A Ruby Glows by Kari Trumbo

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About The Book

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Ruby’s heart froze as she threw her dead husband over the cliff. When Beau walks into her life, one glance has her running from her past. He couldn’t want someone like her. It should be easy to avoid his quiet charm. If he can convince her she’s a prize, not prey, he might have a chance. Beau’s captivated when Ruby scrambles from him whenever he gets too close. Her sweetness is an allure he can’t fight.
Can Beau convince Ruby she is beloved?

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Kari Trumbo is an inspirational romance author, blogger and proud home schooling mother to four great kids. She interacts often on reader groups on Facebook and volunteers at the local library when needed. When she isn’t writing, she is obsessively reading and expanding her skills as a wordsmith. Kari lives in her great-grandfather’s remodeled 1890-built home in central Minnesota with her husband, children, cats, and one hungry wood stove.

My Review

"Ruby's heart froze as she threw her dead husband over the cliff." 

This line of the synopsis hooked me. I signed up for the tour wanting to know more--like did she kill her husband? I couldn't wait and in many ways I wasn't disappointed. 

What I Loved:

The plots and subplots kept you guessing and wondering. In fact, the book didn't go in the direction I expected, which is always a plus. My favorite character was Beau. While he doesn't want to get tied down to a wife, he's willing to do anything for Ruby. He's willing to go above and beyond to help her. He's the kind of hero you root for. Ruby is the kind of heroine you feel for.

Kari Trumbo wrote beautiful descriptions of the setting and history without overdoing it. One of my dislikes of historical fiction is when authors get so focused on the history that I feel like the plot takes a back burner to the history details. This didn't happen in A Ruby Glows. 

What I Didn't Like: 

I enjoyed every minute of reading this book, but there were a couple aspects I didn't like. The ending seemed rushed. I struggled to understand how Beau and Ruby got from point A to point B. I'm trying to be careful not to give any spoilers, but I expected more to happen at the end and I felt disappointed when it didn't. 

The dialogue in some places didn't seem consistent. At times, I noticed speech patterns that didn't seem to match the time, but then they'd say something later that seemed right on. Each time this happened, it tugged me out of the story. 

I would give this book a three star review. I liked it, but it wasn't my favorite. It is the fifteenth book in a series, but I didn't feel like I missed anything since I hadn't read the first fourteen. 

I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A review was not required. All opinions are my own. 


Guest Post from Kari Trumbo

Greetings! I hope this isn’t your first introduction to Cutter’s Creek, but if it is, let me explain a bit about it. Cutter’s Creek is a series written by myself and three other Christian authors. Though there are numbers on each book, you don’t have to read them in order to get into the series, in fact, since each author writes in their own time period it might be somewhat confusing. Especially if you like a consecutive story. However, they are all stand-alone books and can be read in any order. If you like to read them in date order, you’ll want to read Kit Morgan’s books first, then Vivi Holt, Annie Boone, and finally mine, that will put them roughly in time order.

The Cutter’s Creek series has been a huge blessing to me. I’ve gotten to write with some wonderful authors and learned so much about writing a series together. So, out of my Cutter’s Creek books, why did I choose Ruby over Lily, Ivy, or Carol…well, I hate to play favorites, but Ruby is my favorite. She’s quiet, and her strength is surprising. She has a big trial, and some hurt to work through, but when you find the right person to help you through it, that’s a gift more precious than anything.

I hope you love Ruby as much as I do. Blessings, Kari


  1. Chautona Havig

    I think you really said it well. Description was fabulous. Enough to really make you feel like you were there and seeing it but not overly done. I had the same problem with words and character consistency.

    I am definitely going to read more by Trumbo, though. I’m really curious about her now.

    1. momentsdippedinink

      Thanks! I’m excited to read more by her too. 🙂 My list of authors to read from is getting longer by the minute.

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