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A Virtuous Ruby

(Migrations of the Heart #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  39 reviews
An unexpected love in a small, Southern town.

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 bristle
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Samhain Publishing
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The first book I ever read by Piper Huguley was THE LAWYER'S LUCK, and even though it was a little rough, I loved seeing this perspective on the Civil War, and liked all the excellent points the author made (through her characters) about what it meant to be Black or biracial in the South in the 1800s. VIRTUOUS RUBY seemed to be another book along those lines and, like TLL, it's a historical romance, so I was really excited to read it, as
Sherwood Smith
Piper Huguley writes with enormous talent and passion, creating vivid characters who change--or cling to what they know, in fear of what may happen--in believable and absorbing fashion. Even the minor characters take on personality and purpose in this historical novel set in a small town in the south in 1915, wherein people with pale skin as a result of black and white parents can look white, but they know if they dare to pass for white the law will hammer them. If a lynch mob doesn't get to the ...more
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A Virtuous Ruby is a historical romance set in rural Georgia dated around 1915. The story focuses on Ruby, a very fair skinned, young black woman who finds herself the mother of a baby born out of wedlock.The child is the result of a sexual assault by the son of the man with whom the town is named after.
Ruby is looked down upon for her predicament by all of the towns people as a reckless troublemaker who brought it on herself. However, Rub
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
My review for A Virtuous Ruby by Piper Huguley will be featured on Romancing the Book Blog February 5, 2016. Look for it by following this link: ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Virtuous Ruby is a book that has a striking cover and an equally striking story. When I started to read this book, I couldn't put it down. It covers so many things  - love, betrayal, shame, pride, strength, acceptance, and forgiveness. The characters feel organic, beautifully fleshed out and formed from their life's circumstances such as race and skin color, environment, and social standing. As I read A Virtuous Ruby, I found myself holding my breath on some scenes and pondering how I would ha ...more
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This book has a good story to tell and at first as I read it I was thoroughly intrigued. Ruby and Adam I could see their attraction and I liked the way the author slowly brought them together. She introduced us to a close family ann the Town of Winslow some people I liked more that others. Ruby wanted better conditions for the black people in Winslow so much so that she risked her own life and the lives of her family but I understood it , many great leaders did the same
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
An emotionally gutting story, dynamite historical detail without bogging down in minutia. The way the author juxtaposes joy amidst tragedy is a wonder to behold and what she does with the villain of the piece (Ruby's attacker) is incredibly interesting. Really though, the whole book is incredibly interesting. Probably the most perfect romance I've read that screams "book club read!"
K.J. Charles
This was really interesting. African-American protags, both mixed race, the Southern heroine determined to identify as black despite light skin and the hero used to passing as white in the North. The historical detail is powerful to the point of crunching: the sheer awfulness and injustice of the time threatens to overwhelm everything at points. However, the heroine is fabulously and realistically strong and determined, and the doctor hero is lovely.

This is a Christian inspirational, so there's
Molly O'keefe
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series is remarkable. The time-period alone is completely fascinating. These are inspirational romances - not my usual cup of tea, but it all blends so seamlessly. If you are interested in a different historical time periods and riveting, nuanced conflict - here it is.
Camille Maio
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming story about love - romantic, parental, and familial, amid continuing prejudices and turmoil. I really felt the emotions and the setting of the characters and was fully engaged in their struggles. And I appreciated that faith was a recurring theme.
Romancing the Book
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Julie
Book provided by the author for review
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

A Virtuous Ruby is the story of the courageous and big hearted Ruby Bledsoe, a woman wronged, who is determined to make things right for her people in the southern town of Winslow, Georgia. She wants to start up a local chapter of the NAACP to better the lives of the mill workers, but her work is threatened by fear, racism, and her own dark secrets.

When Dr Adam Morson arrives in town, it is with the so
Tiffany Reads
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 on
Kate Sherwood

I really wanted to like this, and I think I might have, absent the romance. But the romance felt strangely tacked on - insta-lust, the doctor insinuated into Ruby's family almost instantly, etc. I was much more interested by Ruby's story than by the doctor's, so... the romance wasn't great, for me.

And I'm not sure I saw the strong writing other people are noticing. The pronouns could be confusing... like:

"Mags was too young to get married, she had insisted. She needed to finish high school by
1. Confused about what I feel for this book. There's a lot in here that's very interesting but it's also a very aggressively Christian book where characters affirm their faith in God every few pages and that makes it very much not my thing. I really can't be trusted to objectively rate this one.

2. But- it's a deliberate fuck you to the central thesis of Tess of the Uberviles, if that has an influence on your opinion. It certainly did on mine.
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heart-wrenching story, so emotional and deep.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thoughtful and emotional and immersive. Piper Huguley is doing excellent historical work here.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Writing decent but not stellar. Setting and historical impact really good—shedding light on rarely-heard-of injustices in the South 100 years ago.
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3.5 stars
The CurvyJones
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This weekend, I sequestered myself near a babbling brook with some lunch, a bottle of iced tea and this gorgeous novel by Piper Huguley. Thoroughly. Enjoyed.

