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Ruby (Dakotah Treasures #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  3,562 ratings  ·  190 reviews
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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Published (first published August 1st 2003)
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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.
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!
** 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
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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== 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
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
Maki (of To - Ra - Ba)
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.

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.
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Recommends it for: Sonseeahray Thayer
I enjoyed it. I just got the 2nd in the series in order to find out what happens to everyone.
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
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
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 - 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
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
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
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
An older sister and her younger sister go out west where they have never been to their father and their inheritance~ they had no idea what they would be getting into!
The Dove House isn't at all what Ruby expects and when her father dies within the first night or two of the girls being there she is lost and confused and scared for their future and 'the girls' at Dove House as she promised to her father that she would take care of.
Ruby goes through tests and trials of her faith and standing on the
Beka P
Mar 09, 2010 Beka P rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
" My dearest daughters,
I must beg your forgiveness for the long time between letters, I am sure youmust have thought I passed on from this world, but life here in the West has been a myriad of experiences, and not all of them good. I attempted gold mining, with some small success, and finally parlayed that into a legacy that I can pass on to my two treasures. While I had hoped to be able to send for you before now, the sad news is that I am dying. I have enclosed tickets for the two of you to
Cindy Smith
This book started off very enjoyable with a strong plot and relate able characters. Somewhere along the way, it lost it's Christian overtones, never bringing the main character back to her strong belief in the Lord's ways. There were a few other plot twists that weren't resolved at the end of the book and that left me hanging. After such a great start, the ending was a let down.
When twenty year old Ruby and her younger sister travel from New York to the Dakotas in 1882 to be reunited with their father, they enter a life as different as imaginable from the one they left behind. Their dying father extracts from Ruby a promise to "take care of the girls," and Ruby's life is never the same.
This is one book I wish had continued the story a little longer.
I liked this quite a bit. (Let's call it 3.5 stars.) The writing was solid, the characters very interesting and I liked getting to know them. I like the time period, and it totally scratched my frontier itch. The religion fit well with the times, I never felt preached to, and I respected the characters.

I did have some quibbles, though - I know this is book one of a series, but hi, could you maybe have finished Ruby's story in her own book? From reading other reviews, I know who Ruby married, bu
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
Oct 25, 2012 Julia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ebook
I liked the book in general, but there were bits that bothered me.

- The plot was too predictable.

- The pacing was fine in most places, but some bits I felt just dragged on and on. I think it's because some parts were very repetitive and it slowed the narrative down. Yes, I already got it that Rand Harrison is thinking of getting married. No need to tell me five more times. Same goes for Ruby wondering when the last time was when she read the Bible.

- Some of the characters were a bit two-dimensio
I'm not a huge fan of Christian Fiction in the first place, but wow was the heroine in this one a sanctimonious bore. I liked the plot idea, but the execution of it left me thinking that the book could have been so good, but instead it was soooo bad.
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
Ruby Torvald recieves a letter from her father begging her to come west and see him before he dies. Unable to refuse his request she obeys his request and comes west with her sister Opal.

But when she arrives she discovers that nothing is what she expected it to be. Her father ran a questionalbe buisness called the Dove House with "spoiled doves."

She promised to take care of the girls before her father's death, but it's turning out to be nearly impossible.

Rand is not happy with Ruby's plan of cha
"Dakota Treasures"is the third series from Lauraine Snelling that I've started to read, I love her other books and was excited to read this book. I liked this book a lot. I noticed that this book didn't get very many good ratings on Goodreads, Amazon, etc... but I liked it. I thought it was a very creative plot and it was fun seeing the "girls" change throughout the story. I'm excited to read the rest of the series.
Ruby gets more than she bargained for when she and her sister go out west. Her father sends her train tickets with word he is dieing and to come get their inheritance. When she reaches Little Missouri, Dakota Territory, her inheritance turns out to be way different than anything she expected.

I really like Lauraine Snelling's writing and felt her characters were believable and well developed. I enjoyed the camaraderie and support between the "girls"as well as with Charlie. I was disappointed in t
Ann A.
Jul 26, 2013 Ann A. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 13+
Shelves: ttr-2013
What was the point of this book? I mean, really? It wasn't particularly exciting or adventurous or romantic or...anything. (view spoiler) Ugh. It's disappointing.

However, I do like Laur
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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.

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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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