Blurb: Lucy Ashbrook finds a pleasant diversion when she visits the Regent’s Park Bird Sanctuary to sketch the different birds that live there. Birds aren’t the only pleasing thing she finds, though. A certain Sanctuary worker, Oliver Barrow, has stolen her heart. But Lucy’s father will have none of it. No daughter of his will marry a common laborer.
Oliver Barrow loves everything about his work at the Sanctuary. The birds, the trees, the ponds, a certain young miss who mesmerizes him. Miss Ashbrook is beautiful and sweet and shares his love of birds. But Oliver has a secret that just might get in the way of anything more than friendship developing between them. And he can’t share that secret with her. Not yet.
How can Lucy ever convince her father of Oliver’s worth? That love isn’t just for the birds?
Author Information: Ruth J. Hartman spends her days herding cats, and her nights spinning sweet romantic tales that make you smile, giggle, and 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?
Most of her books include cats. Her characters, like Ruth in real life, live with several cats, and love every minute of it. Well, maybe not the litter box, but you get the idea.
Books by Ruth J. Hartman:
“Rescued by a Duke”: Sasha has lost her brother, and now has fallen into an abandoned well, certain she will die, too. Charles, a duke, is shocked to find a woman trapped in the old well on his property. But what happens next?
“Time for a Duke”: Regency Romance Time-travel – Izzy gets locked in a closet while on a tour of a Duke’s home in England. Imagine her surprise when the door is opened by that very duke. And it’s the year 1812!
“Cats and Cowboys”: A postal worker (and her cat) flee Indiana after she’s dumped by her boyfriend. Then she meets a handsome cowboy who hates cats! What’s a girl to do?
“Better Than Catnip”: A woman who runs a cat rescue center falls for a handsome man. But his son is terrified of cats!
“Flossophy of Grace”: The main character, Grace, is a dental hygienist who falls in love with her patient.
“Pillow Talk”: A klutzy tooth fairy falls in love with her dentist.
“Purrfect Voyage”: A woman and her cat are stranded on a two-week yacht cruise with a cat-hating, handsome stranger.
“Grin and Barrett”: Two dentists fight growing feelings of attraction for each other, as they compete for all the new patients in their small town.
“Murphy in the Paw-Paw Patch”: A cat, born without pads for his paws, makes a journey to find some. At the paw-paw patch! (Children’s book).
“Life in Mental Chains,” her first book, is a true-life story about her struggle with severe OCD, which also revolves around dental offices she worked for.
More information about Ruth and her books can be found at her website.