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Ruby (Dakotah Treasures #1)

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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
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.
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
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!
== 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
Jan 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: quick-review
** 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
Sheila Holmes
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's funny to me (read strange) how I read this novel the entire way through and never realized it was written by an author I enjoy very much and have read a number of her works.

I flipped back and forth throughout the entire story from "I like this" to "I really like this", back to "I like this." I'm not sure if it was the story or me.

I found myself stressed during the majority of the story, with the plot centering around the late 1800s Western growth, in this case, Dakota Territories, because i
This book reminded me of old western fiction I enjoyed when I was younger. The premise here is of a twenty old lady, Ruby who looks after her little precocious sister Opal in New York whilst waiting on word from her father. One day she receives a letter to come to Little Missouri to see her dying father. When she gets there, life becomes more than she bargained for.

I’ll be honest, this novel is more of a slower pace and quite unexpected topic given it is a Christian novel. It isn’t of the typic
Randy Tramp
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ruby Torvald and her sister, Opal have received an inheritance from their long-lost father who left the family years prior to seeking his fortune in the Black Hills.

They leave Chicago and arrive at the mining town of Medora to claim their inheritance. Ruby is shocked at what their father has left them.

I enjoy a strong protagonist, and Ruby didn’t disappoint. Under opposition, she pressed into the unknown.

I got a small taste of life in early America. The lawlessness, the rawness, and the humannes
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 shrew 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
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Bonnigene Cloud
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Oct 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
I was firstly attracted to this book by the very pretty looking girl on the cover, and that should've warned me right there.
Assuming you've read the synopsis above, I will just go straight into my review.
Ruby is your typical Christian young woman in the 1800s. Wise, Patient, Sweet, Kind, Tender, excetera. And that's fine! Nothing wrong with it at all! But I just didn't like how often the author made Ruby talk too kindly in arguments and bantering. She didn't feel REAL to me; she never raised her
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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,
**✿❀ 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.

Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
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!
Courtney Clark
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This one is special because it was my first venture into "grown-up" Christian Fiction. I can still remember specifically where I got it -- shopping with my mom. Having since reread this entire series, I can say it is a great example of western romance with likable characters and connected story arcs in each book.
Mar 12, 2014 added it
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.
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
May 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was so dumb it was funny - which is the only reason I finished it. The idea that a sheltered young woman of 20 could take over a brothel and turn it into a respectable hotel with the management skills of a Fortune 500 CEO is a stretch. So convenient that one of the prostitutes is a great cook and one is a great seamstress and neither one minds giving up their former life to work like dogs to start the hotel.

When the main cowboy love interest said to himself,"She sure is a pretty littl
Carrie Pearson
Somehow read it all the way through

Around chapter 9 or so I almost stopped reading this book. I looked up the reviews and saw that a lot of people either loved or didn’t finish it/had a hard time getting through it. I really enjoyed the Blessing series by this author so I kept going. It wasn’t terrible but not sure I see myself reading it again. The ending was rather abrupt, probably to keep the story going for the next book. Warning one character gets raped near the end. I saw in another that i
Patty Herrington
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Touch tale of sibling love with trials and sorrow.
Alice LaJuett
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The characters and the storyline of this one is riveting! I did not want to quit until I had finished.
Carolyn Tye
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked it alot. I just hate that there were some loose ends.
Molly Cline
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-1
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 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ruby Torvald and her young sister Opal have been living a good and sheltered life in New York. Their mother died many years ago, and they've had no contact with their father since he left them with a grandmother and moved west. Then Ruby receives a letter from her father - he is very ill and near death, but wants her and Opal to come to him in the Dakota territory so he can see them and they can claim their inheritance. The two travel out into unfamiliar territory, and do get to see their father ...more
Teena Stewart
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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,
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
When your father leaves for the west and then sends you a letter requesting your presence because he is on his deathbed, a girl has to go, especially since she wants to see him before he dies. However when Ruby and Opal arrive, all is not as it appears. What exactly is Dove House, and who exactly are "the girls" Ruby promised her father to protect?

I enjoyed this book, but was annoyed with some of the characters. Belle was one of them... I don't get her... She wants Dove House, and she hates Rub
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
The general story is Ruby and her sister Pearl are living with extended family back east but then lose their grandmother and Ruby hires out as household help, bringing her sister with her. Their mother having died, father having left to seek his fortune out west, they eventually receive a letter from their ailing father that he is dying and they should come to collect the legacy he is leaving them.

Ruby and Pearl head west and discover, to their shock and dismay, that their father's legacy is a b
Carrie Daws
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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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“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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