I recently read a Ruth Wind novel, In the Midnight Rain, which I liked quite a bit. The heroine is a journalist who goes to a small southern town to research the life of a black woman singer who seemed about to become famous, then vanished without a trace. But she's also got another mission: to find out who her father is or was. She knows that her mother got pregnant in that town, but her mother died without telling her who her father was. And there's a sexy guy she knows from online discussions, who has a tragic past, grows orchids, and loves the blues...

Some elements of the plot were only surprising because I thought the book was genre romance, rather than the crossover romance-mainstream novel it probably actually was, and some plot points toward the end were not given the moral or angstful weight they deserved; but I liked the characters a lot, I appreciated that the romantic conflicts were genuine differences between people rather than lame misunderstandings or fits of pique, and that the characters talked honestly to each other rather than randomly yelling or running away. The depiction of the racial divisions of the town was pretty well-done considering that the novel was a lot more upbeat than it could have been given the subject matter.

So, I found that several of hers are listed on the various book swap sites. Has anyone read any of these? Are any worth munching mooching?

Read more... )
I recently read a Ruth Wind novel, In the Midnight Rain, which I liked quite a bit. The heroine is a journalist who goes to a small southern town to research the life of a black woman singer who seemed about to become famous, then vanished without a trace. But she's also got another mission: to find out who her father is or was. She knows that her mother got pregnant in that town, but her mother died without telling her who her father was. And there's a sexy guy she knows from online discussions, who has a tragic past, grows orchids, and loves the blues...

Some elements of the plot were only surprising because I thought the book was genre romance, rather than the crossover romance-mainstream novel it probably actually was, and some plot points toward the end were not given the moral or angstful weight they deserved; but I liked the characters a lot, I appreciated that the romantic conflicts were genuine differences between people rather than lame misunderstandings or fits of pique, and that the characters talked honestly to each other rather than randomly yelling or running away. The depiction of the racial divisions of the town was pretty well-done considering that the novel was a lot more upbeat than it could have been given the subject matter.

So, I found that several of hers are listed on the various book swap sites. Has anyone read any of these? Are any worth munching mooching?

Read more... )
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