Ruby Sordsvitch desires Jacob Becken, but so does Gretchen Hauger his long-time girlfriend, friend of the family, and fiancé. Ruby from Richmond Virginia with a semi-sordid background, is on a vacation in pristine Norway with her girlfriends. She meets and wants Jacob. Constant competition between Ruby and Gretchen occurs - vicious, hateful, vengeful. Jacob doesn’t know what to do.
After Ruby and Jacob finally begin dating, Ruby sees an older man kidnap a young girl outside a bathroom block on Bygdoy Beach, Oslo. Ruby, conflicted about wasting her time and vacation helping the police, continues her hot pursuit of Jacob instead. She has a chance for a relationship with Jacob. She wants to move on from her horrible upbringing by possibly marrying him.
She spends half the novel with Jacob and her friends all the while feeling guilty about not coming forward with the kidnapping information to the police. She experiences internal struggles of continued worthlessness and external struggles of not sleeping, feeling guilty, anxiety. What will Ruby do? Pursue the new relationship with Jacob and blow off everything else or contact the police and help find the little girl?
Let the author take you to charming Oslo Norway for a love story you’ll never forget.
Themes: Romance, Love, Introspection, Hope, Suspense
About Ellen Lopez (Charlotte, North Carolina Author)
Ellen Lopez was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She spent most of her "growing up" years practicing ballet, playing neighborhood sports and dreaming about faraway places like the Netherlands ("the Lowlands"), Norway ("the Land of the Midnight Sun") and New York City ("the Big Apple").
When Ellen was ten, she had the marvelous opportunity to go to Guadalajara for a whole summer! She and her family spent many weeks on the road in Mexico. Ellen attended summer school in Guadalajara while she and her family stayed with a local resident. Ellen kept a daily diary of the entire adventure. "American Schoolgirl Explores Mexico a Memoir" is her personal story.
Ellen enjoyed learning and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Master's degree in Liberal Arts (1993), and from the University of Texas (Austin) with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics (1976). She also has taken creative writing courses at Queen's University of Charlotte (2013-2014).
Recently, Ellen completed a rewarding 30-year career in Information Technology, first as a developer, then as a project manager. During this time, she had the opportunity to visit her favorite places - including Mexico. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Blas, writes every day and continues to travel.