Disregarded by her birth family, Ruth's desire to belong is satisfied in her marriage to Mahlon, a kind man whose mother, Naomi, treats Ruth as her own daughter. When Mahlon and his brother die, Ruth and Naomi journey to Bethlehem, Naomi's former homeland. Desperate for food and income, Ruth gleans, picking up the pieces left behind by the field reapers employed by Boaz. As the camaraderie between Ruth and Boaz transforms into romantic inklings, both are convinced that they can never be together. Will love find a way? Read more in Tessa Afshar's In the Field of Grace.
In the Field of Grace
by Tessa Afshar is a Biblical retelling of the Book of Ruth. The
author used plenty of literary license to add story details and
character motives, but also inserted quotes from the Book of Ruth.
Throughout the story, various characters are taught spiritual lessons
which became the themes of the book. At times, I felt like characters
learned certain lessons too easily. Without enough internal struggle
or tension, the development seemed a bit inauthentic. Still, themes
such as surrendering what one wants most into God's care and
accepting God's will with joy even when circumstances are hard are
primary messages in the book that will resonate with Christian
readers. I enjoyed the storyline and interspersed humor. In
the Field of Grace is
a keeper that I'm likely to re-read.
who liked Pearl
in the Sand
by Tessa Afshar will enjoy In
the Field of Grace
as there are substantial similarities in characters and plot. I
the Field of Grace
to Christian readers looking for a historical romance combined with
prevalent spiritual themes.
Read an excerpt for In the Field of Grace on Tessa Afshar's website.
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