Healing of the Heart

Healing of the Heart

by Loree Lough


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Healing of the Heart by Loree Lough

Ruby McCoy is haunted by her father's sins....

When Ruby McCoy arrives in Fairplay, her ornate carriage is followed by an entourage who heft steamer trunks, hatboxes, and traveling bags into the hotel…where she has booked the entire second floor. Upon her notorious gangster father's death, the now-wealthy Ruby, hiding under her mother's maiden name, set out to right her father's wrongs. Ruby is determined to spend every penny of her inherited "blood money" on those who paid the price for her father's crimes.

Sheriff Rex Truett doesn't trust Ruby and doesn't care who knows it. The keeper of Fairplay's law and order makes it his business to find out why a stranger—especially a beautiful, spoiled, rich, female stranger—would set up businesses, donate to schools, hire workmen to rebuild houses, and provide access to the best medical care. But when a typhoid epidemic sweeps through the city, he is forced to reconsider.

Will Rex blame Ruby for her father's sins? Or will he accept the possibility that she is trying to create—and feel—the peace her father stole?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629116167
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: Secrets of Sterling Street Series , #3
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

A prolific writer, Loree Lough has 103 books, 68 short stories, and more than 2,500 articles in print. Her novels have earned dozens of industry and Reader’s Choice awards. A frequent guest speaker for writers’ organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, corporations, and college and high school writing programs, Loree has encouraged thousands with her comedic approach to learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and industry. She and her husband, Larry, divide their time between a home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains.

