1890s Maine comes alive in Ruth Axtell Morren’s Her Good Name (River North), the story of an immigrant fisherman’s daughter, a lumber baron’s son and the damage lying lips can cause to a young woman’s reputation. Ruth has based her novel on the premise of 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things become new.”

“The other main spiritual thread,” explains Ruth, “is about one’s conduct before God—not being moved by what others think of you as long as you know you are living rightly before God.”

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2012 issue of FamilyFiction digital magazine. Subscribe for free today!

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About The Author

Ruth knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she wrote her first story -- a spy thriller -- at age twelve. Since then, Ruth has grown up to publish several historical romances. Her second historical, Wild Rose, was chosen by Booklist as a "Top Ten Christian Fiction" selection in 2005. Ruth lives on the coast of Maine where she enjoys gardening, walking, reading romances and gazing at the ocean plotting her next romance.