Sunday, July 5, 2020

Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West

I received an advance reader's edition of Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West for FREE through Goodreads Giveaway program. 

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West.

Saving Ruby King is Catherine Adel West's debut novel and it was recently released on June 16, 2020. What an awesome novel Saving Ruby King is!! I love the writing, the characters, and especially reading the different points of view for each of the main characters in Saving Ruby King

Additionally, this story isn't told in chronological order, which combined with reading the different points of view of the main characters, gives this novel a multilayered feel to it. 

I like all of the characters in Saving Ruby King. My favorite character, believe it or not, was an old church (Calvary Hope Christian Church) that shares its take on the things that have happened within its walls. Another favorite character is Alma, a minor character and church elder, who imparts pearls of wisdom. All I can add is that Saving Ruby King is a powerful read.

Below is an author interview of Catherine Adel West discussing her new novel.

P. S. I love the cover design for Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West. 

Below is the plot summary for Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West from Amazon:
When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it’s a devastating loss that leaves her on her own with her violent father. While she receives many condolences, her best friend, Layla, is the only one who understands how this puts Ruby in jeopardy.
Their closeness is tested when Layla’s father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what is the price for turning a blind eye? In a relentless quest to save Ruby, Layla uncovers the murky loyalties and dangerous secrets that have bound their families together for generations. Only by facing this legacy of trauma head-on will Ruby be able to break free.
An unforgettable debut novel, Saving Ruby King is a powerful testament that history doesn’t determine the present and the bonds of friendship can forever shape the future.
I am giving Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. A church building as a character? Now that gives meaning to the aphorism "if these walls could talk!" This debut novel sounds like a winner.

    1. It most definitely is! Interestingly enough, has made this novel their book club pick for this month and will be hosting a live book club event on their Facebook page on July 21st @ 1pm EDT. I plan to attend this live event.

  2. This is going on my lists!! Great review.

    1. Thank you, this novel is a powerful read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.