Ruby's Slippers [NOOK Book]


Dottie Meyers, 35, is a real-life Dorothy Gale living with her little black dog on a small farm in Kansas that’s about to be hit by a tornado. Knocked unconscious by the storm, she awakes three months later at a recovery facility in California where her father, last seen when she was four, has left her a mysterious pair of ruby slippers.

But unlike The Wizard of Oz, this isn’t a dream, and the yellow brick road journey that Dottie and three friends are about to take from Los ...

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Dottie Meyers, 35, is a real-life Dorothy Gale living with her little black dog on a small farm in Kansas that’s about to be hit by a tornado. Knocked unconscious by the storm, she awakes three months later at a recovery facility in California where her father, last seen when she was four, has left her a mysterious pair of ruby slippers.

But unlike The Wizard of Oz, this isn’t a dream, and the yellow brick road journey that Dottie and three friends are about to take from Los Angeles to Seattle in search of her dad will show the realities of a broken childhood. More importantly, everything connected to those sparkling red shoes will prove to Dottie that there’s only one true wonder worker behind the so-called curtain who can heal her wounds and prepare the heart for love.

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Injured by a tornado that hit her Kansas home, 35-year-old Dottie Meyers wakes up three months later in a California health facility, where her long-absent father has left her a pair of ruby slippers. Dottie, along with three friends, sets off to find her father to resolve her feelings about him and what happened to their family so long ago. Addressing the fragility of broken childhoods and lost dreams, Ellis's latest (after Elvis Takes a Back Seat) will appeal to devotees of women's fiction.

—Tamara Butler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805449914
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,275,258
  • File size: 863 KB

Meet the Author

Leanna Ellis sold more than 1.3 million romantic novels writing as Leanna Wilson, winning a Readers' Choice award and the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for her work. Elvis Takes a Back Seat is the first book published under her married name, marking a new creative direction in her writing. Like Francine Rivers before her, Leanna has left behind a successful career as an author of secular romances to write novels of faith that glorify God. A former schoolteacher, Leanna is now a homeschool mom and lives with her husband and children in Keller, Texas.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    "Ruby¿s Slippers" is a Real Gem!

    I absolutely loved this book. I give it 5 stars, and I don’t readily give out 5 stars. Ruby's Slippers is rich, entertaining, and definitely fun. The characters are very likable, interesting and unique, even quirky, each in their own way.
    This is the second novel I have read by Leanna Ellis, and I have to say, she has made it to might “favorite authors” list.
    Ruby's Slippers is about a young women, Dottie, who is trying to sort out her feelings, and the choices that she has made in her life. With the “ruby slippers” she sets out to find the thing, or things, that have been missing in her life, and in the end, she finds what she has always been looking for.
    The story takes on a rich and vibrant tone as the author takes us on a journey that most of us can relate to in our own lives.
    There are lots of twists and turns and “Ruby’s Slippers” is a very fun, positive and engaging story. It is a very touching read that inspires us to appreciate the life that we have been given and to trust that there is a plan, a good plan, for our futures, and to look forward with joy to what comes next in our lives.
    As I read this book, and I couldn’t put it down, my own faith in God was increased, and it helped me to understand some of my own ways of thinking when it comes to trust and believing the promises of God.

    Leanna Ellis, I believe, has a unique voice, and is able to describe people, places, and things with such intrigue, cleverness, and literary art. She is very creative and smart, you can see it in her writings. I think most women young or old will absolutely adore “Ruby’s Slippers”. Maybe even some men would like it too.
    I felt so good while reading it and very satisfied at the end. .
    So far, I have read “Facelift” (which was excellent too), and now “Ruby’s Slippers”, by Leanna Ellis, and I am so looking forward to reading many more by her. I think I am going to read, “Elvis Takes A Back Seat” next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    The Ruby Slippers

    I checked this out from my local library and loved it. I have always loved the Wizard of Oz and have wondered how awesome it would be if I actually owned the real Ruby Slippers, this story is very good and has a nice message,I enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

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    Ruby's Slippers

    Ruby's Slippers
    Leanna Ellis
    BHPublishing Group
    ISBN 978-0-8054-4698-2

    Reviewed by Cindy Loven

    OH my!! I normally do not gush over a book, but I have to say, I have found a new author to add to my favorite list. This book was amazing. Well written, easy to read, enjoyable, awesome storyline, are just a few words to describe Ruby's Slippers
    Dottie and Abby Meyers, are two sisters who are on opposite poles, as far as you can be opposites. Dottie has stayed in Kansas all her life and taken care of the family farm and her mother, during her mom's last days, while Abby has been off working, as an actress. The one thing they have in common is the family farm, Ruby, their mother left it to them jointly. Dottie is convinced she will never leave the farm and hopes for the day, when she has saved enough to buy out Abby.
    Never married, and nursing an old crush of high school years, Dottie is not sure she will ever find love, but God has different plans for her life. A horrible tornado injures Dottie and she is taken to California, by her sister Abby, to be cared for, and the farm is put up for auction. A mysterious man visits while she is in a coma and leaves a "family heirloom", follow along as Dottie journeys towards finding the answers she has searched for all her life, concerning family, love and living in general.
    Leanna Ellis, a well acclaimed author, from Keller Texas has really just presented us with a book that is so well written, a story that just unfolds in front of you, effortlessly and enjoyably. You will not be disappointed in this book. 312 pages $14.99 US

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

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    There's No Place Like Home... And No Author Like Leanna Ellis

    Leanna Ellis is one of the more original voices in women's fiction, and she proves it in her latest novel, Ruby's Slippers.

