“Have you ever read something and had the feeling that maybe you had read it before, but couldn't remember the story for sure? That is how I felt while reading this book.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Fairly good story but rather slow moving.”Janielha wrote this review Tuesday, October 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was an good book, I love that God is the focal point.”Hannah N wrote this review Tuesday, July 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Have you ever read something and had the feeling that maybe you had read it before, but couldn't remember the story for sure? That is how I felt while reading this book. ”Colleen F wrote this review Tuesday, April 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“On my Kindle”Sue K wrote this review Thursday, January 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“324p 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.”Jo Notary wrote this review Thursday, January 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kentucky Reader said: 4 stars
On the day Opal Torvald was born, her mother died. Nine years later, in 1882, Opal and her sister Ruby, now 20, live with Ruby's employer, the Brandon family in New York. In the intervening years, their father, Per Torvald, had gone to seek his fortune in the Black Hills, leaving his infant daughter and young Ruby with their grandmother. Grandmother had lovingly cared for them until her death, which came before Opal was old enough to remember her. Even then, Per never returned for his children, but he did write them occasionally. Opal dreams of someday meeting the father Ruby adores and makes real for Opal through her many stories of the happy times before their mother died and he left.
Even though the Brandons treat Ruby and Opal like family, and Mrs. Brandon is the closest to a mother Opal has ever known, they leave immediately when Per sends two train tickets and writes that he's dying and wants to give them their inheritance. Ruby fears they won't arrive in time for her to see her father one last time and for Opal to talk to him just once. The trip west is unpleasant and their arrival is far beyond unpleasant. Little Missouri, where there father lives, isn't civilized enough to properly call a town and is so wretched that most call it Little Misery. The inheritance is beyond the imagination of a genteel young woman, but Ruby and Opal must stay to fulfill a final promise Ruby makes to her father, even though she doesn't quite understand the promise. There's also a mystery regarding whether the girls have received their full inheritance, or if someone is hiding something of value.
This was actually a page-turner for me. The characters were brought to life for me, not just Ruby and Opal but others they meet, and I had to know what would happen to them. ”
“Love the book and can't wait to read the next in the series.”Justbethere wrote this review Tuesday, May 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book 1, Christian fiction. She and he brother travel West because her father left her a gld legacy. They get there and that's not quite what he left. ”Kathi wrote this review Thursday, May 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Entertaining, give you a look into the past and how difficult things were. This was a good book.”Robster88 wrote this review Sunday, April 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
““Ruby Torvald sets out on a daunting journey with her young sister, Opal, to hopefully see their long-lost father once more and claim the promised inheritance. But instead of the treasure they expected, the sisters discover something most shocking.” (book back)
I have always liked Lauraine Snelling’s books. This one was no exception. I love how easily the pages flow and how you want to just keep reading every time you pick it up. The character of Ruby felt a lot like me in that she could get so wrapped up in the day-to-day and the worries and stresses of the day-to-day that she overlooks some of the good. For good or bad, I tend to do that as well. This made her character more human to me. I felt like the book ended a little flat, however, I am planning on reading the next 3 in the series and I hope that it will pick up some of the things this one left off.
All in all, if you are looking for a good, easy read, this is a good book for you!”