And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anaïs Nin

Can a 21st century paramedic find her heart’s desire on the other side of time?From the white-plank fenced pastures of Lexington, Kentucky, to the beautiful Bay of San Francisco, The Ruby Brooch, a saga steeped in family tradition and mystery, follows a young woman’s journey as she searches for the truth on the other side of the heather-scented mist. As the lone survivor of a car crash that killed her parents, paramedic Kit MacKlenna makes a startling discovery that further alters her life. A faded letter and a well-worn journal reveal that she was abandoned as a baby and the only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket that bears a portrait of a nineteenth-century man, and a Celtic brooch with mystical powers.

RHFL Classifications

Time-Slip or Parallel Time

American Frontier

Heat Level: 2

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Review By: Elizabeth English

THE RUBY BROOCH is Historical Romance that starts off in modern day but quickly go back to the Pioneer days in Independence Missouri. Kit MacKlenna makes a life changing discovery after her parents are killed in a crash that has her using an old Celtic Brooch to continue her father’s journey into the past to figure out where she came from. Kit is a strong women with twenty-first century mentality that she carrier over into the nineteenth century. She obviously stands out from the normal subdued and complaint Pioneer Wife. Which quickly catches the attention of Cullen Montgomery, who throws out Shakespeare quotes and can hum any Bach song.

The plot is a little slow to get going, there are a lot of hidden secret that don’t really unfold until the last hundred pages or so, that sometimes had me wishing that there was a bit MORE to go on. It seems like it’s very easy for Kit to loose track of what purpose she has in the nineteenth century. She has a goal but as soon as she hits it she’s almost lost in a love stage with Cullen. Kit often uses twentieth and twenty-first century ideals and technology, which seemed like an easy way out every time she would use them. The historical aspects of the story don’t play that much of a part in the book, save for what it was like on the Oregon Trail and the hardships. It’s mostly the future history that Kit touches upon, often misusing a title, for someone’s future one.

While I seem to have some qualms about the book, it was an enjoyable read. The characters of Kit and Cullen are wonderfully written and both come alive together. They have a natural chemistry that allows them to grow with each other, and be able to use each other. Their romance is sweet, though Kit often reacts boldly for the virgin she is.

**At time of review:  $3.99 Kindle Edition**

About the Reviewer

I have a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of South Carolina, but have not found anything to do with it yet. I’m a full time worker at a retail store. My only escape from the crazy schedule is being able to read all that I want now. I stick mostly to Historical Fiction, especially in the time of the Tudor’s and King Henry VIII. I’m broadening my horizons and going into more historical time periods. I also enjoy writing and watching wrestling when I have the time.


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