Romancing the Dustman's Daughter

Romancing the Dustman's Daughter

by Ruth J. Hartman


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Augustus Sinclair has a broken heart. His betrothed has dropped him for his best friend. Former best friend. When he meets Anne Balfour, though, he questions whether he'd ever really been in love with his fiancé. Some of Anne's reactions to what he considers everyday activities are puzzling, but that doesn't stop him from falling head over heels for the first time in his life.

Anne Balfour is amazed to be a guest at the Shrewsbury's, one of Mayfair's most well-to-do families - even if the circumstances are less than ideal. Still, she can't help but get caught up in the excitement of society life. Especially when in the company of Augustus Sinclair. He makes her believe in love and romance, even if she is just the dustman's daughter.

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ISBN-13: 9781493777709
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/14/2013
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author Ruth J. Hartman spends her days herding cats and her nights spinning sweet romantic tales that make you smile, giggle, or laugh out loud. She, her husband, and their three cats love to spend time curled up in their recliners watching old Cary Grant movies. Well, the cats, Maxwell, Roxy and Remmie, sit in the people's recliners. Not that the cats couldn't get their own furniture. They just choose to shed on someone else's. You know how selfish those little furry creatures can be.
Ruth, a left-handed, cat-herding, Jeep driving, farmhouse-dwelling romance writer uses her goofy sense of humor as she writes tales of lovable, klutzy women and the men who adore them. Ruth's husband and best friend, Garry, reads her manuscripts, rolls his eyes at her weird story ideas, and loves her in spite of her penchant for insisting all of her books have at least one cat in them. Or twelve. But hey, who's counting?

