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At twelve she stood by her mother's grave on a bleak Yorkshire moor. Life, as the daughter of a Victorian millhand, had never been easy, but now she was mother and housekeeper both to the little family left behind. As one tribulation after another beset her life, so a longing, a determination grew - to venture out into a new world of independence and adventure, and when th At twelve she stood by her mother's grave on a bleak Yorkshire moor. Life, as the daughter of a Victorian millhand, had never been easy, but now she was mother and housekeeper both to the little family left behind. As one tribulation after another beset her life, so a longing, a determination grew - to venture out into a new world of independence and adventure, and when the chance came she seized it. America, even on the brink of civil war, was to offer a challenge that Ruth was ready to accept, and a love, not easy, but glorious and triumphant. A giant of a book - about a woman who gave herself unstintingly - in love, in war, in the embracing of a new life in a vibrant land.


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At twelve she stood by her mother's grave on a bleak Yorkshire moor. Life, as the daughter of a Victorian millhand, had never been easy, but now she was mother and housekeeper both to the little family left behind. As one tribulation after another beset her life, so a longing, a determination grew - to venture out into a new world of independence and adventure, and when th At twelve she stood by her mother's grave on a bleak Yorkshire moor. Life, as the daughter of a Victorian millhand, had never been easy, but now she was mother and housekeeper both to the little family left behind. As one tribulation after another beset her life, so a longing, a determination grew - to venture out into a new world of independence and adventure, and when the chance came she seized it. America, even on the brink of civil war, was to offer a challenge that Ruth was ready to accept, and a love, not easy, but glorious and triumphant. A giant of a book - about a woman who gave herself unstintingly - in love, in war, in the embracing of a new life in a vibrant land.

30 review for Ruth Appleby

  1. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    When she was just twelve years old, Ruth Appleby stood by her mother's grave on a bleak Yorkshire Moors. Now she is mother and housekeeper to the little family left behind. But a longing to venture out into a new world of independence and adventure grew. So when the chance came, she seized it. America, on the brink of Civil War, was to offer a challenge thst Ruth was ready to accept. This book is filled with wonderful characters. There's some good Historical facts and dates. This is a beautiful, When she was just twelve years old, Ruth Appleby stood by her mother's grave on a bleak Yorkshire Moors. Now she is mother and housekeeper to the little family left behind. But a longing to venture out into a new world of independence and adventure grew. So when the chance came, she seized it. America, on the brink of Civil War, was to offer a challenge thst Ruth was ready to accept. This book is filled with wonderful characters. There's some good Historical facts and dates. This is a beautiful, descriptive and lengthy read. There's over 650 pages. It's told from multiple points of view. I was pulled into this story after reading a couple of pages and it held my attention throughout. I would ike to thank #NetGalley, #RandonHouseUK #TransworldPublishers and the author #ElviRhodes for my ARC #RuthAppleby in exchange for an honest revieew.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Geoffery Crescent

    A thoroughly enjoyable slice of american Civil War melodrama. Ruth Appleby has likable characters, an engaging plot and descriptive setting, from the wild Yorkshire moors to the heart of a burgeoning New York. My only quibble was that the author occasionally stepped outside the fiction to tell the reader little historical factoids, like, 'white dresses weren't the fashion until several decades later,' in the middle of one character's wedding or, 'of course, this battle would be lost by the rebel A thoroughly enjoyable slice of american Civil War melodrama. Ruth Appleby has likable characters, an engaging plot and descriptive setting, from the wild Yorkshire moors to the heart of a burgeoning New York. My only quibble was that the author occasionally stepped outside the fiction to tell the reader little historical factoids, like, 'white dresses weren't the fashion until several decades later,' in the middle of one character's wedding or, 'of course, this battle would be lost by the rebels in 1964.' It's an odd move in such an immersive story. Plus, protagonist Ruth should really have ended up marrying the lovely Professor Priestly instead of rich banker Joss Barnet because a) university professors are better than bankers and b) Joss spent half the novel being a terrible cock to Ruth and using her just for sex. Plus Priestly only ever got to confess his love for Ruth to his mother whilst on his death bed and it was TOO SAD and I can't actually take how melodramatic this novel is. It's wonderful.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sue Burton

    Thanks Netgalley and the Publisher. I read this book many years ago and had forgotten how good it was. Great storyline and great characters, thoroughly enjoyed it. This author never fails to impress me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    C Hadfield

    A wonderful story. I have absolutely loved this book. The characters are strong and the social history is amazing. I also enjoyed reading about the civil war from the Northern perspective against another of my favourite books Gone with the Wind.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda Searle

    Great read From the first page you are hooked. Wonderful characters in particular Ruth. Who is totally dedicated to her family. Read this in two days

  6. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Smart

    Interesting narrative arc and characters but let down by multiple and inconsistent Points Of View

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracy McAvoy

    Fab read I first read this book many years ago and reading it a second time it hasn't disappointed. Got totally lost in the pages. Fab read I first read this book many years ago and reading it a second time it hasn't disappointed. Got totally lost in the pages.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Appleby

    I absolutely love this book. I was bought a copy when I was 5 at a boot sail. I couldn't read it till I was about 12 that 8 could understand much of it. I'm so glad I liked the book because it would have been awful if I hated it lol. I absolutely love this book. I was bought a copy when I was 5 at a boot sail. I couldn't read it till I was about 12 that 8 could understand much of it. I'm so glad I liked the book because it would have been awful if I hated it lol.

  9. 4 out of 5

    liz ankers

  10. 5 out of 5

    margaret stewart

  11. 5 out of 5

    patricia Miles

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

  13. 4 out of 5

    maureen johnson

  14. 4 out of 5

    ADA BOWIE

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christian Jay

  16. 5 out of 5

    janet jackson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Norman Bremner

  18. 4 out of 5

    b.moles

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tony McCaffery

  20. 5 out of 5

    blanche rose

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vi Kretzer

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bernie Cotton

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dee

  25. 4 out of 5

    Loraine Kirby

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

  27. 5 out of 5

    MRS R A WILLIAMS

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Helen

  30. 4 out of 5

    jean mackay

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