historical saga … a big, bold novel with an evocative sense of place that will captivate Alexandra’s many fans’
Canberra Weekly

‘For a book with such deep themes, Southern Ruby is an easy read, told in an entertaining narrative that draws us along like a conversation with a close friend. It is a thought-provoking novel that should leave the reader feeling satisfied as well as entertained.’
Newtown Review of Books

‘This is the first Belinda Alexandra book that I have ever read, but I do have another one on my TBR shelf that I picked up ages ago. Definitely going to have to bump it up my list because this was one of my most enjoyed books of the year. I just really loved the story and the way in which history and culture were weaved into such an enjoyable narrative.’

‘This book has so many twists and turns I didn’t want to put it down.
I’ll definitely be reading more from this great author. Rated: 5/5’

Product Details:
PRINT ISBN: 9780732296629
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Published: 21st August 2017
Pages: 608
Historical Fiction

'Belinda Alexandra is a master at keeping the pages turning' — Herald Sun