Review: A Virtuous Ruby by Piper Huguley

A Virtuous Ruby by Piper Huguley
Series: Migrations of the Heart (# 1)
Release Date: June 14, 2015
Publisher: Samhain
Pages: 256
Source: Book provided by the author for review
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An unexpected love in a small, Southern town.

After fifteen months of hiding from the shame of bearing an illegitimate child, two words drive Ruby Bledsoe to face the good citizens of Winslow, Georgia. Never again. She vows to speak out against injustice. For her sisters. For her parents. For her infant son, Solomon.

When she comes to help an injured mill worker, she bristles when a tall, handsome man claiming to be a doctor brushes her aside. Despite his arrogance, Ruby senses he’s someone like her, whose light skin doesn’t quite hide who he is.

Up north, Dr. Adam Morson easily kept his mixed race a secret. Now that he’s in Georgia, summoned by his white father, he can feel restrictions closing in around him.

Something powerful draws him to the beauty whose activist spirit is as fiery as her name. And soon, Adam wants nothing more than to take Ruby and her child far from Georgia’s toxic prejudice. But Ruby must choose between seeking her own happiness and staying to fight for the soul of her hometown.

Warning: Contains a doctor learning there’s more to healing his patients than stitching a wound, and more to a woman than knowing her place—and it’s not in the shadows with her head down. Sorry, Buckeye fans, this hero’s a Wolverine—but we won’t hold that against him.

 

Review:  A Virtuous Ruby is the story of the courageous and big hearted Ruby Bledsoe, a woman wronged, who is determined to make things right for her people in the southern town of Winslow, Georgia. She wants to start up a local chapter of the NAACP to better the lives of the mill workers, but her work is threatened by fear, racism, and her own dark secrets.

When Dr Adam Morson arrives in town, it is with the sole purpose of touching base with his biological family. He is offered a position in town that would pay nicely and afford the black community an educated and sympathetic doctor.

Adam and Ruby make an instant connection, but their lives are so different, that even with all Adam can offer her, Ruby fights to stay in Winslow and make life better for her family and son. However, things don’t always work out the way we think they should and Ruby will learn she is indeed a special person, with special gifts and is deserving of a better life.

Ruby’s life is filled with conflict, danger, and sorrow, but she stands up in the face of adversity, even when others around her succumb to fear. Adam will learn that his life of privilege has given him opportunities most black men would never have, but he has experienced very few real trials like most black men of this time period. Before all is said and done, Adam will have learned some valuable lessons of his own.

Both characters struggled with internal issues, and while I admired Ruby a great deal, her stubbornness wore thin, and perhaps if she had made a choice sooner some of the events that took place may have had a different outcome. Adam also had his crosses to bear, but I seldom grew frustrated with him and grew to admire him more and more as the story progressed.

But, Ruby’s story is still inspirational, and is realistic, told with truth, but also with grace, especially when dealing with difficult subject matter. Although this story is not placed in the inspirational or Christian fiction category on any of the retail sites, there are a great many references to trust and faith in God and so I felt it should be mentioned that although this book is historical fiction, with romantic elements, and it does will deal with adult subject matter and is not the light or sweet type of tale we think of in inspirational style novels, I still felt like it could fit into the that category, at least to some extent, since Ruby has such strong values.

Overall this is compelling story, very unlike anything you will encounter in historical romance these days, set in a unique time frame, well written and authentic.

 

Julie