Dear Ruth is a short story penned by Bronwyn Parry. Set in 1970, it tells the tale of love of Patrick O’Connell and his beloved, Ruth. 


We live in a time when urbanization is the norm. There are very few places left that still retain the beauty of nature. The rustic charm of small towns is rare to behold as well. Bronwyn Parry brings to us snapshots of nature’s wild beauty and pictures of small-town life in her beautiful books. 

In her lovely short story, Dear Ruth, Bronwyn Parry takes us back to 1970. Set in Dungirri, a small town in the Australian outback, the story revolves around Patrick O’Connell and his beloved, Ruth. Patrick had always been a  wanderer. So, he did not mind when his sister permitted the new school teacher, Ruth, to stay in his cottage while the school teacher’s house was being rebuilt. While staying at his home, Ruth started penning letters to Patrick. He found himself writing to her about his travels as well. In fact, he even wrote her letters that he never intended to send. When he met her for the first time at the dance in Dungirri, instant sparks flew. Both Patrick and Ruth knew that they could have something special. 

Did Patrick and Ruth have something special or did the sparks fizzle over time? What happened to the letters? Did Patrick ever show them to Ruth? 

Dear Ruth is a succinct yet solid love story. In just a few pages, Brownyn Parry was able to bring out the depth of affection between Patrick and Ruth. Very few authors are able to do so. Parry’s writing style is beautiful. Her choice of words is masterful. We can very well imagine ourselves back in the 1970s attending a dance in rural Australia. It is easy for us to find ourselves by Patrick’s side as he writes his letters to his beloved Ruth under a sky filled with billion stars. We are able to appreciate the beauty of the outback and dusty plains. 

Brownyn Parry’s debut novel is the award-winning book, As Darkness Falls. The book follows Isabelle O’Connell and Alec Goddard. Patrick and Ruth are Isabelle’s parents. Those who had already read As Darkness Falls would truly enjoy reading about Patrick and Ruth’s first encounter. Those who have not will find themselves intrigued about Isabelle’s life after reading Dear Ruth. Parry helpfully includes an excerpt from As Darkness Falls to entice her readers. She also includes the first few chapters from Dark Country, Dead Heart, and Darkening Skies. All these excerpts give us a detailed idea of Parry’s masterful writing style. Her stories are suspenseful yet have a human element. They deal with seemingly flawed characters with complicated pasts. Parry’s books not only bring to us the beauty of rural Australia but also show us that everyone deserves a chance in life. I found myself interested in all her books. I would definitely be reading more of Brownyn Parry’s books. 

Overall, Dear Ruth, penned by Brownyn Parry, is a heartwarming tale of love. I recommend this book to fans of romance and nature. People who have an interest in the Australian outback and romantic suspense novels should definitely give all of Parry’s books a try. 

Book Details

  • Title: Dear Ruth
  • Author: Bronwyn Parry
  • Genre: Romance
  • Theme: Love, Nature
  • Publication Date: August 27 2013
  • ISBN or ASIN: B00EVP8A98
  • Number of Pages: 70
  • Minimum Audience Age: 12

Book Themes

(Note: 0=none, 1=a few, 2=considerable, 3=pronounced, 4=excessive)

  • Sexual themes: 1
  • Religious themes: 0
  • Violence, self-harm, etc.: 0
  • Crude language, expletives, swearing, etc.: 1
  • Other adult themes: 0


  • Content: 5 stars
  • Writing Style: 5 stars
  • Appeal to Target Audience: 5 stars
  • Uniqueness: 5 stars
  • Editing: 5 stars
  • Other factors: 4 stars
  • Overall: 4.8 out of 5

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By Kajori Sheryl Paul

Reading is my passion, and writing is my compulsion. I started reading from a very early age. Since then, I have not stopped. I have garnered this addiction from my father. I have always loved reading his books. As you can see, books are my world. I escape this world to traverse the world of my books. Naturally, I have an affinity to create worlds of my own. There are thoughts constantly swirling in my head. These are the thoughts that I jot down. Sometimes, they become poems while sometimes stories. More often than not, they are just reviews of the plethora of books I read and the things I do.

One thought on “A Book Review by Kajori: “Dear Ruth” by Bronwyn Parry”
  1. There’s indeed something magical about small towns and something nostalgic about the lost epistolary art. So I love that this book hits both targets. Lovely review!