Press Release -July 2013
American Author to visit Millstreet, County Cork to inspire sequel novel
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- July 2013
Contact Information: Rebekah Ruth
American author and blogger of Irish descent, Rebekah Ruth, is set to visit Millstreet, County Cork, the “real” Irish town that inspired the setting for her first novel Where the Pink Houses Are. Released in 2011, the novel takes place in the fictional “Millway” where the author’s ability to conjure up the scenes were based on good old-fashioned imagination, and a bit of Google.
In her first trip to Ireland, Ruth intends to use her visit to Millstreet to follow where the first story left off and launch, in earnest, her second novel. She is thrilled to be staying in one of Millstreet’s gracious B&B’s; a home base for her visit this July. “I will actually be able to infuse the real town into my book. I will have a feel for the “personality” of the place. It will still be fiction. But it will feel so much more real to me…and hopefully to my readers!” says Ruth. A full description of her decision to make this first trip to Ireland is in her blog post here: Ireland With All Five Senses
Ruth’s first book, Where the Pink Houses Are, has garnered positive reviews. It received the coveted Kirkus Star, which is “awarded to books of remarkable merit” and was also named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best Indie books of 2012. Kirkus Reviews has been an authority in book discovery for over 80 years and they are known as “The World’s Toughest Book Critics.”
Her novel was published in November 2011 by WestBow Press. Kirkus Indie published the following review on May 30, 2012:
WHERE THE PINK HOUSES ARE
A 20-year-old widow and her mother-in-law take a vacation to Ireland and find more than they ever expected.
Nine months have passed since the freak storm that killed Ben, the bedrock of two women’s lives: his wife, Brenna, and his mother, Anna. Deciding that a trip to Ireland—Anna’s ancestral home—is needed for their mental and physical well-being, the women head to Millway, in County Cork, to recover. As the two women ease into their vacation they realize they are physically and emotionally needed in Ireland. Auntie Pat is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, which is progressing, and Bettie, her daughter, is stretched too thin trying to run the family B&B and care for her mother. Quickly establishing their intent to stay in Millway, both women find jobs and settle into the community. Brenna meets two men: Luke, a ladies’ man and all around flirt, and Ryan, an elusive businessman from Cork, who says he’s only interested in being friends, even though his body language says otherwise. Both men will drastically influence Brenna’s life in ways she never imagined—and in ways only God could orchestrate. In this tightly written book filled with vivid Irish scenery and culture, characters are constructed so well that the reader might feel as if they’ve met before. Physical and spiritual encounters pull the reader into the story due to their surprisingly realistic nature, while characters grow and change seemingly because of God’s presence—or lack thereof—in their lives. Ruth skillfully and charmingly leads the reader through the winding paths of the human condition, tempered by divine guidance.
A thorough, well-executed first effort.
Rebekah Ruth lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband and four children. On this first visit to her father’s homeland, Ruth says “I’ll just have to see where it leads me…and my characters.”
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