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About the Book
When Ruby McCoy and her mother arrive in Fairplay and promptly move into the biggest mansion around, they are the talk of the town. But while Mrs. McCoy worries about ribbons, trunks, and wallpaper, Ruby rolls up her sleeves. Since the hanging of her notorious gangster father five years ago, Ruby, hiding under an assumed name, is on a mission to right her father’s wrongs. She is determined to spend every penny of her inherited “blood money” helping those who paid the price for her father’s crimes. But she didn’t plan on falling in love.
Sheriff Rex Truett doesn’t trust Ruby and doesn’t care who knows it. The keeper of Fairplay’s law and order makes it his business to find out why a stranger—especially a beautiful, rich, female stranger—would set up businesses, donate to schools, hire workmen to rebuild houses, and provide access to the best medical care. But when a cholera epidemic sweeps through the city, he is forced to reconsider.
Will Ruby have the courage to tell Rex her family secret? And will love or justice win in Rex’s heart?
This was such a lovely story! I enjoyed reading about Ruby and her quest to make things right for the families her father had wronged. I admire her for wanting to do that. I thought the author did a wonderful job writing in this time period. I felt the language was right, the settings were proper, and the atmosphere was accurate. I imagine that is difficult to do!
Although Ruby was my favorite character for her charm, sense of right and wrong, and her willingness to help others, I also found myself drawn to Rex. He, too, had this compassionate side that you don’t see in a lot of male characters from this time period. His willingness to help the two orphans warmed my heart and I hoped that it would work out for him to keep them. But I also admired his determination for finding out exactly who Ruby and Cordelia were. It was the protector in him doing this, and I loved seeing his love for his town.
There was a twist that I won’t discuss near the end, but I will say that I am so happy the author included it. It was the perfect plot twist to add to Rex and Mavis’ story and I could not have planned it better myself. In addition, I saw a lot of character growth in this book which I enjoy reading. I think Ruby’s character grew the most, and rightly so. But there was also a change in Rex and I think that really grabbed my attention the most. Underneath all this of course was a small romantic story between Rex and Ruby. I couldn’t wait for them to both just be honest with each other so they could move on from it. I actually expected it a little earlier in the story to show their lives torn apart a little bit.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this historical novel and would definitely pick up another book by this author again! I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
About the Author
A prolific writer, Loree Lough has 108 books, 68 short stories, and more than 2,500 articles in print. Her novels have earned dozens of industry and Reader’s Choice awards. A frequent guest speaker for writers’ organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, corporations, and college and high school writing programs, Loree and her husband, Larry, divide their time between a home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains.
Her books have over 3700 ratings on Goodreads with the first two books in The Secrets of Sterling Street series, Currency of the Heartand Guardians of the Heart receiving multiple four and five star reviews on book review and retail sites.
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