Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Healing of the Heart by Loree Lough

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About the Book

When Ruby McCoy and her mother arrive in Fairplay and promptly move into the biggest mansion around, they are the talk of the town. But while Mrs. McCoy worries about ribbons, trunks, and wallpaper, Ruby rolls up her sleeves. Since the hanging of her notorious gangster father five years ago, Ruby, hiding under an assumed name, is on a mission to right her father’s wrongs. She is determined to spend every penny of her inherited “blood money” helping those who paid the price for her father’s crimes. But she didn’t plan on falling in love.

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, 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 cholera epidemic sweeps through the city, he is forced to reconsider.

Will Ruby have the courage to tell Rex her family secret? And will love or justice win in Rex’s heart?

About the Author

A prolific writer, Loree Lough has 108 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 and her husband, Larry, divide their time between a home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains.

Her books have over 3700 ratings on Goodreads with the first two books in The Secrets of Sterling Street series, Currency of the Heartand Guardians of the Heart receiving multiple four and five star reviews on book review and retail sites.

Blog Stops

November 22: Bibliophile Reviews
November 22: Jeanette’s Thoughts
November 23: Neverending Stories
November 23: Lane Hill House
November 24: Christian Bookaholic
November 25: Redeemed Hope Dweller
November 26: Moments Dipped in Ink
November 27: inklings and notions
November 27: Splashes of Joy
November 28: Ashley’s Bookshelf
November 28: Daysong Reflections
November 30: Bigreadersite
December 1: Pause for Tales
December 1: Smiling Book Reviews
December 2: A Greater Yes
December 2: Genesis 5020
December 4: Karen Sue Hadley
December 5: Rhonda’s Doings


In honor of her tour, Loree is giving away her books: Secrets on Sterling Street series, Prevailing Love (3 in 1), Pricilla Hires a Husband, Lone Wolf, and Emma’s Orphans, a KJVER Study Bible, and an Abba pillar candle in a wicker basket! Click the link below to enter; be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine bonus entries for this giveaway! https://promosimple.com/ps/a81c

My Thoughts:
How perfectly delightful it is to find a good book to help one relax after a stressful holiday! Healing of the Heart by Loree Lough, is one book that I can say was a delight to read after these last stress-filled days. I used to devour westerns like there was no tomorrow, but I haven't been reading them as often, just because they never seem to differ much. I was pleasantly surprised by this third book in the Secrets on Sterling Street series.

Ruby McCoy is trying to make reparations for her late father's wrongdoings, much to the chagrin of her uppity mama. Rex Truett is just trying to protect his town from ne'er-do-wells like outlaw Verdell Lundgren, the man who murdered his father. Ruby's and Rex's paths cross the day the McCoy's arrive in Fairplay by train and things in the small town cannot remain as they were. Not when the villain and the hero have so much in common in Ms. Ruby McCoy!

I really liked this story right off the bat! I couldn't help but chuckle at Ruby's embarrassing mum situation. Who among us haven't been pestered by our loving parents to always look our best and to find a mate? Ha! Poor Ruby! I felt her pain. It's often difficult to find relatable heroines in historicals, but Ruby is an exception. While at times, she seemed a little too good, it wasn't overbearing to the point of me rolling my eyes at every other line as I've done with some historical inspirational romance in the past. I liked Rex, too. He wasn't bad as heroes go, I just wish there was a little more build up to the romance. The "apple pie kiss" towards the middle of the story was the "peek" of the romance for me.  All in all, Healing of the Heart was a sweet inspirational romance. It's sure to please fans of the genre and the author!

~ My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars ~

*I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

Happy Reading!


  1. Renee, thank you for hosting this terrific and generous giveaway! I'm glad you enjoyed this book. Ruby sounds like a relatable character.

    1. (P.S. I've added a link to your giveaway to my blog's sidebar.) :)


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