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A New Dakotah Territory Saga From Bestselling Author Lauraine Snelling!
Book 1 of Dakotah Treasures. Author Lauraine Snelling once again takes readers west to the untamed land of Dakota Territory, introducing new characters both unique and appealing. Ruby Torvald and her young sister, Opal, have received an inheritance from their long-lost father who left home years ago to
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Hardcover, 285 pages
Published 2003 by Bethany House
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
I stopped reading at chapter 9. Not thrilled with my first Lauraine Snelling book. Also, that building on the cover? Yeah, it's a brothel. Lovely, right? *sarcasm* So even to chapter 9 there's a lot of mentions of what goes on, "working girls", gambling, saloons, drinking, staring at a girl to see if she could work, etc. Not happy. Not happy at all.
Sverre
== An audacious woman’s life in Little Misery ==

It is 1882 and Ruby Torvald, 20, and her sister Opal, 9, have been living a charmed life in upper class New York City. Their mother died when giving birth to Opal and their grandmother raised them until her death. Their father Per took off, following the “go west young man” ethos, leaving his children with the well-to-do Brandon’s where Ruby was made useful working herself up to become governess of their four young children. The Torvald girls felt
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Abby
I should say "half" read. I gave it to stars because I hope this book got better later on. I love this author but I found this book to inappropriate and dull for me. It had a sweet beginning like first chapter but went off from there. Saloon? "Working girls"? Drinking? Romance? Please NO!
Shoujo85
** This is just a QUICK REVIEW of my thoughts on the book **

I read this several years ago now, but I remember I wasn't impressed with it. It was fairly preachy, largely boring and the main character was sanctimonious and un-interesting. (I'd actually forgotten I'd read it until I brought it home from the library and read the blurb and skimmed through it.)

I'm not saying you shouldn't read it; just that I've ready MANY Christian Fiction books which are a lot more enjoyable than this one.

Is there a
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Delaney
Lauraine Snelling is the author of the book, Ruby. It is the first book in the Dakota Treasures Series. The book mainly takes place in a town called Dakota and in New York in the 1880’s. The main characters are Ruby and her sister Opal.
Ruby and Opal's mom died while giving birth to Opal. After her death their dad left them in New York to live with their grandmother and he went to live in and a town called Dakota. The two girls never heard from their dad until Ruby was 20 years old and their gr
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Kathryn
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Rebecca
I wanted so bad to like this. But in the end, I couldn't even finish it. I felt like some exposition was greatly needed in the beginning of the novel. Perhaps I'm just dense and can't read, but I had no idea that Ruby and her sister had Norwegian ties. They kept using words like far and mor, and when I first read them, I thought they were typos. If it was presented in the book, I missed it until well into the story. I found some of the language to be confusing. There were awkward sentences for e ...more
Bonnigene Cloud
I really enjoyed this great story. It seemed to give a great glance into the life of a single woman who had to survive on her own in the late 1800s. It also did a good job of showing the ups and downs of the sisterhood that a group of women could have when the join together to complement the talents of one another.

In this story Ruby and her sister Opal were already surviving in a difficult situation after losing their grandmother. The two sisters had found a wonderful home in which Ruby could wo
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Maki
From descriptions I'd read, I was expecting this to be a Christian Frontier romance story.

It wasn't. I was pleasantly surprised.

The main focus of the story is on Ruby trying to keep the Dove House running. The rest of the book is spent describing the differences between the "civilized" world back east, and the frontier. There's very little Christian message being shoved down your throat...just a bit at the ending, really. And even then, it's not laid on as thick as some other books I've read.

Com
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Patsy Chastang
This is the first book about the Dakotak series. Ruby Torvald is the oldest, 20, then Opal, 9 years old, in 1882 travelling by train to see their father before he passes away. He is leaving them an inheritance but they have to travel to Dakota to receive it, they expect it to be gold and they will be rich but is surprised they when arrive.

