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My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca’s Plight

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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Is it possible to marry the wrong man? Rebecca Rice was looking forward to a quiet life and a full stomach by becoming mail-order bride to her shopkeeper intended, Mr. Fordham—until the justice of the peace calls him Thaddeus, not Theodore, proceeded by the title Deputy. Rebecca would never marry a lawman like her father, so an annulment seems in order—and fast, since Rebe ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Barbour Books
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Deanne Patterson
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
After corresponding with a man named Theodore, she agrees to be his mail order bride. She is looking for security and not having to worry where her next meal is coming from. On the stagecoach to meet her intended it is robbed and some of her possessions are taken. A Mr. Fordham meets her as she arrives in town and marries her within an hour of her arrival. Only after her marriage does she realize she married the wrong man. She married Thaddeus Fordham,who is the cousin of Mr Theodore Fordham. Bo ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Y’all, I’m still grinning like a fool and all a’swoon over this latest novel from Susanne Dietze! I adore her humor and the way she crafts characters and romantic tension.

And boy there’s a lot of delicious tension in My Heart Belongs In Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca’s Plight! For starters, mail-order bride Rebecca Rice just married Thaddeus “Tad” Fordham. The problem? She’s actually supposed to marry Tad’s estranged cousin, Theodore Fordham. And Tad was looking for his intended bride, Rebekah Rhys,
Julie Carpenter
I am really enjoying this new "My Heart Belongs" series. This is the third book in the series and so far it looks like there are 6 that will be released this year. One every other month starting back in January. If you enjoy historical fiction and Christian fiction I recommend checking these out. Some have more talk about God than others but out of the three that I have read (all different authors) I thought they were well done.

I will say that this one is my favorite of the first three. I loved
Amanda Geaney
Make room in your beach bag for Susanne Dietze’s latest release, My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho. Although I usually shy away from love triangles, the accidental nature of Rebecca, Tad, and Theodore’s marriage mix-up combined well with the overall playful and lighthearted tenor of the story. Due to Dietze’s tight plotting and quick pacing, this is a book which can easily be enjoyed in a sitting or two.

Rebecca Rice ventured to the Idaho Territory for Theodore and for herself, “so God could m
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Susanne Dietze's book My Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca's Plight is a delightful read that will satisfy your reading pleasure! It is like whipped cream on a sunde! Sweet and dreamy!

This book had me chuckling because of the crazy mix-up in names, the action with the Gang, I loved the town of Ruby City and all of the characters, and the ruggedness of Idaho. I loved everything about this book!! My Heart Belongs in Ruby City kept me riveted to the pages. It was a very good story!

Rebecca came
Karen R
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story, a real western romance, full of colorful characters, action, adventure and tangled relationships! The plot was interesting and moved quickly, with never a dull moment.

Set right after the Civil War, Idaho Territory in 1866 was a rough place to move to, but Rebecca is desperate and thinks she has found a solution to her difficult situation, so risks it all and takes a stagecoach to Ruby City all the way from Missouri. Only things get rough when the stage gets robbed just outsid
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had me at the synopsis and it was a really fun read. You had a very testy, if not a bit humorous situation where a mix up of names causes a mail order bride to marry the wrong groom. Not only is that a problem, but her husband-to-be is his cousin. This makes for a difficult time for Rebecca as her now husband is a deputy and this mix up is putting the safe and secure life she has dreamed and hungered for on a very long hold. What’s a girl to do when she actually starts liking her husba ...more
Maureen Timerman
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Loved the concept of this book right from the beginning, a mix-up of names and a quick mail order bride marriage. Um only to discover the wrong cousin married the wrong Rebecca, to funny, talk about not knowing one another before getting married.
We are in a Ruby City, Idaho, an old West mining town, and I had a feeling by the end of the book it would no longer exist, but have no fear, the next town was only a mile away, although it took hours to get there, at least it seemed to when there was an
A.M. Heath
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What I Loved: From start to finish this book had captivated me. I ran across Dietze before through some of the novella collections I had read in the past, and her writing stood out to me. Not only was I thrilled to get my hands on her full-length novel, but I found it to be all that I had expected from her. I found characters that I enjoyed spending time with, as well as a charming supporting cast.
I read the entire book in two days and laughed the whole way through. It was the perfect light-hear
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
"There is no protocol for this . . . . . situation I find myself in."

"This situation" involves marrying the wrong man when she thought she was marrying the right man . . . . or something like that. Rebecca Rice has traveled days to reach the silver mining town of Ruby City, Idaho where her intended is the proprietor of the local mercantile; having corresponded for quite some time with her mail order groom and deciding that Theodore Fordham can provide her with a sensible, predictable future. In
extraordinary ordinary whimsy
You know those books that suck you right in from the beginning? That’s My Heart Belongs in Ruby, City, Idaho. Susanne Dietze has a way with her characters and dialogue that makes the pages just fly by and leaves you wishing you too could visit Ruby City, Idaho too.

Favorite Lines:
“It’s better to assume people’s antics have nothing to do with you unless you have the facts, or you’ll be shouldering the weight of the world.” (Pg. 91)

“Rebecca couldn’t fix a single one of those hurts, but she could
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca's Plight, written by Susanne Dietze, is the first full-length novel I've read by this author.

