Review: The Embittered Ruby - Book #2 Diamond Estates Novel - Nicole O'Dell - April 2012
Something that is often shied
away from is the genre of Christian fiction.
It seems to be only the "Christians'
that go for it as the others believe it will either be not something that they
will enjoy or they believe it will be all up in the trying to convert and bible
bash you. The thing is that what most people don't realize is that today's Christian Fiction for the YA audience holds
an edgy feel to it and reflects issues that go on in the lives of Christian and non-Christian
teens. A series that I had first discovered back in January 2013 was Nicole
O'Dell's Diamond Estate Novels. I was hooked
after reading Book #3 and decided to go back and check out Books #1 and #2. The
Embittered Ruby is Book #2 in the series.
In this one, we meet sixteen-year-old Carmen Castillo who has a
wealthy boyfriend, belongs to a country club and has two loving parents and off
to greatness with her tennis and private schooling. That is until her parent's marriage starts to crumble and her dad
leaves her mother for his secretary Tiffany. Soon the life Carmen knows will be
ripped away from her as they move across town to a poorer area filled with
gangs and public schooling. Her parents married originally
when Carmen was born, so Carmen concocts a plan to fall pregnant to Nick - her
boyfriend and then he will marry her and rescue her from this poor life. Things
start to go well and eventually too well as Carmen's plans come into play but what will happen when tragedy
strikes and everything Carmen has created has unraveled,
and she is back to square one, but this time with no support. When her mom hears about a Christian support type rehab
for teenage girls, her mom signs Carmen along, and she is shipped off to the Diamond Estates. During her
time here, she will meet a variety of characters - some good influences and
others bad? What will Carmen choose to
follow when it comes down to her survival?
Will she pick the path she was takenbefore the Estates or will she choose to put
her faith and self in God's way? Find out
in The Embittered Ruby by Nicole O'Dell,
Book #2 in the Diamond Estate series. A series that not only instills a
Christian value but also targets Edgy family issues and topics in a Christian