I have read several series by Lauraine Snelling, all were very good Christian books. I know these will be just as good, she is a great author and storyteller,
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Teena Stewart
Book Review of Ruby, Dakota Treasures by Lorraine Snelling
Ruby’s had to be grown up ever since her mom died when Ruby was just a girl and Ruby has not only been in charge of the care of her little sister but has been a Nanny to several other children. When she receives word her father is dying out west, she and her little sister Opal, venture west to Little Missouri (also called Little Misery by its residents.) They arrive just in time for her father’s death. He bequeaths the only asset he had,
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Aspen
I must say, I didn't not finish this book. It disturbed me too much to finish.
Things I didn't like:
This book was not clean. The main characters' father owns a seriously rambunctious salon. Like, bars maids practically sell their bodies to the drunk men. Not what I call enjoyable! When I read a Christian fiction book, I just kinda expect it to be clean! Call me crazy!
Side note: At first, I thought Bethany House publishers meant that the books would be clean. Fyi that is not true!
Rosa Cline
This series of books starts out slow but once you are hooked you are hooked. They are very good. Ruby starts out kind of slow so is 'okay to good' but you need to read it to understand the rest of the series. It's a western theme which just adds to the storyline. A girl inherites a saloon, that goes against everything she belives in. So she relies upon her Faith to transform the saloon into an establishment that brings out the 'bad' and opens the door for 'good' in a community that is only used ...more
Rosa Cline
This series of books starts out slow but once you are hooked you are hooked. They are very good. Ruby starts out kind of slow so is 'okay to good' but you need to read it to understand the rest of the series. It's a western theme which just adds to the storyline. A girl inherites a saloon, that goes against everything she belives in. So she relies upon her Faith to transform the saloon into an establishment that brings out the 'bad' and opens the door for 'good' in a community that is only used ...more
Molly Cline
This series of books starts out slow but once you are hooked you are hooked. They are very good. Ruby starts out kind of slow so is 'okay to good' but you need to read it to understand the rest of the series. It's a western theme which just adds to the storyline. A girl inherites a saloon, that goes against everything she belives in. So she relies upon her Faith to transform the saloon into an establishment that brings out the 'bad' and opens the door for 'good' in a community that is only used ...more
Joan
This western novel is a Christian, and clean one which I sometimes shun because of poor writing, but this one was worth the read and I found myself wanting to see what situations each chapter revealed. Maybe not exactly a page turner, but almost. The story is about a young lady and her little sister who, upon their father's dying wishes, travel to South Dakota to see their long lost father and get their inheritance. Upon arriving, the home that they inherit is not what they had anticipated, and ...more
Rachel
Parts of this story line were a hard sell. First, it seems a bit of a stretch that these girls would really set off for the wild blue yonder with no more information than they had. Would she not have found a chaperone, or at least left her younger sister in a safer place until she could return? Secondly, Ruby seems impossibly naive about the situation she finds herself in. Really? She doesn't have a clue what business her father was involved in? And she's willing to believe he was married, etc? ...more
Paula
I really liked this historical novel. I thought the author did a great job at putting the reader in the setting of the novel. I plan to read more by Lauraine Snelling.
Karen
I enjoyed this book very much because it was interesting to see how Ruby persuaded the others in the business to stay on and help change things. I liked Opal better than Ruby. I didn’t understand why Ruby did not pray more in this Christian fiction book than she did when she kept running into so many problems and challenges. It seemed she just complained a lot, yelled a lot and bossed people around, expecting Charlie to take care of everything. If you like historical fiction, I would recommend t ...more
Carol Mcgrath
A very interesting story.

Two young girls get a letter from their dying father asking them to come to him in Little Missouri, because he is dying. He owned a saloon with gambling and a brothel. When his daughters arrived he told Ruby, his oldest daughter,to take care of the girls. She inherited the saloon and the girls. She made many changes and was faced with many problems. She kept looking for the money her father told her he was leaving. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the endi
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I enjoyed it. I just got the 2nd in the series in order to find out what happens to everyone.
Liz
This is a Christian fiction book set in Dakota territory near the turn of the century. I enjoyed the way the Christianity theme played out. There were prayers, doubts, and trying to remember to read the Bible during times of hardship and when the days were long. Bible versus were used, but mostly to remind Ruby of what she was doing in Dove House and what her role was to her little sister and the 'girls' of Dove house. I enjoyed the interplay between all the characters and loved how the legacy o ...more
Nicole
Ruby has been in charge of rearing her younger sister Opal for several years. Living in New York with a kind family, Ruby has had a steady job and a safe life. However when she finally receives a note from her father, she packs up their life and gets on the train to head out west. When they arrive at the barely there settlement, Ruby is horrified to find her father running a brothel. To make matters worse, he passes away just moments after seeing her and he has left this atrocity to her and her ...more
Chandra
AUTHOR: LORRAINE SNELLING is a Romance, Historical, Fiction author