I first discovered Piper by complete accident via twitter. I found her Milford College Historical Romance series and devoured them, so I was overjoyed to learn that she'd be writing a new series, Migrations of the Heart. The first in this series is A Virtuous Ruby, about a headstrong young woman in Winslow, Georgia who chooses to live as a
Book Gannet
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book takes the historical setting of US Georgia, 1915, and breathes so much life and heart into a difficult, troubled time. Ruby is an extraordinary character: a woman who has known pain, grief and guilt and yet refuses to be cowed by the bitter cruelties of her time. Born to a comparatively wealthy, independent farming family, she sees the suffering of the workers at the town’s mill and strives to get better pay and rights for the black members of her community. Being light-skinned herself ...more
Cheryl Mcneil
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my first read by the Author but it won’t be my last. The book centers on Ruby Bledsoe, her family and Dr. Adam Morson. Ruby has unfortunately been shamed because she had a child out of wedlock. There is so much more the reader learns about the situation throughout the book. Ruby is so brave and I looked up to her, I felt for her and I was truly rooting for her in the many difficult situations she and her family encountered. I felt many times that the situations were so unfair, however, ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such an emotional read. My heart feels bruised, achingly tender now that I'm in recovery mode. This is a somber story, but a hope-filled one as well.

Ruby is an incredible heroine -- such a mix of contradictions. She's poised and regal and proud. Intelligent and determined to improve her circumstances. But she's also stubborn and defiant. Just ask Adam. He's learned the hard way and, honestly, in a battle of wills, he doesn't stand a chance. There's great dynamics between these two -- set apart
Erin Tanner
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Uplifting.
These are all words I would use to describe this wonderful and inspiring that Piper Huguley has brought to life. Ruby Bledsoe is more than a survivor. Ruby is a warrior. Her never give up spirit, her drive to seek better for not only herself, her son and her people make her a truly remarkable woman. Adam Morson is a man trapped between worlds looking to find himself and where he belongs. When he comes to Winslow he is unprepared for the hurricane that is Ruby
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance, rwa
This one was a little tough for me to rate. The premise is early 20th century rural American south where free blacks are living a life that's anything but free. Our heroine Ruby is headstrong, but beaten down after hiding from society the past year for her "shame" of a baby born out of wedlock (for which she was assaulted--it was not consensual). The author touches on many complexities of the era along with divisions within African-American society about light-skinned blacks who can pass for whi ...more
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: featured-books, star
A Virtuous Ruby I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review from Samhain. First off I thought this book had a beautiful cover. Great cover art is always a win in my book so pluses for that. Second, A Virtuous Ruby is emotional, its gripping and its adventurous. The fear and the worry are real and they have genuine connections to history. Ruby is a character you can really empathize with as she struggles to learn her way through the politics surrounding her world and the journey th ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first discovered Piper Huguley when I read "The Preachers Promise", book one of the Home to Milford College series. I had not previously read books written in this era and did not expect to enjoy it. I finished all three books in that series and waited in great anticipation for this first installment of The Migrations of the Heart series. "A Virtuous Ruby" did not disappoint. Ms. Huguley delivered a powerful story filled with emotion and adventure. The story tells of a young girl living in Geo ...more
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Ok, so this is an "African American Historical Christian Romance" book. That's quite a niche. I like the historical aspects of it and I LOVE that it deals with skin color and passing--that subject will always fascinate me. But it was a little young for my taste and I actually thought maybe I was reading a YA novel. Also, I didn't really pick up any new nuggets of history here. I like when these books bring in factual situations and characters to enhance their story, but this was very contained. ...more
Laurie Winter
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Piper Huguley's A Virtuous Ruby is a book I'll never forget. Through the horrid racism of the South in the early 1900s, love did bloom. This book is the love story of Ruby and Adam.
Ruby has a heart-wrenching history. She's a fighter and after hiding from the community for a year, she'd ready to take on the world. When she meets Adam, she fights her attraction to the handsome doctor. She has work to do in the community and he does not understand the realities of her life. Through his unwavering s
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers, diverse romance lovers
As a person who loved a non-fiction book, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, about the Great Migration, I was thrilled to hear about a new fictional series dealing with the challenges of that era. Piper Huguley delivers a book exploring a number of issues facing African Americans in the South of 1915. Ruby is a heroine set on a mission. Maybe more than one thanks to what life has dealt her and who's been put in her path. With a combination of history, faith and romance, Huguley knows ...more
Cynthia Hill
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Virtuous Ruby reminded me a lot of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Not in the storyline, as they really couldn’t be much more different, despite being during the approximately the same time period, and both being set in the south. It’s more the writing – that slow, languorous way of storytelling that’s almost deceptive because it lulls you into thinking that the characters and plotline are slow, and it doesn’t really hit you until later how much is really happening un ...more
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