Years of observing human nature in many different situations led author Ruth C. Howard to adapt from her own experiences this story, her seventh novel “Table for Eight,” which follows four couples from completely different backgrounds and from completely different areas of the country who meet on a cruise, highlighting passage through the Panama Canal.    

     Eight different personalities share the same table in the ship’s dining room. Their differences lead to the development of many story lines, including death(s), an unusual funeral, a variety of musical scenarios and romance.  At the end, the eight have become five plus—but how—and why? Only reading the story will answer the questions. 

    “The story of ‘Table for Eight’ deals directly with three prejudices active in today’s social hierarchy—racial, sexual and spousal abuse,” says Howard on her book’s relevance in today’s society. She believes that this latest story stands out among so many others through its focus on the development of the characters and the growth of their interpersonal relationships, and by its examination of different views into the lives of each of the characters as they deal with similar experiences. She also hopes that her understanding of human nature may entice readers to read more of her works. 




I found Table For Eight to be a delightful & entertaining story. I particularly liked the diversity of the main characters, and placing them in an exciting cruise ship setting provided an enticing backdrop for some compelling interactions, both positive and negative. It's certainly not an "action" story, but there are still several unexpected plot developments to keep the narrative fresh & flowing. Often, in my opinion, captivating books and movies have "fairy-tale" endings that let me down. But I was very impressed with the closing to this voyage, which I found to be imaginative & inspiring. I highly recommend reserving your place at the Table For Eight.


Ms. Howard  Painted An Accurate And Informative Narrative   of the Incredible Journey Through The Panama Canal. 

Quick Reading That Leaves You With A  "Good" Feeling In The End.

Sherrie Nicholas, Retired Teacher

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