SETTING: 19th century, American west settlement

CENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTERS: Her mother had died. She and her sister were left in the hands of a caring well to do family. Now after many years her father, whom she never knew was alive or dead, has sent for she and her sister to leave New York and to go to a Western settlement to collect their inheritance.
CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: No central male character. However, a host of supporting
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Kathy Schultz
I don't think there is a need to summerize the plot; others have already done so. When I first picked this book to read I didn't realize this was a Christian writer. I usually don't choose to read "Christian" novels. At first it wasn't preachy. Ruby struggled with finding answers to why life was so hard for her. I just found the author's answer rather simplistic...God loves us all and a quote of John 3:16. No meat here. If I had been struggling with wanting to know why there is suffering I certa ...more
Mindi
I happened to see this book on the shelf in our local Swedish shop and it caught my attention. I always loved pioneer books as a young girl and teeneager, growing up with Little House on the Prairie and Laural Ingalls Wilder shaped me in some ways, I think. I wish I had been alive during that time. Anyway, this book caught my eye and it was just exactly what I needed for a stress free read. Now I'm hooked and am working on Opal, which is book 3 in this series. I love Amazon.com - I paid full pri ...more
Carrie Daws
This is a hard review for me because I have so many mixed feelings about the book. I'm not certain this review will be much help to anyone.

I read the entire book, I didn't mind picking it up when I had a little free time, but I can't say I ever rushed through a chore to be able to get to it.

I liked the main character, Ruby, well enough, and could identify or sympathize with her throughout much of the book. But, like many of us, even when she recognized part of her problems, she failed to do any
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Liza
The only reason I gave this book two stars is because I finished it. I wanted to know what happened, even if by 60% of the way through I'd decided that Ruby was a sanctimonious b!tch who had a very tenuous grasp of reality. I really, really didn't like her.

I admit that I didn't realize this was a Christian novel before I started it. Normally I can tolerate some light soul-searching for the greater good, but the constant whining about not reading the bible really had me feeling like Ruby was jus
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Erin
Book 1 of Dakotah Treasures. Author Lauraine Snelling once again takes readers west to the untamed land of Dakota Territory, introducing new characters both unique and appealing. Ruby Torvald and her young sister, Opal, have received an inheritance from their long-lost father who left home years ago to seek his fortune in the Black Hills. When they leave their comfortable situation in Chicago and arrive at the mining town of Medora to claim their inheritance, the sisters discover that rather tha ...more
Christy
I don't really know what to say about Ruby. Have you ever read a book that you weren't quite sure why; but you didn't like it. I would see this book peering at me from across the room waiting to be finished. Readers I will have to say I dreaded this read and can't quite pin-point why. I do however like Lauraine Snelling as a author. When I read her "An Untamed Land" I thought it was wonderful; it's a favorite; but I almost felt like someone else had written this book. I probably will not read th ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 01, 2015 08:13PM  
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Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over seventy books, with sales of more than 2 million copies.

She also writes for a wide range of magazines, and helps others reach their writing dreams by teaching at writers’ conferences across the country.

Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Basset named Winston.

They love to tra
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Other Books in the Series

Dakotah Treasures (4 books)
  • Pearl (Dakotah Treasures, #2)
  • Opal (Dakotah Treasures, #3)
  • Amethyst (Dakotah Treasures, #4)
Pearl (Dakotah Treasures, #2) An Untamed Land (Red River of the North, #1) A Promise for Ellie (Daughters of Blessing, #1) Opal (Dakotah Treasures, #3) Amethyst (Dakotah Treasures, #4)

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“you see something new, or at least you see it in a different way. I’ve heard people say this land haunts you, and I’ve begun to believe it.” “Well, it must be a pretty well-kept secret, when you think how few people live here.” “Look over there. What’s that?” Just as Opal asked, they heard a whistle. “Prairie dogs, small ground-dwelling mammals. They live in colonies—people call them prairie-dog towns. That whistle was the lookout telling the others that danger is near and to hide back in their burrows. If we had time to sit here and not move, they’d pop out of their holes again. They eat grasses and seeds, so they make their area pretty barren. You try running a horse through a prairie-dog town and, sure enough, he’ll step in a hole and break a leg. You got to be careful about things like that.” “I hope I can come back here sometime,” Opal said, all the while gazing at the place the prairie dog had disappeared from. Ruby could hear Opal’s unspoken wish for soon. If only horses weren’t so expensive to both buy and feed. If Opal had a horse, she would have a friend indeed.” 0 likes
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