Five Pillar Series

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Facing life choices while growing up is hard enough. Doing it all while figuring out if God exists—well, that’s just Ruby’s luck.

Eighteen-year-old Ruby Saunders is no typical high school senior. After years of struggling with her single mom to keep food on the table, their nomad lifestyle has worn her tiny family thin. When her mom finds a solid job, stability roots them in the suburbs of an Ohio town, where she lands her first real boyfriend, Shawn Turner.

Ruby is determined to graduate with honors, even if she has to visit a Mosque to do it…

In an effort of maintain a perfect GPA, Ruby pairs with a pretty Muslim girl named Layla Guirguis for a world religion project. Though her classmate wears a scarf over her hair and comes from a different background, Ruby quickly learns they have a lot in common. The more they hang out, the more Ruby learns about Islam, and the more her Agnostic views are put to the test. And as as her friendship with Layla grows, Ruby learns something that promises to break her heart.

When love and logic collide, faith is the only defining factor…

Between study sessions and dealing with her over-protective mother, Ruby’s dating life takes a turn for the serious. After six months of swooning over Shawn’s charming smile, her ‘true love waits’ ring begins to feel more like a rusty piece of scrap metal than the sweet sixteen gift her mother gave her. Still, she’s determined not to make the same mistakes her mom did—if only it were that easy.