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

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

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...

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

  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)

    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

    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 make her whole.” Yet before the sun sets on her first day in Ruby City she had been robbed, wed to the wrong man, and held hostage. Although she didn’t envision her new life like this, she immediately began building relationships with the townsfolk while she awaited her annulment. During this time, readers get a glimpse of a woman who lavishes kindness on everyone regardless of their station. I especially enjoyed her friendships with Cornelia and Ulysses.

    Despite her aversion to lawmen, Rebecca and Tad are thrust together via multiple attempts to apprehend the Gang of Four. This is a good thing for readers, because these two have chemistry from the outset! Between the miners, outlaws, and dashing deputy, this story has a vibe that #Hearties (and fans of the Western) will adore!

    I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required of me. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • 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,

    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, when he picked up Rebecca from the stagecoach. Oops!

    Delightful humor ensues, as well as some heartfelt moments and stolen glances filled with longing. Because, you see, that “you may now kiss your bride” kiss was a doozy! And Tad and Rebecca aren’t quite recovered from it yet. Between the sparks that kick up in the air whenever those two are together, the way Theodore needs a good purse whomping, and the suspense revolving around the notorious Gang of Four who keep causing trouble …. this is a completely entertaining read on every level.

    Bottom Line: Kisses, humor, great characters, a sweet and suspenseful plot (in turn), a hunky deputy, and a strong heroine. My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho has it all – and does it all well. With new novella or novel that I read by Susanne Dietze, she continues to be at the top of my list for historical romance. Read this latest one and you’ll see why!

    (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)

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  • Rebecca

    "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

    "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 a cruel twist of mistaken identities, Rebecca marries Theo's cousin Thaddeus; the town deputy who could never be accused of spending even two ordinary days in a row, especially when the notorious "Gang of Four" has been spotted on the outskirts of town .

    Waiting impatiently for an annulment, Thad and Rebecca; the town's most famous "married-but-not-married" couple, do their best to avoid confrontation, leaving room for this predictably unpredictable conundrum to come full circle. Susanne Dietze has added a delightful story to the "My Heart Belongs" series.

    The author provided me with an advance copy of this book. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

  • Hannah

    4.5 stars

    Clean, fun Western...full review coming in April.

  • 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

    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 Rebecca, I loved Thad, Theodore I grew to love, and I really enjoyed the secondary characters throughout. Rebecca finds herself on the way to Ruby City, Idaho as a mail order bride. Her previous circumstances have left her struggling to survive and she feels that she is being led by God as she has communicated and agreed to marry Theodore Fordham.

    Mishap occurs before she arrives and she finds the stagecoach she is riding in being held up by the nefarious Gang of Four. She is robbed of her money and several belongings but arrives with no harm in Ruby City. As she steps off the stagecoach into this mining town Mr. Fordham runs to greet her and assure her he is glad she has come. There is an instant connection between the two and they head in to be married by the Justice of the Peace.

    Little side story for you here...My grandfather served in the military during WWII. He and my grandma had been dating for a while and knew they would marry eventually but waited while he was at training camp. He came home on leave planning to go visit a cousin in Reno, NV with my grandma and a couple other cousins. As they were leaving my great grandma called out to them, "Now don't you two go getting yourselves married." As they arrived in Reno, my grandfather's cousins dared them to get married. So they went and woke up the Justice of the Peace, were married and the Justice said, "That'll be $5 please." I've always loved that story(there's a little more to it than that) and had it running through my head while reading most of this novel, probably because the Justice of the Peace kept showing up throughout.

    Emotions are running high and in all the rush and excitement to be married, one small detail is overlooked. It's pretty humorous how the author works it into the story so I'll let you read that, but Rebecca finds herself to be Mrs. Thaddeus Fordham and not Mrs. Theodore Fordham. Oh it's all a lovely and silly mixup but can't be changed until the circuit judge comes through....in a month.

