Also the owner of: http://silversolara.blogspot.com I enjoy reading historical fiction and mystery. I live in Pennsylvania and am a retired business teacher.
Who can forget Scarlett O'Hara, Tara, and of course beloved Mammy. Ruth's Journey is a tale of Mammy.
Mammy was born in the Caribbean Islands, was the only survivor of an attack on her household, and made her way to Savannah with the Forniers. As their "child" she was treated well, but was sold to another family.
Mammy Ruth moves from one famous Southern family's home to another as we the reader follow her and find out what made Mammy the mammy she was. There are many happy situations, but there are also many sad ones. The O'Haras are mentioned throughout the book and, of course, that is where Mammy ends up.
RUTH'S JOURNEY was very well researched, but unfortunately difficult to follow and enjoy until the book was almost over.
I loved GONE WITH THE WIND, but RUTH'S JOURNEY had something to be desired. It didn't get interesting until way into the book, and most specifically not until Mammy got to Tara with the O'Haras. Visualizing Tara and hearing chararacters' names from GONE WITH THE WIND made the wait worthwhile.
I enjoyed learning about Mammy, but RUTH'S JOURNEY wasn't a favorite read...it was a bit tedious even though the writing was outstanding.
You will love Mammy Ruth and feel sorry for her, and you will love learning about her strong will and her love and loyalty for the people she cared for and kept her going on through all her many losses. Mammy Ruth was an interesting person, and a character everyone most likely loved and will never forget especially in her dealings with Scarlett. 3/5