Troubador Ruth

Released: 01/03/2012

ISBN: 9781848766235

eISBN: 9781848769229

Format: Paperback/eBook

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From the lush Owen Stanley Ranges of Papua New Guinea to working-class inner Sydney... Ruth follows the story of its protagonist, the only daughter of John and Alice Madison, coffee plantation owners. Set in the fifties and sixties, Ruth struggles to rise above the stigma of being an unwed mother alone in a strange land. Determined not to end up on the streets, she learns to live by her wits - until circumstances take a turn for the worse. To provide a better life for her son, Stewart, she takes up work in a distant town. There, she meets Lachlan McGrath, the owner of Bryliambone station. Life on the land is good to Ruth until fate turns her world upside down. Faced with losing everything, she sets to rebuilding her husband's debt-ridden business into a thriving cotton farm. Marlene is inspired by many authors, including Patricia Shaw, Maeve Binchy and Guy de Maupassant. Ruth has elements of Lloyd Jones’ Mr Pip, Ruth Park’s The Harp in the South and Patricia Shaw’s The Feather and the Stone. The novel will appeal to readers interested in family relationships and cultural history.

28/2/2012 Marlene interviewed by Lucy Walton for Femail First Magazine.
http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/Ruth-229678.html


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I wasn't sure about this book at first. There were a few graphic parts in the beginning that I didn't like. After that, it got really good. An interesting story about a women who goes through ALOT in her life. Just when you think things cant get any worse for her, they do. This book shows her struggles and determination, which I really like. I like a book about a strong, independent, 'never give up', kind of girl. I enjoyed this book. Thanks Goodreads, for choosing me as a winner of this book!

by Jessica


I really enjoyed this book. It has plenty of twists and turns, making it hard to put down.
The main character goes through a huge amount, which could be a little too much to be believable but somehow this book makes it work.
The characters are well developed and as a result are as likable or as off-putting as they need to be for the part they play in the story.
Well worth a read.

by Caz Ward


I received this book as an Advanced Readers Copy. I was a little confused at first because I wasn't sure what exactly was going on. But it only took me a few pages to become engrossed in the story. I grew up in the same time period so I could relate to a lot of what Ruth was going through. But then Australia and (New) South Wales and the surrounding areas are different from anything I know about. There were so many ups and downs for the main character, just like life.
I really enjoyed the book and was disappointed when it was over.

by Elizabeth Whitehead


I just finished this. Couldn't put it down! It's a combination of family saga and historical fiction with the same feeling that I got from the Poisonwood Bible! Wow!

by Aloi


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Through the laughter, the tears and the totally heart wrenching moments throughout this story I was engrossed in this story. What a story it is... as a young woman strives to make a good life for her children and meets with all the trials and tribulations that entails. This one was hard to put down and unfortunately I received it during the holiday season when I absolutely had to put it down. An awesome story told by an author who truly feels the characters she writes about. I definitely look forward to more from Marlene S. Lewis.

by tinasnyderrn


Mar 21, 2012
Upon receiving this novel this morning and by observing the blurb i am apsolutely facinated & intregued by it, hence i cannot wait to start reading. It appears to be a novel that it society & family driven that ecompases some of the hardships that i encountered in 'The Help' as it is set during a very difficult time of civil rights & women's movements during the 1950's.

After reading this novel i was completely mesmirised and overwhelmed by Marlene Lewis' style & writing which was ap...moreUpon receiving this novel this morning and by observing the blurb i am apsolutely facinated & intregued by it, hence i cannot wait to start reading. It appears to be a novel that it society & family driven that ecompases some of the hardships that i encountered in 'The Help' as it is set during a very difficult time of civil rights & women's movements during the 1950's.

After reading this novel i was completely mesmirised and overwhelmed by Marlene Lewis' style & writing which was apsolutely breathtaking. It was a compelling and gripping story that i fell in love with immediately and a book that i am now most certain to read again. It was character-driven with specific characters that were distinctive and which as a reader you could realy empathise with a relate to easily, especially Ruth the main character. It is a heartwarming and emotional journey that is thought provoking & deeply authentic to the core (i was in tears in places!). It was a storyline that i got lost in and i enjoyed the journey of discovery, being taken on Ruth's adventure and travelling at her side. Family focused and full of mother-son relationship, that makes this story's emphasis and central focus point on friendship, family and love. It is something that anyone can easily relate to and connect with, as in my case with the main character and is really thoughtful, meaningful & truth drawing. It is set during a time of civilian rights and women speaking out and this is certainly a book that wants to 'speak out' and project a message, one of hope, determaination & perseverance and being able to look beyond the horizon. I admire Marlene S Lewis so much for her tale that 'tells it how it is' and the ups & downs of life in perfect clarity that is very truthful and realistic of the times, as it covers all aspects such as poverty, social hierachy & status within community, prostitution & farming. This book was full of suspence and mystery and one that did not fail to shock or suprise me throughout, as well as being utterly facinating & interesting. For those who like a book to get lost within, for those who enjoy reading fiction that is based around fact and for those readers who enjoy novels such as 'The Help' then i suggest that you read 'Ruth' by Marlene S Lewis because it will completely suprise you. (less)

by Lucinda, Goodreads


After reading this novel i was completely mesmirised and overwhelmed by Marlene Lewis' style & writing which was apsolutely breathtaking. It was a compelling and gripping story that i fell in love with immediately and a book that i am now most certain to read again. It was character-driven with specific characters that were distinctive and which as a reader you could realy empathise with a relate to easily, especially Ruth the main character. It is a heartwarming and emotional journey that is thought provoking & deeply authentic to the core (i was in tears in places!). It was a storyline that i got lost in and i enjoyed the journey of discovery, being taken on Ruth's adventure and travelling at her side. Family focused and full of mother-son relationship, that makes this story's emphasis and central focus point on friendship, family and love. It is something that anyone can easily relate to and connect with, as in my case with the main character and is really thoughtful, meaningful & truth drawing. It is set during a time of civilian rights and women speaking out and this is certainly a book that wants to 'speak out' and project a message, one of hope, determaination & perseverance and being able to look beyond the horizon. I admire Marlene S Lewis so much for her tale that 'tells it how it is' and the ups & downs of life in perfect clarity that is very truthful and realistic of the times, as it covers all aspects such as poverty, social hierachy & status within community, prostitution & farming. This book was full of suspence and mystery and one that did not fail to shock or suprise me throughout, as well as being utterly facinating & interesting. For those who like a book to get lost within, for those who enjoy reading fiction that is based around fact and for those readers who enjoy novels such as 'The Help' then i suggest that you read 'Ruth' by Marlene S Lewis because it will completely suprise you.

by Lucinda


Marlene S Lewis

Born in the 1950s in east Kent, England, Marlene emigrated to Australia in the 1960s. Apart from spending many years living in and around Sydney she has also lived in rural New South Wales and Queensland. Marlene has worked in managerial roles within the community sector and is a trained psychotherapist with qualifications in liberal arts, and counselling psychology. Marlene has travelled extensively throughout Australia and brings much of her knowledge and love of the country to her writing. Until recently, the focus of her work has been poetry.

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