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Hardland by Ashley E. Sweeney

Everyone needs to know a woman like Ruby Fortune.”-Books and Pens on Green Gables

Hardland by Ashley E. Sweeney

Hardland was my first Ashley E. Sweeney book and

I can’t wait to read more! I loved the main character Ruby Fortune!

-Books and Pens on Green Gables

Everyone needs to know a woman like Ruby Fortune.

Scared of no one. Scared of nothing. She is taking on the world and doing what is right to make it a better place.

When Ruby has to make a choice to save her own life, she’s left with four boys and needs a way to make a living.

Soon Ruby owns an Inn. She stands firm with the trouble that walks through her doors.

She loves her boys. Is troubled by her boys. Ruby will do anything to protect her town and the people she loves.

Ashley E Sweeney has written SUCH AN ENGAGING book! It was so hard to put Hardland down. It is a look into the 1900s and the lifestyle, danger, and forbidden love of the time.

A well-written, bold, steely novel that I believe will be a best-seller!

-Books and Pens on Green Gables


Ruby Fortune faces an untenable choice: murder her abusive husband or continue to live with bruises that never heal. One bullet is all it takes. Once known as “Girl Wonder” on the Wild West circuit, Ruby is now a single mother of four boys in her hometown of Jericho, an end-of-the-world mining town north of Tucson. Here, Ruby opens a roadside inn to make ends meet. Drifters, grifters, con men, and prostitutes plow through the hotel’s doors, and their escapades pepper the local newspaper like buckshot.

An affair with an African American miner puts Ruby’s life and livelihood at risk, but she can’t let him go. Not until a trio of disparate characters: her dead husband’s sister, a vindictive shopkeeper, and the local mine owner she once swindled threaten to ruin her does Ruby face the consequences of her choices. With grit and resolve, she does what she needs to in order to provide for herself and her sons.

Set against the breathtaking beauty of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert and bursting with Wild West imagery, history, suspense, and adventure, Hardland serves up a tough, fast-talking, shoot-from-the-hip heroine who goes to every length to survive and carve out a life for herself and her sons in one of the toughest places in the American West.

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