Title: Dear Ruth
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 52 Pages
Category: Holiday Romance, Contemporary
At a Glance: I loved Dear Ruth from start to finish, and loved the ending. It fit perfectly with the tone and theme of the story, and was just right.
Reviewed By: Jenn
Blurb: Dear Ruth,
I’m not in the mood for Christmas. After a romantic relationship went up in flames, I returned to my hometown in rural Kansas. Then my mother passed away. I’m really busy with my job as fire marshal—and now with my mother’s advice column, which I reluctantly took over. There’s a sexy newcomer down the street, a guy with a young daughter and an unfortunate disregard for fire safety. He seems to want to be friends, but that creates problems that may be too hot for me to handle. The last things I need right now are flammable holiday decorations and too much holiday food. How am I supposed to give good advice to others when I can’t seem to get my own life straight?
—Bah Humbug in Bailey Springs
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.”
Review: Dear Ruth is lovely story of moving on from loss, and finding there’s still beauty in the world.
Fire Marshal Bryce finds himself a bit adrift after his mother passes away, unsure of his place in his home town and life. He’s helped by a longtime friend of the family to take over his mother’s newspaper column, Dear Ruth. I really identified with his character and loved the dedication to his work as he would stop mid-conversation to ask about chimney care, or if something was fire safe.
His introduction to Noah, the cute new neighbour, was so appropriate to Bryce I was laughing with joy. The interspersed letters to Ruth really made the plot come alive, and I like to believe some directions from his mother on how to move on and start living his life. The tension was wonderful as we saw Noah try to subtly put himself out there, and Bryce remain oblivious.
It was a slow burn with a beautiful discovery helped along by Bryce’s job, naturally. I loved it from start to finish, and loved the ending. It fit perfectly with the tone and theme of the story, and was just right.
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