Ruby's Redemption by Edwina Kiernan ~ Book Review

February 23, 2021


Edwina Kiernan
Series: Gems of Grace, Book 1
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Publisher: Moliant Publishing
Release Date: November 1, 2020
Pages: 389

A gentle clergyman. A broken prostitute. A blossoming love that will endanger both their lives…

Forced into depravity by her tyrannous guardian after her parents’ death, Ruby’s life is one of vile deeds and violence. Unable to remember much of life outside the brothel’s walls, years of despair and abuse have crushed all hope of ever breaking free from her captor’s iron grip.

Until an unlikely encounter with Henry, a gentle country clergyman, sets an escape in motion that will change both their lives. But when Ruby’s worst fears are realized, the uncommon pair will face more devastation than either thought possible.

As the dawning of a new life of peace and love is ripped from her grasp, Ruby discovers that true freedom has a high cost…


What an amazing book. I read it in one sitting, not because it was short but because it was so captivating to me. It reminded me of Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Ms. Kiernan wrote characters that truly tug at your heart and you go through this emotional journey with them. We immediately meet Ruby who is just a broken woman. She is immersed in a lifestyle that was not her choice. She is forced to do this day in and day out with fatal consequences if she refuses. Until by divine chance Henry, who is a pastor, happens to come into her room and just completely changes her outlook in life. He brings with him hope and a love that is pure. God's love. 

I was enraged with Millforte as I think anyone who reads this book will be. He is the epitome of evil. The way he treats those girls in the brothel and especially Ruby. He is an "uncle", and I use that term loosely since he is not related to her at all, but the things he has done to her are despicable. I rejoiced when Henry stood up to him and was not afraid to protect Ruby despite the consequences that occurred in him doing so. 

All the characters were very well written and I loved them all especially Browne. He seemed to be the voice of  peaceful reason amongst all of them. Not that all of them needed it but for example when Henry's aunt Abigail got a little miffed at Ruby he was there to make sure she didn't say anything she would regret. There was a love story between Henry and Ruby and it was lovely  but to me the most of important part was Ruby's Redemption. When she realized that God truly loved her for who she was and that she was forgiven for everything that she had ever done, I must admit I teared up and rejoiced. I know its a fictional character but it's amazing how a character makes you think of how people in our world need to hear and see the goodness of God through us. We are His vessel and like Henry we need to see the person or the soul of the person as God sees it. 

I really enjoyed this story and I am looking forward to reading any others that Ms.Kiernan writes. I recommend you pick this one up.  Definitely an author to look out for in the future. 

My Rating: 5 stars/ I loved it! It touched my heart. 

Reviewer's Note: This book does mention prostitution and the abuse that goes with it. I just want you to be aware especially it this is a subject that is sensitive or a trigger for you. 

I received this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

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Edwina Kiernan is a Christian writer, and author of the new novel, Ruby’s Redemption.

An enthusiast of classic novels and history, Edwina combines her faith, imagination and research in hope-infused tales set in times past. Her latest novel is the first in a new Inspirational Regency romance series, Gems of Grace.

A lifelong word admirer, with Welsh and Irish heritage, she started writing stories early in childhood. She still loves to learn, taking courses from places like Oxford University and the Beau Monde, for both fun and further education.

When she’s not writing, Edwina loves spending time with her dashing husband and lively little son, reading and studying the Bible, getting lost in a captivating novel and drinking more types of tea than most people realize even exist.

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