The Dream (spoilers)

Discuss the November 2015 book of the month, Ruby's Choice by D.F. Jones
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The Dream (spoilers)

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How did you feel about the end of the book revealing that it was all a dream?
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It is kind of funny you ask this question. I must have been half asleep when I read the very end because I didn't even realize it was all a dream. I reread it this evening and it made a lot more sense. When I first finished the book I was thinking the ending was a little confusing. Didn't that just happen. I guess I can't read and sleep at the same time.
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I am not the biggest fan of any book using "and then they woke up" as any kind of plot device in general. However, there are times when it can be super useful and it works really well.
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I was not sure about that at first. Usually I don't like that kind of devices, but I agree it worked well in this case.
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Ruby's prophetic dreams is thread throughout the book. The dreams are Ruby's Choice. Ruby has to make hard choices that she knows will alter lives, including her own.

Ruby's Choice isn't all a dream. Book two picks up where the epilogue ends. For example--the Bell Street house is where the girls really start talking about the cave, the stones and their powers. The wedding at Everglade Farms really happens on December 10th.

Life is wonderful and can be really hard. Life may change with a split second decision or incident and may alter a person's life forever. Ruby's dreams offer choices. For example: Her choices save Aunt Sammie and her unborn child. Ruby's prophetic dreams nips the game in the bud which saves Reed's and Brent's friendship.
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DFJones wrote:Ruby's prophetic dreams is thread throughout the book. The dreams are Ruby's Choice. Ruby has to make hard choices that she knows will alter lives, including her own.

Ruby's Choice isn't all a dream. Book two picks up where the epilogue ends. For example--the Bell Street house is where the girls really start talking about the cave, the stones and their powers. The wedding at Everglade Farms really happens on December 10th.

Life is wonderful and can be really hard. Life may change with a split second decision or incident and may alter a person's life forever. Ruby's dreams offer choices. For example: Her choices save Aunt Sammie and her unborn child. Ruby's prophetic dreams nips the game in the bud which saves Reed's and Brent's friendship.
The second book sounds very intriguing. :)

What I liked about the ending was that Ruby was able to save Aunt Sammie and her unborn child, and the friendship things. Ultimately, I liked the ending and thought it fit like a glove.
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DFJones wrote:Ruby's prophetic dreams is thread throughout the book. The dreams are Ruby's Choice. Ruby has to make hard choices that she knows will alter lives, including her own.

Ruby's Choice isn't all a dream. Book two picks up where the epilogue ends. For example--the Bell Street house is where the girls really start talking about the cave, the stones and their powers. The wedding at Everglade Farms really happens on December 10th.

Life is wonderful and can be really hard. Life may change with a split second decision or incident and may alter a person's life forever. Ruby's dreams offer choices. For example: Her choices save Aunt Sammie and her unborn child. Ruby's prophetic dreams nips the game in the bud which saves Reed's and Brent's friendship.
You are right @DFJones I did not include the important facts that the wedding still happened and that the women unlock their powers.

At first I was a bit upset about the dream sequence, but the more I thought about it the more I liked how it all came together. She ended up with the right man from the start and skipped a lot of bad decisions.
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bluemel4 wrote:
DFJones wrote:Ruby's prophetic dreams is thread throughout the book. The dreams are Ruby's Choice. Ruby has to make hard choices that she knows will alter lives, including her own.

Ruby's Choice isn't all a dream. Book two picks up where the epilogue ends. For example--the Bell Street house is where the girls really start talking about the cave, the stones and their powers. The wedding at Everglade Farms really happens on December 10th.

Life is wonderful and can be really hard. Life may change with a split second decision or incident and may alter a person's life forever. Ruby's dreams offer choices. For example: Her choices save Aunt Sammie and her unborn child. Ruby's prophetic dreams nips the game in the bud which saves Reed's and Brent's friendship.
You are right @DFJones I did not include the important facts that the wedding still happened and that the women unlock their powers.

At first I was a bit upset about the dream sequence, but the more I thought about it the more I liked how it all came together. She ended up with the right man from the start and skipped a lot of bad decisions.
I'm so glad you liked how everything came together. Ruby's Choice places a seed of thought about life decisions. I've always wondered what it would be like to go back to a pivotal date in my life and change one decision. Would I make the same mistakes? Would I see it as an opportunity to better myself? Would I make the same choices? Every choice I make indirectly effects the lives of others.

One last little note, Ruby's prophetic dreams regarding a friend or a family member is a window of time where she tries to intervene to make a positive change in their life. In book two, Ruby is witness to a dream that she can't change, and even though she tries to intervene, those life events are predestined, and she has to watch helplessly as they unfold.
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I do not like the idea of reading a book or watching a movie, only to find out that it was all a dream. I am not fond of this concept. Although I must agree that this idea worked beautifully for this book.
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I was confused, at first, by the ending. I had to read it a second time to get my "ah ha" moment. Although I usually don't like books or movies ending with the "all just a dream" trick, it actually fit this novel very well.
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DFJones wrote:
bluemel4 wrote:
DFJones wrote:Ruby's prophetic dreams is thread throughout the book. The dreams are Ruby's Choice. Ruby has to make hard choices that she knows will alter lives, including her own.

Ruby's Choice isn't all a dream. Book two picks up where the epilogue ends. For example--the Bell Street house is where the girls really start talking about the cave, the stones and their powers. The wedding at Everglade Farms really happens on December 10th.

Life is wonderful and can be really hard. Life may change with a split second decision or incident and may alter a person's life forever. Ruby's dreams offer choices. For example: Her choices save Aunt Sammie and her unborn child. Ruby's prophetic dreams nips the game in the bud which saves Reed's and Brent's friendship.
You are right @DFJones I did not include the important facts that the wedding still happened and that the women unlock their powers.

At first I was a bit upset about the dream sequence, but the more I thought about it the more I liked how it all came together. She ended up with the right man from the start and skipped a lot of bad decisions.
I'm so glad you liked how everything came together. Ruby's Choice places a seed of thought about life decisions. I've always wondered what it would be like to go back to a pivotal date in my life and change one decision. Would I make the same mistakes? Would I see it as an opportunity to better myself? Would I make the same choices? Every choice I make indirectly effects the lives of others.

One last little note, Ruby's prophetic dreams regarding a friend or a family member is a window of time where she tries to intervene to make a positive change in their life. In book two, Ruby is witness to a dream that she can't change, and even though she tries to intervene, those life events are predestined, and she has to watch helplessly as they unfold.
Very few people can pull off " and it was a dream " properly without confusing the readers. When I first read it , I compared it to the ending of the move inception . The difference is Ruby's choice was clearer than inception. I liked how everything fell in its place. Can't wait to read the second book
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I felt disappointed at first, but then I realized that it suited the book well.
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I liked that it was a dream and felt it was done well. It was certainly a unique way to end the book. I loved the way Ruby, after seeing the premonitions, was able to save her aunt and her unborn child. It was touching that she decided not to stop her friend from marrying her husband, since she was able to see that her friend's daughter would be the best part of the life.
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If this would have been any other book with a different plot...maybe not...but she was a dreamer of the future...i think it kinda worked...
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I usually don't like books that say 'oh, and none of it actually happened', however, like others have said, I think it works well in this case. Especially since I don't really like the first part of the book. Knowing it was all a dream made me like the book more.
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