Before Herring Cove Road: Ruth Goldman and the Nincompoop (A Love Story) by [Kroft, Michael]

The Amusing and Heartwarming Prequel to the Multi-Genre Family Saga Series, Herring Cove Road.

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 Goldman has decided to take a year off to discover what she wants in life. It’s the early 1930s, and with a small savings, the support from her much older and life-long best friend (her family’s servant,) and little knowledge of the common world, Ruth sets off to 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 Ruth, a secret hides within her family that will eventually enlighten her to herself and to her past and permanently changing the direction of her future.


The first of the four novels in the unique, evocative and not-so-nuclear family saga series called Herring Cove Road where a small group of troubled individuals, dealing with their own personal issues, accidentally come together to form a family unit, and then while struggling to maintain it, are forced to deal with its dark results, such as: racism, death, murder, suicide and much more.

Taking place primarily in the 70’s, with believable characters and mostly situated in several areas of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the series chronicles the actions (and their results) of an old and introverted Jewish man, a struggling mother, her naive and lonely son, and a boy streetwise beyond his years.

Volume 1) On Herring Cove Road: Mr. Jew and the Goy Boy
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 (A Love Story)

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