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Romancing the Dustman's Daughter 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Lisascrapbooker More than 1 year ago
Romancing the Dustman’s Daughter is a wonderful story that renews you faith in fairytales coming true. We all want to have a life with someone that loves us and takes care of us. Anne dreamt of this, but knew that it was probably not going to happen for her. She is the only daughter of a dustman and her mother has passed. Her father just wanted something better for her and for himself. He found something at the home of Lord Shrewsbury that he is convinced will achieve this for them. Anne’s father drags her to the Shrewsbury’s to blackmail them into helping to find a rich husband for Anne. Anne does not want to take part and is afraid of being treated poorly, but goes because her father demands it.  Anne is given dresses, not very attractive colors, and is not really helped, just taken along with the family. Enter Augustus. He likes Anne for her smile, her laughter, her kindness and her compassion for others. She helps him to reconnect with his laughter and joy of life. Augustus is what Anne has thought of as her knight.  They overcome spitefulness, condescension and just plain nastiness to find the love they want, need and deserve.  This is a wonderful love story. Once again Ms Hartman gives me a warm read that I could  not put down. I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Brotherhood_Lover More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Mr. Balfour wants the best for his daughter even if he goes about it terribly. Mr. Balfour is a Dustman which means he goes and cleans up peoples fireplaces and gets rid of all the ashes so it always looks pristine. One day he comes across something that was meant to be burnt but fell to the side of the fire and was just covered in soot. He sees that he can use this to his advantage…..well his daughter’s advantage. When Anne comes to the Shrewsbury’s they are condescending, rude, and spiteful. What they don’t realize is that Anne doesn’t want to be there, at least not under those circumstances. She doesn’t understand what is considered the “norm” for people of the ton and is obviously out of place. Augustus Sinclair had his heart broken by Constance Shrewsbury when she jilted him for his Best Friend, well EX-Best Friend. He doesn’t ever think he will find love until one night at White’s he is talking with his friend Fritz about the fact that there is never anyone new, that they have seen all that the ton has to offer this year. That Fritz tells him “You never know when someone new might attend.”  This is where it all starts.  This was a fantastic turn on a fairytale. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Augustus get out of his blues and him realizing how much of a snot Constance really was when you aren’t wearing Rose colored glasses. When you have Constance being rude to others beside Anne who is kind and gracious to others you really get to see their true natures, regardless of their backgrounds.  I loved this book and cannot wait for what Ruth has to come next. 5/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun read! This book had struggle, deception, love and devotion - and that was just with the secondary characters! The main characters were fun and genuine and worked together on the page and in my heart! It's amazing the things we do for family and more importantly, this book is a huge reminder that people can see past the facade you wear, no matter how well you think you wear it. I did enjoy reading the characters, but I also really enjoyed the authors writing style.
VickiKL More than 1 year ago
A 5+ star read!! I was given an ARC of Romancing the Dustman's Daughter and I was so excited to start it. Once I started, I had a very hard time putting it down. Ruth J. Hartman is such a talented author, who is able to make you feel as if you are the main character and feel all of their emotions, thoughts and see everything from their prospective. I love how Ruth is able to write about love, serious situations and always able to make you laugh and giggle through out her stories. I absolutely loved her main character, Anne. She is a sweet, caring and kind young lady who is born the Dustman's daughter. Her father is looking to strike it rich and has come up with several schemes to do so. His final one has poor Anne on edge and wanting to disobey him. Her main male character, Augustus, is what every girl dreams of, strong, handsome, caring and a sense of humor. The two of them are a perfect match, but have a few obstacles to overcome. I was swept away in to their world from the very first page and right until the end. Thank Ruth for such an amazing story! I cannot wait for your next book. I highly recommend Romancing the Dustman's Daughter!
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S_Leca More than 1 year ago
Ms Anne is what one might call a push over for those she loves. Her father creates a scheme to become one of the gentry which entails Anne marrying a rich man. Now that would be fine and all but then again Augustus is not what everyone would think of as the "marrying kind" for an innocent women like Anne, All that changes when he falls for Anne and she falls for him. They both love each other but their respective secrets threaten to ruin it all. Although there is heartache, their love may just survive. This is a great historical romance.
MichelleLN More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of Ruth's that I have read and it was recommended to me by my sister. With that being said, she is very easy to read, her story line is really smooth and all of the characters are wonderful! It had a great story with some drama but not an overabundance of drama like there are in so many books. The characters were really sweet and I couldn't get enough of them. I loved this book, I have told others to read it and I will be buying all of her other books right away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not finish this book, I hated the way the heroine was being treated.
HisLunaGirl More than 1 year ago
Anne is a humble young lady as the daughter of the Dustman when one day, her scheming father thrusts her into a less than ideal situation. Suddenly thrown into the world of high society, how will she adapt? Augustus is broken hearted. His fiance left him for his best friend and he seems to have lost interest in his former friends and world. One day he has a chance meeting with Anne and everything changes. How will Augustus react when he learns that Anne is not one of their own and is actually a poor young lady? Will he care? A quick, easy, and light read when you just need a bit of historical romance. At only .99, it is worth your afternoon!
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Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
A Fairy Tale come true! 4.5 stars I loved reading this sweet story of Augustus and Anne, two characters in Ruth J. Hartman’s second book ROMANCING THE DUSTMAN’S DAUGHTER. It’s a charming romantic love story, well written and a joy to read. Their story starts as we discover that Anne is the perfect daughter, always helping people and devoting her time and energy to others. She just wished that a special man would love her and treat her like a princess. Will she find love? Augustus, was sad and never expected his life would turn that way; his betrothed had fallen in love with his best friend. Would he love again? A fairy tale will come true for both of them; as soon as they meet, love will be in the air. It’s a sweet romantic story to discover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Romancing the Dustman's Daughter is the newest release by Ruth J. Hartman.  I really enjoyed this book and was unable to put it down until I reached the end.  I finished it in just one day and am anxiously awaiting the next story by this author.  This book was an enjoyable read with characters that I could relate to with as well  as a smooth writing style, wonderful story line and plot. In this book we begin by getting a glimpse into the very sheltered and poor life of  Anne and her scheming father. While Anne is mildly content to live their life and be  with her cats, her father is constantly trying some new scheme to change his stars  and make their life better. Just as Anne fears when her father comes home from work one day saying that he  has an announcement, she knows that another scheme is in the making. Unlike  most of his other schemes this one is one that he cannot do without her, and even  though she is reluctant to help he guilts her into going on with his scheme.  While she struggles to find her place in this world she finds friendship with some  of the "outcasts" of this stuffy world and latches to them for a listening ear and support. Much to her surprise, right in the middle of friendship and life she finds that she is  losing her heart to someone that she believes could make her happy.  The only downside is that what he loves is a lie and if she tells him the truth, surely she will lose him. This book is very well written and the characters and their world come alive easily in  your mind to take you on their journey. It was definitely worth the price and the time it  took to read. I am already looking forward to the next story that Ruth will share with all of us.