A Virtuous Ruby by Piper Huguley

A Virtuous Ruby by Piper Huguley

A Virtuous Ruby by Piper Huguley

After fifteen months of hiding from the shame of bearing an illegitimate child, two words drive Ruby Bledsoe to face the good citizens of Winslow, Georgia. Never again. She vows to speak out against injustice. For her sisters. For her parents. For her infant son, Solomon.

When she comes to help an injured mill worker, she bristles when a tall, handsome man claiming to be a doctor brushes her aside. Despite his arrogance, Ruby senses he’s someone like her, whose light skin doesn’t quite hide who he is.

Up north, Dr. Adam Morson easily kept his mixed race a secret. Now that he’s in Georgia, summoned by his white father, he can feel restrictions closing in around him.

Something powerful draws him to the beauty whose activist spirit is as fiery as her name. And soon, Adam wants nothing more than to take Ruby and her child far from Georgia’s toxic prejudice. But Ruby must choose between seeking her own happiness and staying to fight for the soul of her hometown.

First, let me start with the cover! I absolutely LOVE it. It is simple, sophisticated, and it makes me want to know the woman’s story. She has a strong neck and she is holding her head up high so I assume her story is going to be one of resilience. And, I was not disappointed. A Virtuous Ruby was a book that took me back in time but still somehow seemed relevant to today.

“Sure. I’ve lived alone all my life, one foot in the Negro world, where I was too light to fit in and then a white world no one knows who I really am.”

This book is historical fiction and is set when being of mixed race was not as acceptable as it is today. Dr. Morson, who is biracial, relocates from up north and meets the town “troublemaker” aka Ruby. Ruby has a child out of wedlock and speaks up against the injustice and inequality that is happening in their community. Dr. Morson does not fully identify with either of his racial makeup, but once he starts to spend more time with Ruby his mindset shifts and we see him embrace who he truly is.

Ruby is strong yet quite vulnerable which made her very relatable. The writing has many layers as it seemed to perfectly capture the feel, environment and racial climate of the south in 1915. There is a romance but important societal issues such as equal pay, sexual assault, and violence toward a group of people simply based on their skin color were the main takeaways. This was my first time reading a book by Huguley, but it definitely won’t be my last as I look forward to reading the next book in the series!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of A Virtuous Ruby in exchange for an honest review.


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