For her 11th birthday, Lucy's grandmother gives her a ruby ring. Lucy discovers the ring has a secret; it grants two wishes to its wearer. She uses her first wish to travel back in time to 1885 where she finds herself hired as a maid to the very rich and very spoiled young Robert and Elizabeth at Langley castle. Lucy soon discovers that life as a maid in the Victorian era is not easy, but her new friend Nellie helps her adjust. When Lucy decides it is time to head home, she reaches for the ring only to discover that it is missing (GAHH! This part frustrates me every time!). I don't want to give everything away, but things get a little suspenseful and intense when Lucy's only chance to get home is to convince Robert (Wohoo! I love Robert!) and Elizabeth (Boo! I should let you make your own decision, but let me save you the trouble, she's a brat) that she is really from the future.
This book has delightful characters, a brisk plot, and so many wonderful details about life in the late 1880s that you'll find yourself researching recipes for mutton pie. My point? I want my own ruby ring, two wishes, and an Irish castle. Once you read The Secret of the Ruby Ring, I doubt your wish list will differ much from mine.