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Ruby (Dakotah Treasures Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Lauraine Snelling
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A New Dakotah Territory Saga From Bestselling Author Lauraine Snelling!

Book 1 of Dakotah Treasures. Author Lauraine Snelling once again takes readers west to the untamed land of Dakota Territory, introducing new characters both unique and appealing. Ruby Torvald and her young sister, Opal, have received an inheritance from their long-lost father who left home years ago to seek his fortune in the Black Hills. When they leave their comfortable situation in Chicago and arrive at the mining town of Medora to claim their inheritance, the sisters discover that rather than the legacy of gold they expected, their father has left them a shocking bequest. Ruby's bold determination in the face of scandal leads the reader on a journey both heartwarming and inspiring.

About the Author

Lauraine Snelling, an award-winning author of fifty-plus books with sales of over 2 million copies, also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764222228
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (Aug. 1 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P3QQVC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,214 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Survival despite disappointment. May 20 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The author has given us a beautiful story that proves that it is possible to succeed in this life even if faced with insurmountable problems. Ruby and her young sister, Opal, left a very comfortable lifestyle and moved to Little Missouri after receiving a letter from their estranged father asking them to come and get their inheritance. Shortly after their arrival their dad died. The inheritance? I won't spoil it for you, but it brought with it shock and plenty of problems. However, regardless what others thought, Ruby would not back down from a challenge and there were plenty of them. Determined to change things around and keep her promise to her father, Ruby left no stone unturned. In the midst of it all, she almost lost her faith. She no longer read her Bible or prayed. She even questioned whether God loved her or heard her prayers? However, she discovered that He was there all the time and when she finally turned to Him, things began to change. It's a beautiful story of survival in the midst of difficult times and the possibility of lives being changed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An audacious woman's life in Little Misery July 26 2013
By Sverre Svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER
It is 1882 and Ruby Torvald, 20, and her sister Opal, 9, have been living a charmed life in upper class New York City. Their mother died when giving birth to Opal and their grandmother raised them until her death. Their father Per took off, following the “go west young man” ethos, leaving his children with the well-to-do Brandon’s where Ruby was made useful working herself up to become governess of their four young children. The Torvald girls felt loved, appreciated and secure with the Brandon’s ; they were all like one happy family.

There has been scant news from per Torvald and Ruby feels he has neglected his daughters. Then one day arrives his letter, from an obscure outpost called Little Missouri, Dakota Territory. He begs forgiveness for his neglect and says he is at death’s door. He encloses railroad tickets and bids them come so he can see them before his passing. He refers to an inheritance that awaits them. Ruby remembers the closeness she had with her dad while growing up and she yearns to see him while he still draws breath. Soon she boards the train with her little sister, being bound for Little Missouri.

It turns out that Little Missouri—also called Little Misery—is a tiny settlement hardly bearing any of the graces she is used to from New York. When she asks for directions to Dove House, her father’s hotel, she is met with hostility by the womenfolk. She soon discovers that Dove House is a den of intemperate, brawling, raucous and lascivious mortals. Ruby reunites with her father on his deathbed. Her inheritance consists of Dove House, some money and a treasure concealed on the premises. But, to complicate matters, she has a competitor, her father's sweetheart, Belle, a bawdy, overbearing woman who is intent on maintaining her position as heir-apparent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one! Aug. 17 2003
Nobody weaves a story of American pioneers like Lauraine Snelling. Readers will find no pious, folded-hand telling between these covers. The very prim and very naive Ruby ends up on the unsettled Dakotah frontier to claim her mysterious inheritance, which turns out to be a disreputable establishment-- Dove House-- along with a collection of soiled doves. Ruby's first impulse is to hightail it back to New York, but a deathbed promise seals her fate.
Great characters, a rich setting and a rollicking, page-turning plot all insure this will be another winner. I can't wait for the second book in the series.
--Wendy Lawton author of Ransom's Mark, Courage to Run, and others in The Daughters of the Faith series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting beginning.....a promising series April 21 2004
Ruby has gone West to see her dying father and to claim her inheritance only to find that a huge surprise and disappointment await her and her little 9 yr. old sister. She cannot even call Little Missouri a town or civilization, but that is just the beginning. Bridging the gap from New York to the wild Dakotas may take more than she has inside her. Snelling does a great job building the setting for the characters for this and future books. I am already reading book two, "Pearl" which hopefully will build on book one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ruby Sept. 4 2003
By Patt
I'm an avid reader of anything about the Old West, but I had never read anything by Lauraine Snelling. WHAT A FIND! I was completely transported each time I picked this book up. It didn't matter if I was taking a break, sitting in a busy doctor's waiting room, or waiting to pick up kids at school, I was immediately transported to Dove House with Ruby and "her girls". Then I'd look up and sadly realize I was back in the present day. Even if you're not into the Old West, Ruby is an excellent read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you feel like you are there. Aug. 28 2003
By A Customer
Being a North Dakota native this book brings back a feeling of home. The descriptions of the badlands are wonderful. The main character, Ruby, is a strong independent woman who you find your self feeling for, laughing with and cheering on. This book is worth picking up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ruby March 3 2004
By A Customer
This is a book that kepts you very involved the story. This book is one that I will read again and have already shared with others to read. I would like to know the names of the other two that is in this series.
Merle Hardee
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sisterly live May 14 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the bond between Ruby and her little sister Opal. Ruby stood up for her beliefs in spite of the struggles she went through brought on by her inheritance from her father. I was surprised by the ending.
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