Having a mother with a past is never easy. For Ruthie Conoboy it becomes the struggle of a lifetime in 1900, the year Tobias Mortlock arrives in the gold mining town of Bodie, California. Ruthie is suspicious of this stranger, but her trusting father gives him a job in the stamp mill. Soon, Ruthie suspects that her mother and Mortlock have become more than friends. Can Ruthie stop this man from destroying her family?
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So, so much more than "Generic Romance Novel"
engrossing, researched, solid
"Agency" is a new buzzword but please forgive me, it's the only word I can think of right now! Ruthie makes her own decisions, acknowledging what she sees as safe and what she thinks of as inappropriate THEN SHE ACTS! I think books with one young woman on the cover can look "romance novel" by default. I don't enjoy those where women, even lead characters, sit around and wait for things to happen to them. That isn't Ruthie and the author did a great job of letting her character act...but not stupidly. Making just any decision would jump the shark and I was pleased that her character was consistently logical and clever as well as emotional.
Also, the author wove mining into the story with great detail but I never felt we were being told as padding, or filler. It worked.
Ruthie helps her mom with a bath and and you can just HEAR how she wants to be a good daughter and comforting, but her more adult sensibilities are wondering if her mom is being overly dramatic about "dying in this town." It was a good, pioneer-spirit sort of feeling when a teen version Ruthie would have told her 2017 mom to quit being a drama llama.
I would like to say here that I thought the narration and pacing were good throughout the book, but I felt the reader didn't find the right tone for the mother's voice. It was an odd pitch, drawn out, and more of a caricature than other people. I did like the stuff she did in the more masculine vocals.
How deep would you go to find the truth about your family?
I was asked to review this work honestly and received a promotional copy for that purpose. My statements here reflect my honest critique of this audiobook.
- Ian B
An Engaging Story
- Laura Hernandez