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Twenty-year-old Ruby Torvald gave up long ago on hearing from her father. Then in 1882, RUBY (4) is called to his deathbed in Dakotah Territory, where an inheritance awaits her. She assumes Dove House is a hotel, but is appalled to discover a saloon and brothel plopped in the middle of a beautiful, untamed land. "Take care of the girls" is her father's dying request. Oh, Lord, how? She trusts God to help her transform the saloon into a hoteland soiled doves into cooks and waitresseshoping to win the respect of the townsfolk. Now if only that arrogant, skeptical rancher would stop annoying her with his attractive presence. In Ruby, Lauraine Snelling creates a memorable character with courage, determination and honor. (Aug., 320 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed By: Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Published: August 2003