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A Different Kind of Fire by Suanne Schafer
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, history

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Reading Progress

September 4, 2017 – Shelved
September 4, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
November 12, 2018 – Started Reading
November 16, 2018 – Shelved as: fiction
November 16, 2018 – Shelved as: history
November 16, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Luanne Castle Ruby Schmidt is an earthy woman of rural 19th century Texas who knows how to ride, shoot, slop hogs, and doctor injured cowhands, as well as mend, cook, can, and garden. But she is also a talented and motivated artist who is not satisfied with resigning her art to stolen moments between the unending and exhausting chores of ranch life. A small legacy from her grandmother lends Ruby freedom of choice whether to pursue an artistic career or marry her childhood sweetheart, a rancher who cannot live other than on and of the land. Begging his patience, Ruby travels to Philadelphia to attend art school. The demands and lure of the artist’s life are at odds with the romantic appeals of the rancher. To add to the complexity of the story and of Ruby’s self, she has an affair with a woman lover she meets in the city. The painful decisions and hardships that Ruby faces because she is a woman artist remind the reader that Ruby could not gain her identity as an artist and a fully-loving woman without great loss. The plot is tightly woven, and the suspense taut and compelling. A Different Kind of Fire is one of the most well-written novels I have read in a long time. Ruby’s story stays with one long after the last page has been turned.

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