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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.