    What ensues is a lovely, witty, sometimes frustrating story of growth and change in these character's lives. Rebecca wants safety and security, never needing to scrounge for a meal or living concerns again and she knows Theodore, the local mercantile owner, can provide that. Thaddeus, cousin to Theodore, is a deputy and that is big trouble for Rebecca. She lived with a father who was Sheriff and knows all too well the dangers involved. No Thank You!!!! And yet danger abounds in this little mining city and Rebecca finds herself close to the heart of the matter.

    Two men, one heart, danger, love, forgiveness, understanding, healing, old flames, hunger, fellow citizens, constant peril, all combine to make quite a fun and intriguing read. I thought I had several aspects figured out only to be wrong about it. Of course I'm sure you will be able to figure out the love story when you start reading it, but I will admit there were a couple times that I wasn't sure who she would choose...Thaddeus, the man she's married to, or Theodore the man she promised her heart and life to.

    Content: Clean. It's been a week since I've finished the book and writing this review but from what I remember it was clean. As stated earlier, this is a Christian fiction and the characters reference God throughout as well as praying for guidance.

    I received a copy from the Publisher, Barbour Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

    Happy Reading!!!

  • Regina

    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

    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 to Ruby City as a mail order bride to Theodore Fordham. As she comes in on the stage, it is ambushed. When she finally arrives in town, the action and fun really happens! Rebecca and her 'husband'/'fiance' have a lot to overcome in a month. Who will be her true husband in the end?

    Disclosure statement

    I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

  • Karen

    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

    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 outside of town. If that wasn't hard enough, she somehow ends up marrying the wrong man once she steps off the stage! Things have a way of working out, as she realizes that God may have another reason for her being there, and that His plan may be a whole lot better than she thinks. "He setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains." Psalm 68:6 KJV

    It was inspiring to see Rebecca rise to the need of the people around her, overcoming her fears and insecurities, growing in faith, hope, trust, and eventually love. She has a big heart, showing grace and compassion to the "least of these", though sometimes she seems a bit misguided. The romantic entanglement is a complicated one, but boy does it sizzle finally--totally worth the wait!

    Recommend to readers who enjoy historical Christian romances! Fans of Mary Connealy, Margaret Brownley, Karen Witemeyer, and Erica Vetsch will probably love this one. 4.5 stars

    (An e-copy was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)

  • Maureen Timerman

    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

    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 annulment on the horizon.

    We all are quick to judge, and these people are no exception, but underneath are loving hearts, and Rebecca finds some that are about to become life long friends. Who couldn’t blame Corny not liking this pretty woman coming in to marry the man she seems to have her heart set on, so she acted like a scorned woman.

    We have quite an assortment of characters in this small town, and your heart will go out to some of them, wish we could continue here, there are a lot more stories.

    An enjoyable read from beginning to end and fun read, and one that will fly quickly as you page turn.

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour Books, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Amy

    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

    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 husband more than her fiancé? Do they continue to try a legal way to end the marriage?

    Yep, this story was right up my alley and the author filled theirs and the town’s conversations with some fun and witty banter. I could have told Rebecca from the start she got the right guy when it all came down to it, but then there would have been no story. The author really brought this small mining town to life with a whole host of characters and to top it all off she threw in a renegade band of thieves who were progressively getting more dangerous; and drop in the ex-love interest of both cousins and you have the makings of a great story. This was Wild West fun with heart.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. The views and opinions expressed are my own.

  • Deanne Patterson

    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

    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. Both men with very similar names were waiting for mail order brides with very similar names so this is how the mistake was made. After the marriage took place an annulment could not take place because the circuit preacher wouldn't be back in town for some time. Does she stay married to Tad or does the annulment take place and she marries Ted? I suggest you read this gem to find out for yourself.

    I have really enjoyed every book in the My Heart Belongs series that I've read and this was no exception. What a humorous writing style Susanne Dietze has, I just love it. I can't wait to read more by her!

    Pub Date 01 May 2017

    Thank yo to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.


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