    After a tornado flattens her farm, Dottie Meyers awakens from a coma to find she's literally not in Kansas anymore. Admitted to a West Coast recovery facility by her selfish sister, Dottie finds her life is as much of a whirlwind as the storm. But the discovery of a pair of ruby slippers left at her bedside by her absentee father sends Dottie, her friends, and her little dog, Otto, on a journey she'll never forget.

    In Ruby's Slippers, Ms. Ellis pays homage to the classic film, The Wizard of Oz, with a dash of Cinderella for good measure. This is a charming tale of mending broken dreams, people who are more than they seem, and finding the meaning for true happiness within your heart

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

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    Follow Your Heart

    If you love the Wizard of Oz with all the crazy characters and the adventures they go on, you will love this story. Even if you weren't crazy about the movie that starred Judy Garland you will love this book. I have to say I wasn't really a fan of the movie, it scared me tremendously as a kid, yet my parent's insisted we watch it every year. The Wizard of Oz has been redeemed for me. Hooray! Leanna took me inside the pages of this clever, witty, fun and surprising story. I found treasure where I least expected it. God's healing truth jumped off the page and into my heart.

    "Every day is a gift," the author mentions. It's our choice to see it and open up the gift daily.

    Here's a sneak peak into this book. .."were two frightened people, side by side, who are afraid to risk, afraid to love, afraid of being wounded, can't reach out to one another. "Maybe," I venture a hypothesis, "that's why we can't explore.experience God. We're afraid of him."

    I have found these statements and many others to be so true in my life. Not only was I afraid of God but afraid to do what he had asked me to do- questioning if he picked the right person for the task at hand. I let the enemy win in my life by just being afraid to do anything. I didn't grow, love or live life. I think that's why I really related to this story. I've experienced this truth, and God's healing power mentioned throughout this tale. I totally enjoyed every minute I spent reading Leanne's book. Through these very unique set of characters I can see how far I've let God heal my heart. I also see how much he wants to love me, if I let him. We all are a work in progress. This was the first book I've read by Leanna Ellis, I'm most definitely going to check out her other two books. I can't wait to read this book again.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Character-Driven Drama

    Leanna Ellis does character-driven novels with dramatic suspense. She draws people hanging by a string in the middle of their lives, trying to understand how they got here and which way they're going to swing. And for the length of one novel, the reader is clutching the same string.
    Dottie is "adventurous as a turtle" until the entire setting of her life is removed. After three months in a coma, she must redefine herself. She faces enormous challenges with courage and sets out to resolve the mysteries which have constrained her emotional development in the past.
    The reader should not be put off by parallels with The Wizard of Oz. I'm not particularly a fan of Oz. Ruby's Slippers is its own plot, characters, and resolution.
    Read Ruby's Slippers for the author's voice, for her delightful metaphors and similes, the characters and their stories, the drama of their passions. Weeks later, the novel's take-away values still ring in your mind.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    Bring Somewhere Over the Rainbow Home!

    While I would consider myself a strong fan of Leanna Ellis, it took me a little longer to get into the flow of RUBY'S SLIPPERS.

    Still, that's not to say this book didn't hold me in it's grip. The beginning throws you right there into the tornado with Dottie and her little dog Otto. The chapters are short, the language is jumpy, Dottie is fading in and out of consciousness. Through her recovery, I felt very tied to Dottie's emotions. Her sense of confusion, her desire to be back where life was normal, her growing love for the friends and security the home provides. Because of this, I felt just as wary as Dottie to step outside and follow through with the rest of her trials and travels.

    Ellis writes with a simple, clean, light style the pulls you along. However, the bits with Dottie's sister felt way too rushed, the relationship not as fleshed out as it could have been to convey a finer sense of what each sister's motivations were for the family. The theme of The Wizard of Oz, while very prevalent, was not overly forced in. Ellis skillfully weaves elements and icons from the famous movie into her own plot-lines, managing to create a finely woven bond rather than a straight up comparison between the two. The major themes felt similar to the previous two books by Ellis, but the situations and voices were much more stark.

    I look forward to what Ellis has in store for us next!

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Ruby's Slippers - A Perfect Fit

    An absolutely delightful book! Leanna Ellis does a fantastic job of weaving the elements of THE WIZARD OF OZ into a totally modern story. With amazing wit and insight Leanna pulls the reader into the story of Dottie Meyers a thirty-five year old former teacher-turned-caregiver and farmer.
    Dottie loves her Kansas farm but her witch of a sister wants to sell it. A tornado desroys her farm and Dottie awakes from a coma to find herself on the West Coast. She's not in Kansas anymore. With this awakening, she finds a special gift left by the father she hasn't seen since she was four.
    Traveling with a cast of enduring characters reminiscent of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion, Dottie and her dog Otto,set out in search of her powerful father but she keeps running into her Heavenly Father along the way.
    You will be sad that the story ends but the satisfying answer to Dottie's search will warm your soul. Not only would I recommend this book but I'll definitely read it again and again.

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