Isn’t it nice when you try something new and really like it? That happened to me recently with an author I had never read. “My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho, Rebecca’s Plight” by author Susanne Dietze was a great find for this reader. This historical Christian romance is a 256 page paperback published by Barbour. It is has twists, turns, adventure, inspiration, humor, and much more to capture your attention and not release it until the last page.
This is the tale of mail order bride Rebecca Rice and her husband to be, Theodore (or so she thinks). The setting is the Idaho Territory in 1866, just after the Civil War. Rebecca sets off to marry shopkeeper, Theodore, and ends up marrying Lawman Thaddeus (Tad). The real shopkeeper wants his mail order bride. The chemistry between Rebecca and Tad builds. She begins to question her plans versus God’s plans for her. It is a wonderfully told story that you will enjoy immensely.
Author Dietze is new to me as this is the first book of hers I have read. Her writing style is very good. The storyline was well thought, planned, and researched. I had no trouble following it and it definitely held my interest. The author’s main and secondary characters were well rounded right down to their faults and colorful personalities. I felt like I had made some new friends with some while others not so much. The conversations and dialogue flowed smoothly and never seemed choppy. Best of all the author added inspirational messages on topics that are relevant today such as dealing with lacking or wavering faith and trust in God, helping others, showing not just receiving grace, resilience, and withstanding tough times. There are twists, adventure, romance, history, suspense, humor, and inspiration. This book has it all.
This would be a great book for anyone that enjoys Christian romantic fiction, historical or Westerns. I would definitely recommend it. Having it read in a reading group or by few friends would be good. I wanted to discuss it with someone. It was nice to get lost in this page turning novel. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21 ESV