Lady Ruth Bromfield

Fiction - Inspirational
342 Pages
Reviewed on 08/14/2016
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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite

Lady Ruth Bromfield by Gordon Smith was an interesting read, to say the least. This is not your typical historical fiction about World War II and the Nazis. This has a lot less sadness, and more of a hopeful quality about how a life can be forever altered, but still grow strong in a new and fertile home.

This book is written with exceedingly realistic clarity so that at times I was not sure if I was reading fictionalized history, a biography, or a complete work of fiction. It was intriguing and fun to feel like that with Lady Ruth Bromfield! There was a lot of meat packed into this book, and themes of family, finding yourself, moving on, and living a full life. I particularly enjoyed the aspects about Ruth becoming an engineer...Girl Power!

Gordon Smith has done a good job in trying to condense a lifetime down into a novel length story, though a bit more detail or characterization would have been helpful. Lady Bromfield/Ruth is determinedly her own character. The story meanders a bit as she travels to England and then Australia, but I do think that the focus is kept rightfully on this strong and interesting woman as she makes a life for herself, and overcomes differences to find a place where all humans can live in harmony with one another.

Mamta Madhavan

Lady Ruth Bromfield by Gordon Smith is a thought-provoking book in which the main character shares her story of escaping Nazi persecution as a child when she was sent to England on 'Kinder Transport.' Born to an unwed Jewish mother in Germany, life was unbearable for the Jews there, and when the Nazis seized Ruth's grandfather's house, the family had nowhere to live. As the book progresses, readers get to know more about Ruth's life, how she reached England, her upbringing as a Christian Jew, and how she grew to become an inspirational leader, and also bridged the gap between people from different backgrounds and religious beliefs.

Ruth's upbringing, along with her Christian and Jewish upbringing, sets the tone of religious tolerance which readers get to see at every stage. This heartwarming story also sees Ruth's growth to take on responsibility at one of the largest construction companies in the world, and how she brings people from all walks of life together, bridging their differences. The character of Ruth has been well sketched by the author, making her story memorable and palpable to readers. Her experiences and journey reach out to readers and connect well with them, and her growth as a person is inspirational. The story is uplifting and profound, and will help readers overcome differences with others, especially when it comes to tolerance of other religions and ethnicity.