A Different Kind of Fire by Suanne Schafer

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 produce, Ruby embraces bohemian life. Her burgeoning sexuality drives her into a...

Details A Different Kind of Fire

TitleA Different Kind of Fire
Release DateNov 1st, 2018
PublisherWaldorf Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews A Different Kind of Fire

  • Emily Mims
    A sweeping saga of a woman torn between two worldsSet 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 wo...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 sty...
  • 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 bes...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Orna
    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 fiancé, as well as the vastness of desert land that she loves, and sets off to tarnished, industrial Philadelphia to pursue her dream, she becomes, to this reader, a woman-to-look-up-to in the best sense of ...
  • 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 defin...
  • Suanne
    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, the young woman is accepted into a prestigious art school. After her fiance promises to wait for a year, she leaves for Philadelphia, where she learns brilliant tech...
  • Randee Green
    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 fiancé to attend art school in Philadelphia. At first, life at art school in the big city seems like everything Ruby had dreamed of as she perfects her techniques, makes new friends, and expands her horizons. After an affair with another woman, a disastrous marriage to an Italian noble...
  • Deborah Bluestein
    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 the interpersonal dynamic between the lovers whose gender is secondary to the attractions that bind them to each other. Aside from Ruby's passions for her lovers, he...
  • Amanda Bennett
    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 opposition to many of choices I've made in my life. I loved getting lost in her bohemian experiences at art school and how it impacted her relationships with her lov...
  • Amanda Skenandore
    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 portrait of love and heartbreak, ambition and strife, sexism and resilience. The author’s depictions of setting—both the rugged Texas landscape and the bustling Phila...