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Midnight in Ruby Bayou Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (June 21 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567409024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567409024
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
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From Publishers Weekly

A close-knit family in the jewelry business, a clan of Southern aristocrats descended from smugglers, the FBI and a Russian assassin clash in this juicy final episode in Lowell's Donovan series (Pearl Cove, etc.). When Seattle-based jewelry designer Faith Donovan is commissioned by Davis MontegeauAher best friend Mel's future father-in-lawAto design a necklace using 13 priceless rubies of uncertain origin, she becomes the target of an assassin trying to recover jewels stolen from the fabled Hermitage in Leningrad. To protect Faith, her brothers assign Owen Walker, dashing troubleshooter and gem expert, to accompany her and the necklace to a jewelry show in Savannah and then on to the wedding on Hilton Head Island. From the moment Faith and Walker start out, the fate of the rubies becomes entwined with their budding romance. As Faith and Walker learn when they come to stay at Ruby Bayou, the Montegeau family's crumbling old plantation on Hilton Head, the alcoholic Davis has mortgaged the place to keep a failed land deal afloat, and as a result he's now mixed up with a New Jersey crime family. Davis's sister, Tiga, hasn't been right in the head for years, ever since her father, who had forced her into incest, was blasted with a shotgun by parties unknown. That same night, the Blessing Chest, filled with all the family gems, disappeared, and only Tiga knows where it might be. Though constantly shifting points of view and a few gratuitous sex scenesAeven by genre standardsAdetract from the tale, Lowell wraps things up neatly as all parties converge on the Bayou, and Faith and Walker contrive to save the day. (July)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

Jewelry designer Faith Donovan has created a peerless necklace containing $1 million in rubies. Her plan is to exhibit the necklace and turn it over to the owners. Unfortunately, the gems appear to have dubious ownership. Owen Walker, ruby expert, works for Faith's brother Archer, who is insuring the rubies in transit; he also makes an excellent bodyguard. Faith is torn between resentment and attraction; Walker is simply torn. He wants Faith but doesn't believe he's in the same class as the Donovans. When mysterious accidents begin dogging the designer, social classes take a backseat to staying alive. Laural Merlington is a good match for Lowell's often emotionally charged story. Although her male voices and Southern drawl could use work, she effectively manages to keep the characters distinct and the pace lively. This is the latest Donovan family sequel; public libraries should expect demand. Recommended. Jodi L. Israel, Jamaica Plain, MA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
I am not going to complain about the in depth jewelology that is all over this book because some people enjoy it and the author clearly enjoys writing about it. I just wish the love story could have been as lovingly rendered as the details given the ruby business. The love scenes were certainly passionate and thrilling, but the romance part a little lacking. Best things about the book were more visits to Donovan family, fun Bayou location, and sizzling attraction between characters. Weaknesses include, why was the pregnant lady crazed about gaining weight? Honey, your'e eating for two! Have some more pasta! There were a few blips in logic like that which I found really jarring; the sudden introduction and then focus of the secondary family, I just spent the first half of the book investing in a whole world on international bad guys, and then I was thrown a more domestic and not really connected group of secondary charaters half way through that i didn't really care about. And finally the very quick resolution keeping the hero and heroine together was not very emotional or satisfying. If I am going to read hundreds of pages of stuff about rubies and murders and ghosts and rape etc. in my ROMANCE novel, then the romace better pay off in the end and not give me the sense that the writer went, whew! case solved, and lovers...poof!...in love! Off to the publisher! I only sort of felt the love in this book.
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By A Customer on May 26 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The fourth in the Donovan tales ... it is a real shame that Lowell didn't stop at 3.
Faith Donovan finds herself in a jam when the bad guys think she has the big ruby. And get this --- for most of the book Faith is too stupid to realize that she is in danger and her brothers don't want to upset the fragile girl by telling her. Give me a break.
Our southern hero Owen does little to excite. I guess that it is a good thing that Faith hasn't enjoyed sex for her first 29 years ... because Owen certainly doesn't heat it up. Perhaps that is why Lowell stuck in Hannah and Archer having sex every time Owen calls home ... but how hot can sex be when you are talking to someone else on the phone?
The mystery aspects are non-existent ... you will know the thief from the second that she's introduced. Unfortunately you will be left spending the next 200 pages wondering when everyone else in the book will get it.
Not only will your heart not speed up ... you won't be able to stay awake.
Lets hope that the real Elizabeth Lowell returns with her next book.
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I've read Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove (in that order too) and recently I completed Ruby Bayou.
I must say I am rather disappointed by the story.
I wonder whether this is some sort of trend - coz the stories of Kyle and Archer (Jade Island and Pearl Cove, respectively) were so well-written I read it more than five times EVERY DAY. Amber Beach...rather bland, coz the focus was too much on the amber and less on the romance. Ironically, Ruby Bayou is also the same. The talk on rubies was too much I simply skipped the pages. It's ironic that the stories of Faith and Honor are more-or-less the same.
The book is also rather overdone. Russian Mafia, US mob, US government, and family secrets intermingle together, vying for space and attention in the book. It's too much. Overcrowded. And furthermore, I was rather disappointed by the fact that Faith should get somebody who is shorter than Jake (her twin Honor's husband), smaller than Jake or the Donovan men, and with no education. Okay, not having an education doesn't necessarily mean Owen Walker is stupid, but still..... it puts him down a level from the intimidating Donovan men, and also Jake Mallory.
Furthermore, Lowell didn't furnish the book with HOW the whole Donovan family would react to a match between Faith and Walker - employer's sister and employee. I was DYING to know their feelings on that and was vastly disappointed that Loweel didn't even put that in. In addition to that, so little of the other Donovans lives were put in. Example, in Jade Island, Kyle brought Lianne home to meet the family, and we were entertained with various family pranks and all that.
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Once again, Lowell saves a tired plot with clever banter and one likeable character. Owen is, for me, the best male character of the series. He is warm without being mushy, savvy without being hard like Archer. Even with his recent injury, he manages to be extremely tough to kill. Too bad he wasn't paired with a more memorable female lead, but Faith lacks spine. Recovering from a very weak chioce on her last boyfriend, I began to wonder halfway through if she didn't deserve the weenie after all. There was just something missing in her character.
The plot itself is pretty mundane, missing gems, bad guys, eccentric southern family with a history of abuse and other weird stuff. The resolution of the conflict also lacks sizzle. Faith, proving once again what a flat character she is, caves competely, without even an attempt at assertiveness.
There wasn't as much information on rubies as I have come to expect, either. I missed the soundbites of lore and legend, coupled with the gemacological tidbits
The improvement I would suggest is for Owen to leave Faith, meet a woman with a bit more oomph, and have a rough and tumble courtship that doesn't involve steroetypical bad guys (The Mob? Come on!). Now that would be a book worth keeping. This one, I fear, is defintitely one to recycle.
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