A Different Kind of Fire

A Different Kind of Fire

Ruby Schmidt has the talent, the drive, even the guts to enroll in art school, leaving behind her childhood home and the beau she always expected to marry. Her life at the Academy seems heavenly at first, but she soon learns that societal norms in the East are as restrictive as those back home in West Texas. Rebelling against the insipid imagery women are expected to produ...

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Title:A Different Kind of Fire
Author:Suanne Schafer
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A Different Kind of Fire Reviews

  • Gail Hart

    A Different Kind of Fire tells the story of a remarkable woman in turn of the twentieth century America. Over the course of nearly forty years Ruby becomes a painter, a baroness, and a west Texas ranch wife, and she experiences two great loves. Debut author Schafer includes a remarkable amount of historical detail and covers important themes but avoids becoming long-winded or pretentious.

  • Michael Hardesty

    The protagonist, Ruby Schmidt, moves with ease between rural Texas and urban Pennsylvania, from feeding chickens to studying fine art. Even more delicate, however, is the conflict between traditional family life and bisexual romance. Ms. Schafer's story and character development make that reconciliation seem effortless.

  • Caroline

    A Different Kind of Fire is a story of woman driven by her talent and her passions. Ruby does her best not to conform to the expectations of her time, class and sex. The title of the book symbolizes these contrasts from Ruby's point of view, the point of view of a rancher's daughter in Truly, Texas in the late 19th century. Her story spans from the Texas flatlands to the grimy city of Philadelphia where Ruby studies fine arts and perfects her style. The reader shares the disappointment at the pr

    A Different Kind of Fire is a story of woman driven by her talent and her passions. Ruby does her best not to conform to the expectations of her time, class and sex. The title of the book symbolizes these contrasts from Ruby's point of view, the point of view of a rancher's daughter in Truly, Texas in the late 19th century. Her story spans from the Texas flatlands to the grimy city of Philadelphia where Ruby studies fine arts and perfects her style. The reader shares the disappointment at the prejudices of a fine artist being confined to art appropriate to her sex and the triumph as she defies those standards.

    As well as in her professional life, her private life is subjected to criticism for bucking convention. When she leaves her fiance in Texas, she has a tumultuous affair with a fellow female student, an affair which haunts and follows her the rest of her life. Living a Bohemian student life gets Ruby into trouble when she gets pregnant with fellow student, d'Este's child. She marries and soon realizes her mistake as her new husband becomes violent with drink and leaves her for months on end to cope alone. Ruby makes a decision to leave and return to small town Texas where she is sharply criticized.

    It is a story of love and redemption. A Different Kind of Fire is one of those books you won't want to end!

  • Renee

    A Different Kind of Fire is the story of Ruby Schmidt, a young woman who dreams of becoming an artist during the 19th century. The reader follows Ruby as she travels to Philadelphia where she attends art school, then back to Texas. Over a period of several decades, we experience Ruby’s sometimes sweet, sometimes heartbreaking journey. A Different Kind of Fire is a story of challenges, love, family, happiness, and loss. The secondary characters are well drawn. I must admit that Bismarck’s quiet s

    A Different Kind of Fire is the story of Ruby Schmidt, a young woman who dreams of becoming an artist during the 19th century. The reader follows Ruby as she travels to Philadelphia where she attends art school, then back to Texas. Over a period of several decades, we experience Ruby’s sometimes sweet, sometimes heartbreaking journey. A Different Kind of Fire is a story of challenges, love, family, happiness, and loss. The secondary characters are well drawn. I must admit that Bismarck’s quiet strength and his total love for Ruby was heartbreaking at times. I highly recommend this book.

  • Angela Pneuman

    In Ruby Schmidt, Suanne Schafer has created a remarkable heroine, one who faces the challenges of time and convention with a vivid spirit and a sense of emotional adventure. It's a pleasure to follow her as she pursues her art, explores her loves and determines to live life on no terms but her own.

  • Emily Mims

    A sweeping saga of a woman torn between two worlds

    Set in turn of the century America, ‘A Different Kind of Fire’ is the story of a woman torn between the land and the man that she loves with all her heart, and the art and the woman that give her life meaning and make her whole. Talented and passionate, Ruby Schmidt leaves west Texas and rancher Bismarck Behrens for art school in Philadelphia. There she is challenged both as an artist and a woman, on one hand longing to break free of the strictur

    A sweeping saga of a woman torn between two worlds

    Set in turn of the century America, ‘A Different Kind of Fire’ is the story of a woman torn between the land and the man that she loves with all her heart, and the art and the woman that give her life meaning and make her whole. Talented and passionate, Ruby Schmidt leaves west Texas and rancher Bismarck Behrens for art school in Philadelphia. There she is challenged both as an artist and a woman, on one hand longing to break free of the strictures imposed on her by society yet still bound by her old life and the love she found there. Ms. Schafer does a marvelous job of bringing her characters to life. I felt Ruby’s deep desire to express herself creatively, her love for Bismarck, her wonder at the alternative possibilities offered to her in Philadelphia, her joy and her pain as she embarks on a different kind of romance with fellow artist Willow Wicke, her strength as she struggles to carve out a life of meaning in a society that was and yet in some ways wasn’t different from today. Ms. Schafer also brings both Bismarck and Willow to life as well, making me sympathize with them even when I didn’t always like them too much. ‘A Different Kind of Fire’ is a thought-provoking story of a woman seeking fulfillment, a ‘must read’ for anyone torn between the possibilities and seeking everything life has to offer them.

  • Janalyn Knight

    I read this book-without stop-until I finished. The characters were so well developed I felt I knew them personally. As an art major in college I was impressed at the depth and accuracy of artistic detail throughout the book. But more than that, the author wrote from the perspective of an artist's soul. As a romance enthusiast I was caught by the loves and losses of Ruby's life and the bittersweet happily-ever-after ending. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time.

  • Elena Mikalsen

    Great historical fiction. Quite unique as the main character is a bisexual artist and you don't usually read this kind of a historical novel. I really loved the author's voice. Ruby drew me in right away and I followed her eagerly on her journey to becoming an artist. The story starts in rural Texas and proceeds to an art school in Philadelphia. Lovely characters who came very much alive to me. I'd read this author again for sure.

  • Neg Dardashti

    A Different Kind of Fire is a unique historical romance in which the main character, Ruby, is a bisexual artist, creating an added layer of flare to the author's impeccable mastery of painting a picture and keeping her readers engaged. I loved how Ruby navigated with grace and strength through a time that was uncompr0mising and judgmental. Ruby came alive among the pages as I journeyed with her through love and loss, happiness and pain. I'd definitely recommend this book. A must read!

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