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Review of The Girl on the Tombstone by Betty Ruth Weatherby

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Back Cover Synopsis

Wilhelmina Sukovich is curious and determined to have her own By Line in the Sacramento Bee. Aged out at the Children’s Home Society orphanage, she attends night school and works herself up in the newspaper hierarchy. Her first big break comes as an assignment takes her to the small mountain town of San Andreas in the Gold Country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She searches out her father’s gravesite only to mysteriously be drawn to the artistry of an ancient tombstone nearby, Eliza Osbourne, 1868. Formidable ranchers and a widow befriend her in her quest to fulfill her assignment for school children and search for Eliza’s roots. World War II veteran, Charles, rescues Will from her misadventures. Who is he and why is he such a recluse? Why has he taken it upon himself to see she is safe?

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Author Bio

Miss Weatherby holds a BA from California State University, Stanislaus. She earned her teacher’s credentials from Chapman University, as well as a cross-cultural language and academic development certificate from Sacramento State University.

She is an active member of Sierra Baptist Church, in Pioneer, California and travels extensively.

Betty Ruth Weatherby currently lives with her dog, Buttons, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Visit on facebook.

Purchase link: 

You can purchase the book here.

Social Media

You can Betty Ruth Weatherby on Facebook here and on Amazon here.



I originally was really excited about reading this book, I loved the title of The Girl on The Tombstone:  Will’s Search to Belong.  Growing up my family basically moved every four years once I turned 9 years old, so I could completely relate to the idea of wanting to belong.  Being the mother of three sons, I found May’s boys in the book to be very similar to mine when they were those ages.  I could relate to Wilhelmina Sukovich’s determination  to have her own By Line in the Sacramento Bee.

The characters are relatable, even if they are not all likable at all times.  I found myself really disliking May’s mother-in-law.  The idea of losing your spouse and having to move on from that comes across effortlessly in the book.  The book is set in the 1950’s and occasionally I found myself having a hard time following what was going on in the story.  But overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.






I am a wife and homeschooling mother of 4. I am a Christian who firmly believes that Jesus Christ died for my sins. We are a military family who just relocated from Pennsylvania to Texas. I enjoy Bible journaling, reading, crocheting, scrapbooking and quilting. I am beginning to attempt art journaling.

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