Healing of the Heart

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Healing of the Heart
Written by: Loree Lough
Publisher: Whitaker House
Month, Year: November, 2016

A brief summary from Loree Lough:
Ruby McCoy is haunted by her father’s sins…

When Ruby McCoy arrives in Fairplay, her ornate carriage is followed by an entourage who heft steamer trunks, hatboxes, and traveling bags into the hotel…where she has booked the entire second floor. 

Upon her notorious gangster father’s death, the now–wealthy Ruby, hiding under her mother’s maiden name, set out to right her father’s wrongs. Ruby is determined to spend every penny of the inherited “blood money” on those who paid the price for her father’s crimes.

Sheriff Rex Truett doesn’t trust Ruby and doesn’t care who knows it. The keeper of Fairplay’s law and order makes it his business to find out why a stranger—especially a beautiful, spoiled, rich, female stranger—would set up businesses, donate to schools, hire workmen to rebuild houses, and provide access to the best medical care. But when a typhoid epidemic sweeps through the city, he is forced to reconsider.

Will Rex blame Ruby for her father’s sins? Or will he accept the possibility that she is trying to create—and feel—the peace her father stole?

My Thoughts:
When I agreed to review Healing of the Heart I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Knowing this was the 3rd book in a series of an author previously unknown to me, I was in for a wild ride.

I was not disappointed.

When Ruby McCoy’s gangster father passes, he surprises the family by making her the sole heir to his vast stolen fortunes. Indifferent to her mother’s extravagant ideas on how to spend the inheritance, Ruby decides amends must be made to anyone her father ever swindled. Floating from town to town, secretly righting her father’s wrongs, Ruby and her mother find themselves landing in Fairplay, a town that beckons them to stay for good. Staying seems like an even sweeter idea when the local sheriff begins spending more time with Ruby. If only she could open up to the truth on what brought them to Fairplay. But the truth could only bring about more heartache, not the healing Ruby so desperately needs…right?

With a wary beating of his heart, Sheriff Rex Truett welcomes the newest arrivals to his quaint town. While the McCoy’s seem abundantly friendly, and immediately active in the community, warning bells set off in Rex’s mind. Something doesn’t seem right about these lady-folk and he aims to find out what they’re hiding before anything disastrous happens. But when typhoid strikes his town, can Rex find it in his heart to forge past the distrust or will it cost him his heart in the process?

As my first novel by Loree Lough, I am now quite intrigued to read anything and everything she has written after devouring Healing of the Heart. This novel is astoundingly delightful and I heartily recommend you snatch a copy for yourself right away.

I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Whitaker House in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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