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Ruth J. Hartman is a published author and licensed dental hygienist. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband of twenty-eight years and their two extremely spoiled cats.
She holds an associate degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. She also completed a course on Writing for Children and Teenagers from The Institute of Children’s Literature.
Having always loved to write for fun, her actual writing career only began in 2008. Her published works include a memoir, a romance novel, and short stories. In keeping with “write what you know” she finds her books and stories often gravitate toward the themes of dentistry and cats.
More about her writing and published works can be found at: www.ruthjhartman.blogspot.com
on Jan. 29, 2012 :
When I pick a romance novel, I'm looking for the experience of being swept into another life for a little while. Ruth J. Hartman provided me with that escape, in spades. In fact, my only complaint is that the novel was over far too soon. The sparks between rival dentists Remmie Grin and Victor Barrett make this a rollicking good read -- the path of this unconventional courtship kept me guessing, all the way to the end.
My favourite scene was the impromptu date at the movies -- the hero's erstwhile attempts to gain the heroine's favour, and her feisty resistance, are nothing less than perfect. The back-and-forth banter reminds me of the courtship of Gilbert Blythe and Anne of Green Gables. Hartman has a direct line into my youthful daydreams about being an independent woman and falling in love.
I also really liked the details of professional practice that were worked into this romance. I will never look at my dentist in the same way again -- in fact, I may have to buy her a copy of this book! Hartman's knowledge and love of the field -- and cats -- is palpable in her work. It's always a joy when you see the passion a writer has for her own family and profession coming through in her work.
Thanks, Ruth -- you made the everyday extraordinary, today.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)