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Healing Of The Heart 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Healing of the Heart by Loree Lough is a thoroughly enjoyable "clean" read. Set in the late 1800s, it is a story of secrets, righting wrongs, trust, faith, family and love. Rich scenery, historically accurate detail and well-developed characters make the book a winner. It is Book 3 in the Secrets on Sterling Street series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel. I definitely plan to read more books by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network, Inc., in exchange for my honest review.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Ruby Works to Repay Father’s Debts—Sheriff Truett is Suspicious—Enter Romance. Loree Lough has written another lovely romance. How she manages to come up with new and different characters and situations continually amazes me. Healing of the Heart is a delightful story of regret, reparations, and romance. Ruby McCoy and her mother are new to Fairplay and immediately move into the newly renovated, biggest mansion in town. No one knows anything about them except their advance man has arranged for all the work and furnishings they require. Ruby knows she’s there to repay the debts her outlaw father incurred and to right the wrongs he did when he and his gang ravaged the town. Her mother, who fancies herself a society lady, still does not understand what drives Ruby to these actions. They both are relieved Fairplay is the last town they’ll have to visit/live in to fulfill their mission. Sheriff Rex Truett is suspicious of the new folks in town. Since there is little information about the ladies, he is insatiably curious as to their background and reasons for moving to Fairplay. He is puzzled by Ruby. Why does a woman who can afford the biggest mansion in town do much of the work around the house? How does a society lady know how to get stains out of clothing for example, much less how to stack wood? These two characters are fairly believable, but the most delightful character is Ruby’s mother, Cordelia. She’s so prim and proper, yet amusingly droll. To keep her in line, Ruby pays her an allowance so she can buy ribbons and hats and other fripperies. You can guess the ending at the beginning, but how things come about is an interesting read—not your usual romance. The book itself is attractive, with a glossy cover and lovely cream paper. I’d give Healing of the Heart 4 stars. Loree Lough is an ultra-prolific writer with “nearly five million 4-and 5-star books in circulation.” Healing of the Heart is the third in the Secrets on Sterling Street series. Loree lives in Baltimore and enjoys her “grandorables” along with the rest of her family, She is as personable as her characters or more so, and she loves interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. She also answers every email sent to Loree@LoreeLough.com personally. Loree and Whitaker House gave me a copy of Healing of the Heart, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
I adored this book from the very first page. The characters alone were so well written that I wished I could meet them in real life! This author has a gift for smooth and captivating story telling. Ruby feels immense guilt and cannot rest until she has tried to fix the sins of her father. Rex just wants a peaceful town and is convinced Ruby has something up her sleeve. I didn’t like Ruby’s mom at first but boy did she grow on me! Another gift of this author to make us feel emotions towards the characters. The two little ones with Rex just stole my heart! I didn’t want this story to end at all. I now need to find other stories by this author and dig in! I was given the book by Bookfun.org. All opinions are my own.
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
Healing of the Heart by Loree Lough is a fantastic historical fiction romance that drew me into the book until I finished reading it! The main characters are well developed from the beginning. Going five years into the past during the first two chapters, the author shows details of their lives that has influenced them when the story begins in chapter 3. Rex Truett is next door buying a suit in Baltimore, Maryland when his father is shot and killed by the Lundgren Gang. Instead of taking the job as a banker, he decides to go into the police force so he can legally help track down the killer of his father. Several years after Lundgren is caught and hung, Rex accepts a sheriff’s position in Fairplay, Colorado where he and his Aunt Mavis move. Ruby McCoy and her mother, Cordelia have been living on an estate in Boston, Massachusetts under Cordelia’s maiden name McCoy so the society class will not know they are related to the outlaw, Verdell Lundgren. Ruby and her mother receive word that her father, Verdell, has been caught and hung made her the beneficiary of his ill gotten money which he has invested wisely. After giving her mother an allowance and taking them on several trips abroad, Ruby comes up with a way to try and pay retribution to the towns in which Lundgren and his gang stole, burned, murdered, and created chaos. She helps to rebuild the towns without them knowing their benefactor and moves on to the next town. Her last stop is Fairplay, Colorado. Sheriff Truett is suspicious of the beautiful young lady do gooder who has remodeled and moved into the big mansion on the hill but can’t help develop feelings for her. Ruby is falling for the sheriff, also, but she must pay for the sins of her father and does not feel worthy of receiving love from any man. Can they make it together? Can the sheriff forgive her for her lying and her fathering killing his dad? Or must she keep it hidden? This story keeps your attention to the end of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel. I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
bsnksmom More than 1 year ago
Ruby McCoy-Lundgren’s first clue that her life was a lie was when she and her mother, Cordelia, were visited by her father’s lawyer. His visits weren’t all that unusual; he came the first of every month like clockwork, after all. What was unusual was it was the end of the month and he was obviously very nervous. Ruby is stunned to hear that the Papa she knew as loving but stern had been hung in Baltimore for robbing a bank and killing four people in the process. She is even more stunned to receive the word that she, not her mother, has been left in charge of his considerable estate – ill-gotten gains from a life spent robbing and killing others. Ruby decides to undertake what her mother calls, “The Healing Hearts tour”, dropping her father’s last name and visiting towns he and his gang had decimated in their greed, and repairing or replacing any damage she could using the money he left to her. On the final leg of her journey, Ruby and company roll into Fairplay, Colorado intent on making amends. She begins by purchasing the derelict Gerard Estate and gently giving away as much as she can to others who have need. She looks for whatever she can do to make life better for the citizens of the town – establishing and donating books for a library, digging a landfill, razing and rebuilding buildings that her father burned. No