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 Ruby Schmidt has the talent, the drive, even the guts to enroll in art school, leaving behind her childhood home and the ...

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Title:A Different Kind of Fire
Author:Suanne Schafer
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:A Different Kind of Fire
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:390 pages pages

A Different Kind of Fire Reviews

  • Y.Z.
    Dec 06, 2018
    This novel not only aptly explores the challenges of being a bisexual woman in America before women got the vote, but it also details the dilemma of being an artist far away from the cultural centers of metropolitan cities. The book reminds us there are infinite ways to be an artist, a...
  • Carrie
    Jan 17, 2019
    Ruby's story drew me in, and I was fascinated by her journey. Schafer has given us a realistic, complex character who is both bound by her time and seeking to rise above it. I wanted to know how Ruby would learn how to balance her various passions, and Schafer kept me eagerly turning p...
  • Rebecca
    Oct 05, 2018
    Set in the 1890s, Ruby is torn between Bismarck, her childhood sweetheart, and her desire to create art. Biz, as Ruby fondly calls him, begrudgingly agrees to wait for her for a year while she leaves Texas and attends art school in Philadelphia. Once there, however, her views on life a...
  • Gail Hart
    Sep 04, 2017
    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 remarkabl...
  • Caroline
    Oct 01, 2017
    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...
  • Elena Mikalsen
    Nov 09, 2017
    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 ...
  • Cathy
    Jan 19, 2019
    I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I waver back and forth between loving and hating the characters. I disliked Ruby for the way she treated Bismarck, and I disliked Bismark for allowing it -- over and over. I liked Ruby for her independence and for her journey of self-disco...
  • Diane
    Nov 01, 2018
    This book was beautifully written and opened my mind to different kinds of love. It also evoked the west Texas climate and countryside in such a way that I was able to see it and love it as much as the author obviously does. Ruby was a believable character as she struggles with how to ...
  • Suanne
    Sep 01, 2017
    5-star review from Readers' Favorites: "In A Different Kind of Fire by Suanne Schafer, a young artist in Texas in the late 1800s is betrothed to a man she has loved since childhood. Women's rights were barely heard of, let alone spoken about, during this time. Ever the wayward child, t...
  • Amanda Skenandore
    Oct 30, 2018
    This novel bears the reader through the final years of the 19th century and into the 20th alongside protagonist Ruby Schmidt. Born on a cattle ranch in Texas, Ruby aspires to be a painter and leaves her home for Philadelphia to hone her prodigious talent. What follows is a vivid portra...
  • Trish
    Nov 13, 2018
    I used to read voraciously, until two years ago when tragedy battered our family for the better part of a year. Since then I've had to struggle to get through reading anything longer than a few paragraphs. It's very frustrating because I love reading... I just don't have the concentrat...
  • Renee
    Mar 04, 2018
    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?...
  • Angela Pneuman
    Oct 10, 2017
    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...
  • Emily Mims
    Oct 17, 2017
    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. T...
  • Luanne Castle
    Nov 16, 2018
    Review coming soon. ...
  • Amanda Bennett
    Oct 30, 2018
    The story was so beautifully written I couldn't put it down. When I needed to step away, Ruby followed, and after I finished the book, I felt like I had endured something important. Ruby's internal struggles have stayed with me and made me question how my own artistic pursuits are in o...
  • Kathryn Gauci
    Dec 07, 2018
    A woman's struggle to fulfil her desire to be an artist and balance this with the constraints of a woman's role in American society at the time. I was originally drawn to this novel because the protagonist is an artist and I was curious to know more about the art world at that time. Se...
  • Michael Hardesty
    Sep 04, 2017
    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 t...
  • K. Loomis
    Nov 15, 2018
    This book is much more than your typical romance novel, although all the romance elements are strongly present and drive the overall plot. I thoroughly enjoyed the explorations of early feminism, art, history, prejudice, and social injustice as much as I did the love story. This book r...
  • Dianne Freeman
    Jul 05, 2018
    Art is a calling for Ruby Schmidt?if she couldn?t paint, she might as well curl up and die. Unfortunately, there are a few obstacles standing between her and the thing that makes her whole. First, it?s 1891 and few art schools even admit women, and if they do, they expect a speci...
  • Emily Tillinghast
    Apr 25, 2018
    A fantastic debut by Suanne Schafer! Protagonist Ruby Schmidt is a fearless woman who dreams of becoming a painter in the 19th century Gilded Age. She defies convention as she navigates her affections for both a man and a woman all while pursuing her passion as an artist. The sweeping ...
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    Mar 14, 2018
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  • Randee Green
    Oct 12, 2018
    Ruby Schmidt ? not yet ready to settle into a hardscrabble, restricted life as a wife and mother on a ranch in 1890s West Texas ? leaves behind her family and fiancÚ to attend art school in Philadelphia. At first, life at art school in the big city seems like everything Ruby had d...
  • Deborah Bluestein
    Oct 30, 2018
    The author sent me a copy of this book to review. Being a slow reader I thought it would take me a long time to read it, but it was such an easy and compelling read I kept coming back to it and read it in just a few days. I like the way the emphasis in the relationships is more about t...
  • Kaska-Boom!
    Jan 19, 2019
    I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I waver back and forth between loving and hating the characters. I disliked Ruby for the way she treated Bismarck, and I disliked Bismark for allowing it -- over and over. I liked Ruby for her independence and for her journey of self-disco...
  • Janalyn Knight
    Nov 04, 2017
    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...
  • Neg Dardashti
    Aug 28, 2018
    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...
  • Denise
    Nov 03, 2018
    A more than powerful read. As a debut novel for author Suanne Schafer, her descriptive talents are intense. A Different Kind of Fire is riveting, heartbreaking, challenging, yet informative to the time period. The characters are well rounded; some extreme, some fiery and impassio...
  • Joyce Stewart
    Nov 26, 2018
    Suanne Schafer A Different Kind of Fire 5 ????? From the Back Cover Torn between her childhood sweetheart, her forbidden passion for another woman, the nobleman she had to marry, and her dream of becoming a painter, Ruby's choices mold her in ways she could never have f...
  • Orna
    Apr 07, 2018
    Rubby is the most fun loving, hardworking, open-minded 19th Century Wonder Woman. She is A Different Kind of Fire?s heroine, decorating this terrific novel with her unwavering spirit. As she leaves her beloved home in Texas, her family and fiancÚ, as well as the vastness of desert...