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Publisher's Summary

When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was 20 and he was 40. She was the carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life. She was newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had never asked a woman to do more than help him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love so much as they simply found each other and held on for dear life.

In A Virtuous Woman, Kaye Gibbons transcends her early promise, creating a multilayered and indelibly convincing portrait of two seemingly ill-matched people who somehow miraculously make a marriage.

©1997 Kaye Gibbons (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Kaye Gibbons shows us the secret core of love that easily outlasts death. It's invisible mastery - but mastery all the same." (Reynolds Price)

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  • Valerie
  • Simpsonville, SC, United States
  • 07-04-14

Disappointment

This book is nothing like its summary. It was hard to follow because of its dual narrator. It does not convey Ruth's virtue. Major disappointment.

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  • Deb
  • New Milford, CT, United States
  • 04-30-12

Unconditional Love

A heartwarming story about a plain couple but their love endures. I loved the narration and found myself laughing out loud during the story. What intrigued me was trying to figure out what time period the story took place. A very "non romantic" love story.