The prequel to the Herring Cove Road (Not-So-Nuclear Family Saga) series.
With her mother's death two years before, her father's recent marriage to a woman she doesn't get along with, and then finding herself engaged to a man she isn't even sure she loves, Ruth decides to take a year away from home to discover what she wants in life. So with a small savings, the support from her much older and lifelong best friend (her family's servant,) and little knowledge of the common world, she sets off for Cambridge, England, where she will meet some 'different' characters, learn what life is like for a single, independent working woman during the depression and befriend a young man who makes up for his lack of looks with his wit, amusing idiosyncrasies and his love for practical jokes.
On her adventure of self-discovery, Ruth will find more than she ever expected. Unbeknownst to her, a secret hides within her family that will eventually enlighten her to herself, to her past, and permanently change the direction of her future.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the series follows the sometimes amusing, sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes terrifying events that follow an introverted old Jewish man's retirement as he reluctantly befriends a young and struggling single mother, her naive and lonely son, and lastly, a boy streetwise beyond his years.
"I don't usually enjoy books in a series but this was an exception. It was uplifting, and interesting with some twists I didn't see coming...It wasn't all sweet and goody two shoes either. It had some dark and realistic moments and characters. Very well written." -(Amazon Customer)
Volume 1) On Herring Cove Road: Mr. Rosen and His 43Lb Anxiety
Volume 2) Still on Herring Cove Road: Hickory, Dickory, Death
Volume 3) Off Herring Cove Road: The Problem Being Blue
Volume 4) Before Herring Cove Road: Ruth Goldman and the Nincompoop
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I do not read too many series because I get tired of the same ole same ole! This series has something different in every book. Here is my review for Volume 1. It is by far my favorite. However, this is my second favorite in the series. I adore Avriel. He is the perfect Nincompoop. His love for Ruth comes through loud and clear. He always "has her back". His personality oozes off the page and he is the perfect match for Ruth. It just takes her a little while to see it. Ruth is such a strong woman. She goes against the grain to be different, especially in this time period where women stayed home and had babies. Ruth is determined to make her own way. She moves away from home and finds a job. Granted it is a job, which she finds out later, instigated by her father. You need to read the book to see how she reacts! These two are perfect for each other. Their love for each other overcomes their flaws. This is a wholesome, heartwarming series with wonderful characters. Like I said.... I just love Avriel! I received this novel from the author for a honest review.