A wonderful antidote to glitz romance. Ruby Dee is so sweet, so loving, so wise, that you know she’ll get it right in the end, and you stay with her all the way to make sure she does. ~Detroit Free Press, on The Loves of Ruby Dee.
From the Author’s Note in The Loves of Ruby Dee:
The stories I write spring from my strong beliefs: in the beauty and endurance of the land and of those who work the land, in horses and pickup trucks and in boots and blue jeans, and in the hope that tomorrow is going to be a better day. I like to mix in a little mischief–maybe a lot of mischief–and add a touch of country blues, such as found in the songs of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea, John Berry, Don Williams, and Patty Loveless (my favorite singers), to name a few. If you like all those things, you might enjoy this book. If you don’t enjoy this book, find one you can. A good book lets us escape our lives, and gives us heart to live them, too.
I wrote that introduction in 1996, when The Loves of Ruby Dee was first published. I smile at reading it now. Little has changed in my attitude and the things I find valuable in life on earth.