A Town Called Ruby Prairie, Coming Home to Ruby Prairie Series #1   -     By: Annette Smith
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A Town Called Ruby Prairie, Coming Home to Ruby Prairie Series #1

Moody Publishing / 2004 / Paperback

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2,000 people, five churches, a championship girl's basketball team, and widowed newcomer Charlotte Carter. Locals know the Round-the-Clock Cafe closes at 8:00 p.m., but they don't know if Chatlotte's "Tanglewood," a home for troubled girls, fits their quiet Texas town. Will they grow? Can Charlotte go it alone? 256 pages, softcover from Moody.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Moody Publishing
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.0 X 6.0 (inches)
ISBN: 0802435572
ISBN-13: 9780802435576
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Series: Coming Home to Ruby Prairie

Publisher's Description

Mitford meets Mayberry in the first book of the Coming Home to Ruby Prairie series. In the small town of Ruby Prairie, Texas, even the most blessed of plans can go amazingly awry. A Town Called Ruby Prairie tells the story of newly widowed Charlotte Carter, who moves to town with plans to open a foster home for troubled girls. Fiercely independent and determined to succeed on her own, Charlotte soon learns that caring for six teens is much more challenging than she expected. One crisis follows another until the quirky, good-hearted people of Ruby Prairie rally their support to keep the home open. This humorous and inspirational story celebrates the joys found in the simple things of life--faith, friends, family, and community.

Author Bio

ANNETTE SMITH is a registered nurse as well as a writer and speaker. She has published a number of books, including Coming Home to Ruby Prairie Series, Eden Plain Series, The Whispers of Angels, Stories to Feed Your Soul, Watermelon Days & Firefly Nights, and Homemade Humble Pie & Other Slices of Life. Annette and her husband of over twenty years, Randy, have raised two children and have served as foster parents. They reside in Tyler, Texas.

Publisher's Weekly

In the first installment of the Coming Home to Ruby Prairie series, Smith dishes up a lightweight tale of smalltown life, sprinkled with plenty of Christian values. The 40-year-old widow, Charlotte Carter, has no children of her own, so she fills her rambling pink frame home, Tanglewood, with a motley crew of foster children: the rambunctious nine-year-old twins, Nikki and Vikki; rebellious 15-year-old Beth and needy Donna, Maggie and Sharita, all with baggage from the past. Down at the 'Round the Clock Cafe, colorful locals swap quips with Kerilynn Bell, mayor of Ruby Prairie and owner of the restaurant, while the aging members of the dwindling Ruby Prairie Women's Culture Club keep the social and charitable functions of the town humming along. Charlotte is sure she can take care of the girls by herself, but when disaster strikes, she realizes she's taken on more than she can handle. Ruby Prairie's community comes to the rescue. Smith is the author of several books, including Homemade Humble Pie & Other Slices of Life, and is also a former foster parent, lending authenticity to her story line. But she deals out dialogue with a heavy hand, and the tension in the plot never rises past a simmer. Numerous point-of-view changes slow down the pacing. However, a generous dollop of humor and a sweet story line might interest Christian readers who want a gentle, Mitfordish read without too much angst. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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  1. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 25, 2012
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In a town called Ruby Prairie, even the best of intentions can go terribly wrong. Recently widowed, Charlotte Carter wants to open a home in Tanglewood for needy girls. She is determined to do it all on her own, without the help of the church or the townspeople. She quickly discovers how wrong she is, and how challenging it is to care for six girls on her own.

    The townspeople in Ruby Prairie, Texas, are excited about Charlotte's home for girls. One or two hold back, but the majority vote that she's doing a good thing. For the most part, Charlotte seems to doing just fine on her own with six adolescent girls in her pink Tanglewood home. But then chaos ensues, and everything starts to fall apart. Will Charlotte accept the help she so desperately needs - or will she loose the girls she's waited a lifetime to help?

    This book introduced me to a very charming little town called Ruby Prairie, and I loved every second of the journey. I have had the Coming Home to Ruby Prairie for 4 years, and have never been brave enough to crack them open. What a surprise I was in for. And how regrettable that I have not discovered them till now. This book was a path into another world, with characters as big as life. This authors' look into Ruby Prairie will enchant, surprise, and put you on the edge of your seat for the rest of the story.
  2. Sharon Kiesel
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 27, 2010
    Sharon Kiesel
    This was a fun and easy read. I loved it! Characters are 'real' and held my interest from first paragraph to last. Charlotte learned the value of a supportive and loving church family and community togetherness. I hope to read more of Annette Smith's books. This one was great!
  3. Yol
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 3, 2010
    Yol
    A wonderful story, well written and enjoyable to read about the lives of a widow making a new start and her home for girls. The love that she has for the girls needing a home is what we all desire in our lives!
  4. Pat Zinicola
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 10, 2010
    Pat Zinicola
    Annette Smith is my new favorite author. The three books in the Ruby Prairie series are wonderful. I felt like I was right there with the characters. I only wish the series could continue with more stories of the people of Ruby Prairie. It left me with wanting more.
  5. Elizabeth
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 13, 2008
    Elizabeth
    Ruby Prairie is an uplifting look at small town life. Charlotte was in for a big surprise when she moved to Ruby Prairie. Annette Smith used humor and compassion to teach Charlotte and the Tanglewood girls what God's love is truly about.
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