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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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?
A heartwarming story about the daughter of a thief who is trying to right her father's wrongs. It is the third book in the series and I had not read the first two, but I had no problem reading it as a stand alone.
Ruby is a wonderful, generous heroine who is carrying a load of guilt about her father's sins. I loved her warm and sincere personality. And Rex is a great hero - in taking care of his aunt and two orphans, he shows he's a caring and loyal person. When these two meet, they both have secrets. When these secrets come to light, they both have to learn to forgive, themselves and each other, and to put their faith and trust in God.
The secondary characters were also well written and add a great background to this story. You just have to roll your eyes, chuckle and shake your head when reading about Ruby's mom. And Aunt Mavis and the orphans are delightful. Several of the characters in town add warmth and humor. And there was a great sense of community as the town pulls together in a time of crisis.
A sweet inspirational romance with themes of forgiveness, restitution, redemption, and compassion and care for orphans and the sick. You'll enjoy this historical romance set in the west.
*Thanks to CelebrateLit for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid or required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*
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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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