Last year, my husband came with me to a book signing in Sullivan County New York 65 miles north of Manhattan. It was a lazy drive up route 17. I hadn’t been to this area in years. We were deep in some conversation when I stopped talking and stared out the window. We passed a road sign that sparked my memory, Mamakating. I stretched to see out the window and let me mind wander.
I knew the inn there had burned down decades ago. But flashes of happy times came to mind. When I was young, my parents took my brother, sister, and me to Mamakating Inn for the summer. Aside from going into peals of laughter every time I heard the name, I remember how excited I was at spending the days at the clubhouse doing lots of activities, playing games, swimming in the huge (I was young everything looked huge) pool.
My brother and sister are older than me and spent time with friends. My brother played on the Inn’s baseball and swim team. My sister was a counselor with the older kids. Mom spent time with the ladies.
Dad worked during the week and came up on the weekends. Each week we prepared for something special for the weekend. Weekends were special; a talent show, pajama party (that’s me playing peek-a-boo at the pajama party), masquerade party (Mom got a deck of large playing cards and stapled them onto my clothes – I can’t find the picture. My sister is the keeper of the family photos), or camp show. Every evening ended with a barn fire and s’mores.
I had mixed feelings about going home after Labor Day. Pack up was a chore, but Dad made the ride fun. We sang songs and played car games on the ride. We always stopped for dinner at the same roadside restaurant.
Mamakating Inn closed when I was ten. By then my sister was engaged and my brother got summer jobs at hotels in the Catskills. My summers were spent at home with friends. But Mamakating Inn… those were the summer vacations I remember best.
Hugh - Sons of Sagamore
Family secrets filled with intrigue, treachery, and a 30-year-old murder must be resolved or he'll lose her forever
Hugh Talbot is a self-made man who built his fortune one coin at a time. One of the wealthiest men in England, people vie to be his client. He is a loyal man who is instinctive and decisive by nature and bases his business on honesty and trust. An eligible bachelor sought after by every mother with a single daughter, he has no interest in a relationship, until he falls wholeheartedly in love with Charlotte.
Lady Charlotte Eden and her father recently from France have taken up residence at their long-neglected family estate in England. A methodical well-organized archery champion she is introduced to Hugh by a mutual friend. His support of her archery endears him to her, add his honesty and good humor and she is doomed. Theirs is not a budding romance. It is in full bloom.
When Hugh introduces Charlotte the daughter of Lord Miles Eden, the Earl of Sagamore to his family, a decades old scandal filled with intrigue, treachery, and murder comes to light. Hugh’s family is turned upside down when his father announces he is the true Earl of Sagamore who had denounced his title and legacy and that his uncle Lord Miles Eden, was killed in a duel three decades ago.
His world in shambles, Hugh’s loyalty to his family will be tested when he must decide if blood is thicker than water.
More About Ruth
I’m Ruth A. Casie and I write historical and contemporary romance. You might be wondering what I’m about. Sit back and let me tell you. I’m happiest when I’m telling stories either chatting in a group or writing them down. I love to put my hero and heroine in tough situations and dare them to work it out—together, always together. They haven’t disappointed. Oh, they complain but in the end their love and relationships are stronger than ever. Here are five things you probably don’t know about me. 1. I filled my passport up in one year. 2. I have three series. The Druid Knight stories are a historical time travel series. The Stelton Legacy is historical fantasy about the seven sons of a seventh son. Havenport Romances are stories set in a small coast Rhode Island town. I also write stories in the connected world the Pirates of Britannia. 3. I did a rap to “How Many Trucks Can a Tow Truck Tow If a Tow Truck Could Tow Trucks.” 4. When I cook I dance. 5. My Sudoku book is in the bathroom. I’m not saying anything else about that. My stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Their stories will keep you turning the pages until the end. I hope my stories become your favorite adventures. I’m a USA Today bestselling author.