With Thanksgiving approaching in the US, we thought our heroines could share some things they are thankful for. Amy's up first ...
Ruby Wynn is a midwife and single mother. She’s also one of my favorite heroines because I can relate to her. She’s doing the best she can and doubting herself every step of the way. I think when you’re a parent of a teenage girl, life is filled with drama. I love my dear daughter like nothing else, but she can sure make my head spin with her mood changes. Ruby is dealing with a lot of teenage drama and doing it without much help from Violet’s father. Luckily, they moved to Grass Lake, TN where they've both found some support.
Things might be tough, but Ruby also has lots of things to be thankful for. As Thanksgiving approaches here in the US, here’s Ruby’s Gratitude List.
Doing what’s right for Violet is what drives Ruby in Catch a Fallen Star. That’s why Violet would most definitely top this list. Violet is trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be. She loves her mom but desperately wants her dad to prove he loves her. There’s a heart of gold hidden under all that teenage sarcasm and rebellion and Ruby is extremely thankful for that.
Next on Ruby’s list is Helping Hooves Equine Therapy Farm. Helping Hooves is run by the heroine from the first book in the Grace Note Records series, Faith Stratton. It’s a safe haven for Violet. Jesse, the new social worker, is a godsend. He empowers Violet and helps Ruby understand why her daughter sometimes does the crazy things she does. Ruby is so thankful places like this exist.
Holly Davis is Ruby’s best friend and the reason she came to Grass Lake. Holly helped her establish her business and provides her with that shoulder to lean on that’s been missing for so long. We all need one really good friend and Ruby is so thankful to Holly for being that for her.
Ruby isn’t much of a cook. It’s one of those things that makes her question if she’s a good mom or not. But she is ever so grateful for fast food restaurants since Violet loves fried chicken and biscuits.
Lastly, Ruby has to admit that she’s thankful for Boone Williams. She had no idea who he was when she first met him, but it didn’t take long for him to change her life. Boone gets to Ruby through Violet. It’s his care and compassion for Ruby’s daughter that makes her forever grateful.
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With her physically and mentally demanding job as a United States Coast Guard rescue swimmer, it’s not surprising that Aubrey Wynn is a classic Type-A personality. She’s competitive, ambitious, stubborn, and opinionated. She doesn’t tolerate disloyalty and hates secrets. Now, I know you might be concerned about her likability factor but I promise she’s lovable, too. She’s compassionate, caring, and brave to the point where she puts others needs and safety above her own. Sure, she’s tough, but she has a vulnerable side too. Frogs freak her out. She has a soft spot for Christmas, the down and out, and her old flame, Eli Pelletier.
When Eli comes back to Pacific Cove he turns her life upside down. Thank goodness for the “constants” in her life. Here are a few things that Aubrey is eternally grateful for…
Swimming is the one thing that Aubrey has always excelled at. It literally gives her strength and it’s always bolstered her confidence. She loves the water in pretty much any form. Whether it’s the wild ferocity of the stormy Pacific Ocean or the peaceful calm of the community swimming pool she’s trying to save, she’s grateful that she’s been able to turn her love for the water into her life’s work.
When Aubrey was a kid she had two best friends; Alex and Eli. One of them broke her heart while the other remained firmly planted in her heart for all these years. She’s not sure she can ever forgive Eli’s betrayal. She’s always treasured Alex’s loyalty and friendship.
Aubrey is grateful for the athleticism that allows her to do the job she loves. She doesn’t take that for granted and takes care of her body. She’s a health food nut who believes in the power of yoga and that sugar is toxic. (Of course, she isn’t afraid to spread either message.) And even though she sticks to a healthy diet, she has a soft spot for buttermilk pancakes. Especially when Eli makes them for her for dinner.
Despite Eli’s annoying habit of always trying to keep her safe, Aubrey becomes grateful for him, too. Never more so than when her life is in danger and he ignores her insistence that she doesn’t need him. Maybe, just maybe, there’s a reason why he has always tried to keep her safe. And maybe that’s not such a bad thing after all.
Love these ladies. We hope you will too! Wynn for the win :)