What a delightful read! Dietze took me on the road trip with a Mail Order Bride going to Idaho...the development of the characters, the decriptions of Ruby City, the emotions that ran high...they kept me turning those pages! My favorite characters were Rebecca and Tad. Rebecca was kind, always thinking of others, dependable, trustworthy and sweet.,
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m still amused by the fun loving story Dietze created in My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho. Rebecca’s Plight was not what she anticipated when she arrived in Ruby City after the stage coach was robbed. Marrying quickly upon her arrival only to discover she married her intended groom’s cousin who was a deputy, Thaddeus instead of Theodore Fordham. Tad and Ted were at odds any way and this only complicated the matter. The humor, history, unexpected twists and turns to who the Gang of Four was ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I discovered Susanne Dietze's writing with her first novel, The Reluctant Guardian, and decided here was an author I wanted to follow. She writes with skill and infuses depth into her characters and their plights. I was pulled in at the beginning of this book. It is a wonderful story and one I'm sure readers will enjoy fully.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher via Net Galley. My opinions are my own.
Melissa Henderson
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mistaken identity causes all sorts of problems in this novel about a mail-order bride and unforeseen circumstances. Will she find true love? The decisions made by each character are interesting and surprising at times. Very good story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a super sweet wonderful western romance!! So enjoyable!
Rebekah Tooley
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I really enjoyed this book! It was a nice change of what I had been reading and I would definitely recommend!
ASC Book Reviews
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a great read! I really enjoyed this one. It was entertaining and had some good twists! ;) It was a little more drawn out than I would have personally liked it to be, but the both funny and amazing scenes more than made up for it. Rebecca is such a cool character, and I feel she shows true Christian love in her actions. I LOVED Tad! He is so sweet! The whole situation is unique and entertaining as they learn about their mistake and how to deal with it among thieves and a band of hilarious ch ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was so fun to read! It was very clear to me, even from the beginning, which man should hold Rebecca’s heart. Sometimes it was hard for me to watch Rebecca flounder and allow worry to grab hold of her. She allowed that fear to keep her from seeing and grasping hold what God was giving her. Reading this book over the fourth of July was really nice and ended up tying in with the story covering the same time of year. That was fun! Rebecca’s was a journey from fear to faith, learning where ...more
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I'd never read anything by this author before, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I have to say the story was a bit unique, and definitely kept me engaged with it, but something felt off with it, to the point where I couldn't justify giving it a 4 star rating.

Rebecca and Tad were both impulsive characters that shouldn't have suited each other, but did in a very roundabout way. Their marriage was definitely one filled with confusion, but I felt that it was all rather manufa
Kerry Johnson
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun, sweet read from a new favorite historical author.

My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho starts out with an accidental marriage and ends with a sigh-filled HEA skillfully written with heart and humor.

Using snappy dialogue, realistic main and (hilarious) secondary characters, and a plot that's tight and action-packed, author Suzanne Dietze sweeps readers up in a romantic romp of a read that will appeal to historical romance fans.

What a great way to kick off my summer reading!
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The premise for this story is such fun and so creative, as is the setting in Idaho in the old west. The characters are so carefully crafted that I could envision them clearly and felt I knew them. I enjoyed Rebecca’s take-charge attitude and the way she looked at her problems and solved them the best way she knew how. The delightful humor and plot twists and turns added to my enjoyment of the story. I will definitely be looking forward to more stories from Susanne Dietze.

I received a copy of thi
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the premise of this book. A mail-order bride marrying the wrong man. At first I was chuckling about their situation, then I started feeling sympathy. This was such a good story. It had a lot in there about overcoming fears and being true to who you are. I loved how everything turned out in the end. I would really recommend this book.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca's Plight has action right from the beginning. From a hair-raising stagecoach hold-up to a case of mistaken identity, you won't be disappointed by this entertaining, light-hearted adventure!

I really enjoyed reading Rebecca's story. This is the second book in the "My Heart Belongs" collection and a delightful addition. Susanne Dietz has taken on the topic of a Mail-order bride, and breathed new life into this story premise. I have read (and enjoyed) several stories of mail-order brides, bu
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca's Plight is a great addition to the My Heart Belongs series. I thought it was fun and sweet with some suspense.
Looking forward to more by this author in the figure.
5 stars
Dana Kamstra
May 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reviews
My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca’s Plight is a novel that at its core is a fun light-headed comedy of sorts. The situation that Rebecca Rice finds herself is at times both amusing and complicated.

Early on in the story, I enjoyed it. I loved the plot of this book. Rebecca steps off the stage coach in Ruby City, and through some misunderstandings, accidently marries the wrong man. The novel is set up for a lot of fun in the pages. However, for me, the book became a bit tedious. There
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This book is a sweet and simple romance that made for a nice read. It's a classic marriage mix up situation with a few twists that I found kept it interesting and original. The setting was wonderfully described and I felt that the characters in the town were made memorable, although some seemed a bit underdeveloped and shallow.

I enjoyed that this book had some suspense and adventure in it, it's definitely a page turner! I started reading it and didn't stop until I got to the end. The book had a
Connie Saunders
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stories about mail-order brides are always enjoyable to me but this book may be the best one yet! Rebecca Rice is determined to never be alone or go hungry ever again and traveling to Ruby City, Idaho to marry a businessman named Theodore Fordham is her way to achieve this goal. She just didn't count on her stagecoach being robbed and she sure didn't dream that she would marry another Mr. Fordham by mistake. And to make matters worse, her new husband Thaddeus "Tad" Fordham is Theodore's cousin a ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho by author Susanna Dietze was a great find for this reader. This historical Christian romance is a 256 page paperback published by Barbour. It is has twists, turns, adventure, inspiration, humor, and much more to capture your attention and not release it until the last page.

This is the tale of mail order bride Rebecca Rice and her husband to be, Theodore (or so she thinks). The setting is the Idaho Territory in 1866, just after the Civil War. Rebecca sets off
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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's an award-winning, RITA®-nominated author who's seen her work on the Publisher's Weekly and ECPA Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch w ...more

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