Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Release from LeMoyne House

I am very excited to announce the re-release of IN ANOTHER GIRL'S SHOES, written by Berta Ruck and first published in 1916.

Berta Ruck was a prolific writer who wrote almost 80 novels in the course of her rather long life (she was 100 years old when she died in 1978.) Her first novel, His Official Fiancée, was published in 1914 and set the tone for the books that followed. Many of her books were light, romantic fare with British protagonists. While they might be viewed as historical fiction by us, when she wrote them they were set in contemporary times and as such provide us with a unique insight into their era.

She was very much a product of her times, and as Britain was at war when she wrote many of her first novels these portray a very nationalistic, almost xenophobic, attitude on the part of her heroes and heroines. However, the romantic dialogue that she wrote is some of the best I've ever read. It will make your toes curl. And, in the words of a 1922 New York Times Book Review, "one can always depend on finding an interesting plot, strongly tinged with originality, in any novel by this author."

I wholeheartedly concur, and hope you will check out In Another Girl's Shoesand the other books by Berta Ruck that will be released by LeMoyne House in the near future.

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