Reviewed by Kelly Allen
Ephram and Ruby have known each other most of their lives, yet their paths have rarely crossed. Ephram’s heart has always belonged to Ruby, whist hers has been torn, beaten, battered and left for dead by men and women along the journey from childhood innocence to adulthood. Having escaped their hometown of Liberty, Ruby has spent her time weaving in and out of people’s lives in New York. Ephram however, has spent his years living with his sister Celia, with only a smudge of hope in his heart that he may see Ruby again.
When Ruby has no choice but to return to Liberty, both her life and the quiet life of Ephram are thrown into chaos. Ephram must choose between the sister who brought him up as if he were her own child and the love and loyalty he has for Ruby. Ruby has a fight of her own, if she isn’t being used as a toy by the local men then she is being hunted down by an evil spirit, eventually the town turns against the pair and there may be only one way out.
This book is utterly outstanding. For me, each sentence is full of rich, vibrant descriptions and even when there are darker tales to be told, there is such beauty in the words chosen by Cynthia Bond. I thought the story was remarkable, and considering it enters into unknown realms, I felt it realistically portrayed each dark scenario perfectly.