Healing of the Heart by Loree Lough
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Ruby McCoy-Lundgren’s first clue that her life was a lie was when she and her mother, Cordelia, were visited by her father’s lawyer. His visits weren’t all that unusual; he came the first of every month like clockwork, after all. What was unusual was it was the end of the month and he was obviously very nervous. Ruby is stunned to hear that the Papa she knew as loving but stern had been hung in Baltimore for robbing a bank and killing four people in the process. She is even more stunned to receive the word that she, not her mother, has been left in charge of his considerable estate – ill-gotten gains from a life spent robbing and killing others.
Ruby decides to undertake what her mother calls, “The Healing Hearts tour”, dropping her father’s last name and visiting towns he and his gang had decimated in their greed, and repairing or replacing any damage she could using the money he left to her. On the final leg of her journey, Ruby and company roll into Fairplay, Colorado intent on making amends. She begins by purchasing the derelict Gerard Estate and gently giving away as much as she can to others who have need. She looks for whatever she can do to make life better for the citizens of the town – establishing and donating books for a library, digging a landfill, razing and rebuilding buildings that her father burned. No matter what good she does, though, she still feels unworthy of true friendship.
Suspicious of the newcomers to his town, Sheriff Rex Truett can’t believe that anyone would throw their money around like Ruby McCoy is doing without getting anything in return. What’s in it for her? The more he watches Ruby in action, the deeper his heart falls for her. Can he convince her to make Fairplay her LAST stop? Will he WANT to convince her when he learns the secret she’s keeping?
I really loved this story! Ruby has such a gift for seeing needs and acting on them. She amazed me often. I also felt for her as she carried the guilt of her father’s actions on her shoulders even though none of that guilt was hers. There were enough giggles as I read to keep this from getting too heavy. A sample of my favorite quotes is this one from Ruby, “Lord, if the day ever comes when Mama doesn’t embarrass me all the way to my toes, I’ll know I’ve joined you in paradise!”
Romance readers will enjoy Ruby and Rex’s story and readers who enjoy some history in their books will also enjoy this. I’ve read Loree Lough’s books before, mostly in the Love Inspired line, so I knew her writing style is one I enjoy. I definitely recommend this.
I received a copy of this book through bookfun.org and the opinions expressed are my own, freely given.
Rated G: I didn’t see any worries here.
Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher via bookfun.org. Thank you!