New author to me, Leanna Ellis, was a pleasant surprise. This is not a book that I would have picked up myself. It was given to me, and I am so glad it was. I would categorize it as Christian Chick Lit. It is a fun and easy read; however, there was much more substance than I expected. This novel could have been extremely cheesy; but a little cheddar never hurt anyone. I actually enjoyed the parallels to the Wizard of Oz, especially within the characters. Dottie Meyers is injured in a tornado in Kansas and wakes up in a nursing home where she had been given ruby slippers by a father she never knew. This leads her on a journey: a journey toward family and truth. Along the way she picks up friends who each add something to Dottie's life she didn't even realize she was missing. I love the moments of Sophia mentoring Dottie, and I was moved by the moments of realization and reconciliation. One of my favorite moments was in a conversation about prayer. Dottie asks "what if I only have complaints?" and the response: "You think He doesn't know them already?" They continue to talk about prayer and how it is about our relationship with our Father. She does meet her biological dad, but more importantly she gets to know her heavenly Father. In the end, this is who she wants to share with her sister. This was a not only a fun book, but also a well thought out one with a beautiful testimony of Dottie's personal growth. It worked for me.http://inspiredbyfiction.blogspot.com
Dottie Meyers has been content with life on the small family farm in Kansas -- but then it's all swept away by -- you guessed it -- a tornado. In this twist on the Wizard of Oz, Dottie is given a pair of ruby slippers as she recovers and must decide whether to track down the giver and who she can trust on her journey.She begins her journey a woman isolated from all she knows and loves. But as the journey progresses she must choose whether to remain aloof, or open her heart to the people around her as well as fully embrace her heavenly Father. While the spiritual thread is woven throughout the story, it is a natural part of the story's tapestry. Without it, the book would fall flat. With it, I felt a connection with Dottie and her journey of discovery. Ultimately, she'll discover that life is so much more than a pair of ruby slippers. This was a book I enjoyed reading with every page.
I like this author--cute story but does have depth and hope--interesting thoughts on families--that families are not always the ones you are born into--but the friends that you bond, heal and care for.
Leanna Ellis is one of the more original voices in womens fiction, and she proves it in her latest novel, Rubys Slippers. After a tornado flattens her farm, Dottie Meyers awakens from a coma to find shes literally not in Kansas anymore. Admitted to a West Coast recovery facility by her selfish sister, Dottie finds her life is as much of a whirlwind as the storm. But the discovery of a pair of ruby slippers left at her bedside by her absentee father sends Dottie, her friends, and her little dog, Otto, on a journey shell never forget.In Rubys Slippers, Ms. Ellis pays homage to the classic film, The Wizard of Oz, with a dash of Cinderella for good measure. This is a charming tale of mending broken dreams, people who are more than they seem, and finding the meaning for true happiness within your heart