matter what good she does, though, she still feels unworthy of true friendship. Suspicious of the newcomers to his town, Sheriff Rex Truett can’t believe that anyone would throw their money around like Ruby McCoy is doing without getting anything in return. What’s in it for her? The more he watches Ruby in action, the deeper his heart falls for her. Can he convince her to make Fairplay her LAST stop? Will he WANT to convince her when he learns the secret she’s keeping? I really loved this story! Ruby has such a gift for seeing needs and acting on them. She amazed me often. I also felt for her as she carried the guilt of her father’s actions on her shoulders even though none of that guilt was hers. There were enough giggles as I read to keep this from getting too heavy. A sample of my favorite quotes is this one from Ruby, “Lord, if the day ever comes when Mama doesn't embarrass me all the way to my toes, I'll know I've joined you in paradise!” Romance readers will enjoy Ruby and Rex’s story and readers who enjoy some history in their books will also enjoy this. I’ve read Loree Lough’s books before, mostly in the Love Inspired line, so I knew her writing style is one I enjoy. I definitely recommend this. I received a copy of this book through bookfun.org and the opinions expressed are my own, freely given.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Healing of the Heart by Loree Lough is book three in the Secrets on Sterling Street series. A heart-warming, sweet romance set in the late 1800’s, complete with a lovely heroine and a strong, handsome sheriff and a supporting cast of very appealing and endearing characters. Each of the main characters is overcoming the past and the shadows that haunt their present. Each has suffered loss and heartache. Ruby McCoy is trying to right the wrongs of her outlaw father, and Sheriff Rex Truett is meting out justice and keeping law and order because of his father’s violent death. Their pasts intersect in the present, and hidden secrets finally, but slowly, surface. The great dialogue and picturesque descriptions enhance the entertaining plot. Those who enjoy historical fiction will appreciate this novel. I recommend this delightful romance with a message about forgiveness and overcoming one’s past. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
This is the story of misplaced self guilt and sense of unworthiness. It shows how these feelings can rob a person of what is really true and good. For the last five years, Ruby McCoy, the daughter of the caught and hanged notorious gangster, Verdell Lundgren, had been living under a different name with her mother and moving around from place to place to avoid being known. Ruby had been entrusted with her father’s millions when he died which she felt was a curse that she had to bear. She believed that her life now had to be dedicated to going to the towns and cities where her father had destroyed people’s lives and make up for his sins by building schools, hospitals, orphanages, rebuilding houses, and donating to families of his victims. As the story unfolded, Ruby and her mother had just arrived in another of the victims’ towns. She began her acts of mercy, but did not count on the sheriff, Rex Truett, as someone who was interested in what she was up to and did not trust her motives. The author wove the sheriff’s past into Ruby’s past and the secrets multiplied. Would this destroy any hope of a relationship between these two? I enjoyed this inspirational romance with its many surprises and the author’s ability to bring so many interesting characters into the story.
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
Loree Lough appeals straight to the heart in this book. The plot in this book was brilliantly done. It and the storyline are really what got me first. A daughter trying to make up for her father's misdeeds by helping those he hurt is brilliant, and Ruby McCoy is just the right kind of character to pull it off. Both main characters are written so well, and reading how the daughter intends to help others truly does touch the heart. Will she ever be free of the guilt?? With vivid characters, a wonderful story, and a lovely historical setting this is a wonderful book that will be on my forever shelves. I highly recommend this read! I received this book through bookfun. This is my honest opinion of this read.
llparrish782 More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful read by Loree Lough. This beautiful novel will sweep readers into Fairplay along with wonderful new characters like Ruby and Cordiela McCoy. Two people who want to right right a wrong. Rex Truett is someone who has gone through a lot himself since he was a boy. Even though I thought he was the perfect man of my dreams! And sheriff of Fairplay to boot! I enjoyed this novel to a tea! It was worth waiting for! When I seen that our book club had it up for review I knew I just had to grab this one. I laughed through most of it and I hd my breath through some of it. Silas is as I remembered from the last story up to his sneaky tricks and he had the most caring side to a man that I wish all men for! I would've loved Mavis for an Aunt. Even though she was sort of rough around the edges she really had a soft heart. I could almost hear her scold Rex for whatever it was he did. I liked Rex from the beginning and thought he'd be perfect for a certain someone if she'd let go of her stubborn ways! Ruby is a lady who wants to right the wrongs her father has done to the good people of Fairplay and wherever else he had done. I was upset when catastrophe happened to the people in Fairplay and Rex along with them! I definitely held my breath to see what would happen Would the Lord pull these people through? And with Ruby's help?
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Healing of the Heart ( Secrets on Sterling Street #3). I really enjoyed the story. I thought I knew Mavis' secret right at the beginning of the book. I was only partially right. The main characters are well developed. The supporting characters are somewhat well developed, some more than others. The story flows well and kept my interest. In fact, I finished the book in just a very few days. It wasn't heavy on Christianity, but did have a few Bible verses and such. It was definitely not preachy at all. For the most part I truly enjoyed the book. The story I definitely enjoyed. What bothers me, is the editing. This book had far too many issues with missing words. Not big words, but things like a missing "a" or "an" or "the" . It also had places where it had the word repeated on either side of another word. This upset the flow of reading for me. I also wasn't sure if some of the words used were supposed to be wrong as in the person speaking them not totally literate, or if it was an error. Example, "set awhile" instead of "sit awhile". Though annoying to me, it will not stop me from reading more from Loree Lough. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review through Bookfun.org.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
