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Ruby & Roland

by Faith Sullivan

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Ruby & Roland by Faith Sullivan
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2019
    256 pages
    Genre: Romance

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From the author of Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse and The Cape Ann comes a new tale of resilient womanhood in Harvester, Minnesota.

Growing up in early twentieth-century Illinois, Ruby Drake is a happy child. But one winter's night, her beloved parents perish in an accident―and suddenly Ruby finds herself penniless and nearly alone in the world. Her new path eventually takes her to Harvester, where she is lucky enough to find work on the welcoming Schoonover farm. Kind Emma, forward-thinking Henry, and their hired men―ambitious Dennis and reserved Jake―soon become a second family to the orphaned teenager.

At a historical moment when young women are expected to be focused on courtship and marriage, the industrious, bright Ruby searches for opportunities to expand her horizons at every step. Mastering her responsibilities on the farm. Learning to smoke cigarettes. Borrowing books from the local lending library, reading devotedly and expansively: mythology, romance, poetry. And falling in love with her married neighbor, Roland: "the most beautiful man―maybe in the world." But when Ruby is asked to care for Roland's wife in the wake of tragedy, she is torn between duty and passion, between what has been her lot and what could be.

Jane Eyre set in Faith Sullivan's "reliably inviting world" (Wall Street Journal), Ruby & Roland is a story of relationships―friendship, romance, and the families we are born with and create―and of one woman's journey of selfhood on the prairie.

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"Fans of Jane Eyre will adore the intelligent, brazen Ruby whose combination of pragmatism and besottedness is winningly sympathetic. Replete with agrarian nostalgia and crisp prose, Sullivan's quiet tale is a wonderful, arresting meditation on sacrifice." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The joyful sense of community within this love story offers a charming and refreshing escape from the modern world." - Kirkus Reviews

"Unforgettable...The path [Ruby] chooses is unpredictable, unconventional, and fiercely her own. Fans of Sullivan's Harvester novels and resilient female characters will find much to love here." - Booklist

"Strong women, great sex scenes, and beautiful writing. Welcome back to Harvester, Minnesota! I love this book." - Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members

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Faith Sullivan

Faith Sullivan is the author of many novels, including Gardenias, The Cape Ann, What a Woman Must Do, and, most recently, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse. A "demon gardener, flea marketer, and feeder of birds," she is also an indefatigable champion of literary culture and her fellow writers, and has visited with hundreds of book clubs. Born and raised in southern Minnesota, she spent twenty-some years in New York and Los Angeles, but now lives in Minneapolis with her husband.

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