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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Ruby's Redemption by Edwina Kiernan is a Christian historical fiction novel set in Regency England. The book revolves around the titular character, a prostitute named Ruby, who makes the acquaintance of a vicar named Henry under circumstances that could be nothing less than guided by the hand of God. As the two get to know each other, Ruby's outlook begins to change even though the reality of her circumstances shows no means of escape from threats of death. A hatched plan is faced with obstacle after obstacle. The full protection of the church is not enough to keep Ruby's precarious situation from crashing down around her. Worse still, the danger presented to those who cannot be swayed from helping Ruby live a reformed life in the light of God is the same, if not greater, than the risk to her own person.
Edwina Kiernan delivers the first of her Gems of Grace series with a strong start in Ruby's Redemption and one that is likely to hook readers who enjoy Christian fiction in historical settings. The narrative and descriptions are good without dumping information into the plot, a credit to the author who has the skill and courage to elect for a slower unpeeling of backstory. In the context of a solid love story in this specific genre, Kiernan does not shy away from plot elements that rarely come into play. Religion is deeply woven within this but is still allowed to blanket all aspects. Many contemporary Christian authors temper religion to appeal to a broader readership, but Kiernan holds unapologetically tight, and as a result, so did I to the story.