Review: A Virtuous Ruby
A VIRTUOUS RUBY - Piper Huguley
Samhain Publishing
July 2015
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: A VIRTUOUS RUBY is set in in the small Southern town of Winslow, Georgia, in 1915. This setting is key to the conflict, theme, plot and storyline of this novel written by Piper Huguley. The early 20th Century, post-slavery, post-Civil War period brings with it a new form of discriminatory practices that the Black populace must deal with in order to survive. This is the world of the heroine, Ruby Bledsoe, an outspoken, ostracized, unwed mother of a child of rape. Ruby and her family, parents and three younger female siblings, help to comprise the Black population of Winslow that is named after the Caucasian family who is the founder and owner of the town.

The story line encompasses a number of powerful topics: discrimination, misogyny, workplace health and safety, rape, miscegenation, just to name a few.  The author successfully weaves all of them into one theme that can be put into today’s vernacular, “Black Lives Matter”. Ruby is the champion of this theme as she refuses to be silent and take a back seat to the injustices suffered by the Black people of Winslow at the hands of the White power structure. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Huguley does a masterful job in portraying the heroine as a small town feisty, troubled, misunderstood young woman who is ahead of her time. The hero, Dr. Adam Morson, a bit of an enigma, and a victim of his own birthright, comes face to face with his Caucasian father and benefactor, the Black community of Winslow, and his decision to ‘pass’ while a medical student up North. Before Ruby and Adam can forge a future together, they must each deal with their complicated past and present situations. As you might imagine, the side characters are memorable and numerous. From the Bledsoe family members, to the villainous Rev. Dodge, they help to solidify the story line.

Piper Huguley has scripted a well-written story that presents the reader with a balance of heart-warming scenarios and harsh realities of that era.
A VIRTUOUS RUBY, the first of a series (Migrations of the Heart) is a great historical romance that captures the reader from the opening sentence to the end. I highly recommend it, and I look forward to reading the next story in the series.

2nd August 2015 |