The Two Ruths

by Martha Emily Bellinger



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/7/2018

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 138
ISBN : 9781480858718
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 138
ISBN : 9781480858732
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 138
ISBN : 9781480858725

About the Book

In 1950, after her father passes away, Ruthie Stein knows she will continue to take care of their family’s dairy farm, as she has always done, while also looking after her mother. But when her mother falls and breaks her hip less than two years later, Ruthie soon finds she cannot get by on her own.


Her neighbors, the Packers, recommend that their cousin Ruth, who is single and unemployed, come and assist Ruthie with her mother in exchange for room, board, and a small amount of money. The two women soon become close friends—and then discover that their relationship goes even deeper than friendship, into an unexpected romantic love. Although they must be very careful while together in public, the two women blend their lives together over the course of the next decade and manage to find true happiness in one another. But when Ruthie suffers a bad fall, they must reevaluate how they’ll proceed in their future.


In this novel, set in rural Upstate New York in the 1950s and 1960s, two women meet, fall in love, and build a life together, in spite of the secrecy that society of the time requires.

About the Author

Martha Emily Bellinger, a retired California Superior Court judge, was raised on an Upstate New York dairy farm during the 1950s and 1960s. She was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1974. Discovering her true sexual orientation as a lesbian and understanding her church’s prejudice against LGBT people, she remained in the closet but left the ministry after three years to pursue a legal education. She is also the author of From Robe to Robe.