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Could there be a more poignant time to read a story about acceptance, understanding and cooperation than during these divisive pre-election days? Lady Ruth Bromfield is ripe with resilience and brimming with examples of triumph over tyranny, adversity, stereotypes and discrimination. There are times when Gordon Smith’s detail-rich novel reads like a biography and others when it seems textbook-like. Its telling versus showing quality makes the story veer toward the didactic, and there are pacing issues exacerbated by repetition and cliché. However, history lovers will find plenty to revel in, and Ruth’s journey can surely provide a lift if your faith in humanity is in need of restoration.
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