I thought the premise of this book was really original, and I enjoyed seeing how it all played out. I was as curious about the newcomers in town as the townspeople were. The characters were easy to like. It was admirable that Ruby put not only her money, but herself into making restitution in Fairplay. Rex was an honorable man, devoted to doing his job well, and caring for his family to the best of his ability. Through the events of this book, they were able to find healing from the tragedy that connected them. This was the third book in the Secrets on Sterling Street series, and I think it would be enjoyable to spend more time with the hard-working citizens of Fairplay, Colorado. I recommend this book to those who like historical fiction based in the Old West and romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Healing of the Heart is the latest in the series Secrets on Sterling Street, and Loree Lough has really outdone herself with the secrets that are hidden in this novel. Ruby McCoy has spent 5 years trying to make some sort of restitution for her late father’s grievous sins. She has almost completed her project when she and her mother move to Fairplay to continue with “the healing hearts” campaign. There she catches the notice of the Sheriff Rex Truett who, no matter what good Ruby does, cannot get past his distrust for her. This story explores the ramifications of the father’s sins and just what that might look like when the next generation must live with the results. Sin, big or small, affects everyone and this book really shines a light on that truth. Ruby wrestles with her relationship with God as she believes she must pay for her father’s sins before God can forgive her. Is God like some people ruled by bitterness and revenge, or will she be able to do enough good deeds to right the wrong? Ruby must come to the realization that God loves her for her. What about Rex? He and Ruby are slowly falling in love and she would be the ideal wife for him, if he can get over the biggest secret she is keeping from him. I enjoyed revisiting Sterling Street and this book has been my favorite of the series so far. I was reading quite happily watching their courtship slowly progress when the author through in a major story changer that I did not see coming. Just like in real life, bad things happen and can spring up at any moment. And the characters had to make some hard decisions. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review and all views expressed are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. I loved how Ruby and Rex worked together. Rex has some trust issues and Ruby doesn't think she is worthy of Rex. Then you throw in Ruby's mother and this story makes you laugh and cry at times. This is a great story of learning to have faith. I received this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
The story starts with the reader being privy to Rex’s thoughts which are really rather mundane but escalates with a bang. I was drawn to Rex because of his admiration and love for his father, and Aunt Mavis. By the first description he appears to be honorable and respectable. What was the first thing that connected me to Ruby McCoy? It was not the setting, as that is during the year 1879. Perhaps it was because she was thrust into a position of executor of her father’s will which she did not want. Or because she and her mother lived together, or that she was fatherless. Ruby has a heart as big as Canada, though the majority of the story takes place in Colorado. Sometimes I find it hard to accept that I really do not have to earn love or forgiveness, but I think that it might be a universal feeling to us humans. Following Ruby on her journey was a treat. Thi novel i full of relationships to be explored. Parent and child. Adoption. Neighbors, and of course romantic. There were surprises and the story flowed easily with enough conflict between characters to keep me turning pages. Although it is a regular size book. I finished it in a day of intense reading. Loree Lough is a well loved author of mine, and I have read most of her novels, but I think it is her best one yet. Thank you to Sandra Balera at CelebrateLit for the opportunity to read this book. I received a free one. A positive review was not required. The opinions are my own
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Healing of the Heart by Loree Lough, © 2016 Secrets on Sterling Street ~ Book 3 Things have changed since Ruby has come to right a wrong, several wrongs. Repaying what has been deprived of others, Ruby hopes to heal her heart and memories she would like to be different. Will she be believed or questionable motives be suspected? Going by her mother's maiden name, Ruby's travels bring her to a small town named Fairplay, of all things. Certainly, this will right itself! ~*~ To right a wrong. Forgiveness. Not carrying another's offenses making them your own. Delivered from the penalty of sin by choosing Christ to be your forerunner, your Deliverer. For He will. I go before you. I will never leave you nor forsake you. You are Mine. Forever. Deuteronomy 31:8 Isaiah 43:1 As Ruby seeks to replace pain caused by another, her heart is replaced by longing to be freed from the crushing weight ~ of regret, of sorrow, of loss. Love is hidden beneath supposed strength, a weakness that obliviated all that could have been. Can it be recouped, restored? Refreshed ~ a loss brought forward to be replaced by a Love never before aware nor received. I am here for you. Always. I walk alongside you. You are not alone nor forgotten. You are whole in Me. Receive all that I have for you and do not fear. My love covers a multitude of sin and neglect. Rebuilding that only can be new and fresh, not stirred up in remembrance of what once was. Sheriff Rex Truett has tried hard to keep the town of Fairplay in Colorado a safe place for the residents, and for his heart... keeping it intact, while sheltering it from added storms. Losing his father at a young age, he has wanted to explore loving with open hands ~ free to give and to receive. He and his aunt have taken in two children to keep them from harm. When Ruby and her mother arrive in town, he has difficulty trusting their intent. Repairs to buildings, service to those nearby, silently has misgivings to him as to motive. Why would strangers want to help those in need in Fairplay? In the process of rendering aid, Ruby and her mother find healing in their hearts and worth. Secrets revealed free them from disaster and injured hearts and lives. There comes a stopping off place, a place to accept who they truly are ~ loved and whole. On the healing tour, heavy hearts are lightened by truth. ***Thank you, author Loree Lough and to Celebrate Lit for sending me a review copy of Healing of the Heart during this blog tour. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Secrets of Sterling Street, and although it can be read as a standalone I definitely recommending reading the first two books in the series also. I loved the first two books in the series, but this one is my favorites of the three. I loved reading Ruby's story, and it was fun following the relationship develop between Ruby and Rex. This is wonderful combination of faith, romance and historical fiction from this author and another one I couldn't put down after I had started it. I received a copy of this book from the author, but a favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.