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In a family blighted by the terrible effects of the First World War, can Ruby Jenkins dare to dream of happiness?

A Rare Ruby, from much-loved author Dee Williams, is a moving saga of a young woman facing battles in life and love at the close of the Great War. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Cathy Sharp.

‘A cosy chair and a Dee Williams book is a little bit of heaven’ – Lesley Pearse

When Ruby’s father returns, shell-shocked, from the front lines of the Great War, the young girl realises that things will never be the same again. Forced to leave school and help her mother wash clothes, Ruby closes the door on her childhood.

When she takes a job at the local laundry, Ruby enjoys the friendship of the other women there, but there’s also bitchiness and jealousy amongst the workers. At home there’s growing tension with the live-in landlord as Ruby grows into an attractive woman, but not the kind who’s willing to use her charms to win favours. Ruby’s heart belongs to one man only, a local boy she’s known all her life, but there are many battles to be fought before they can start a life together…

What readers are saying about A Rare Ruby:

‘A moving story. Like all Dee’s books, I laughed sometimes and shed a few tears too

Lovely book – well written, story line keeps you hooked. Couldn’t put it down


A cosy chair and a Dee Williams book is a little bit of heaven
Lesley Pearse
Another fine saga by this ever-popular author
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Dee Williams knows her London setting thoroughly and recreates it convincingly with a few deft words
Historical Novels Review
An inspiring tale
Woman's Weekly
Harsh times, brave hearts and always a hint of hope
Northern Echo
An inspiring tale, full of surprises, intrigue and suspense
Newcastle Evening Gazette