Synopsis from Goodreads:
Master storyteller and best-selling author H. B. Moore brings to life the biblical account of Ruth as never before in this vivid retelling of her courageous and faithful life.
Following the death of Ruth’s husband, she finds herself at a crossroads. Rather than return to her family and hometown, the young widow makes a remarkable decision: she will remain with her mother-in-law, Naomi, as her caretaker and companion.
Together, the two widows boldly leave behind the lives they knew in the land of Moab and make their way to Bethlehem, arriving downtrodden and destitute. Though Ruth works day and night to provide for Naomi, it is ultimately through the kindness and generosity of Boaz that the two women find respite from their trials. As Ruth comes to know Boaz, she finds that her broken heart is beginning to heal in ways she could never have imagined. But when a question of inheritance threatens any hope of a life with Boaz, Ruth may have to give up the last piece of her heart in order to secure her future.
First of all, I love Biblical Historical Fiction. It’s one of my favorite genres to read because I love seeing the Bible come alive in a story. “Ruth” was a quick, easy read that had me rooting for Ruth and Boaz like I would if I were watching a rom-com (“Just kiss her already, Boaz! You’re going to lose her to Gideon! Hurry! Stop the wedding!”).
If I had to complain about anything, I would say that the story was a little vanilla. The author didn’t stretch very far beyond the Biblical tale. She provided a few details and filled in a few blanks, but that was about it. With that being said, the factual parts of the story seem in-line with the Biblical tale, and accuracy is so important when dealing with these types of stories. I re-read through the Book of Ruth this morning, and the details provided in the Bible were included in H.B. Moore’s version of the story. The only area that might be a slight overstep was Boaz’s love for Ruth. The Bible doesn’t discuss whether Boaz had feelings for Ruth or whether he was just fulfilling his duties as kinsmen-redeemer. The Bible DOES note the interest Boaz showed in Ruth when she was working the fields, so I don’t think weaving a love story out of the Biblical account is outside the realm of creative license. I also liked how H.B. Moore took Biblical Boaz’s promise of protection from other men and used it to create a protagonist in Dan. It added a suspenseful side to the story.
Overall, the story of Ruth is a beautiful tale of love, loyalty, and faith that God will provide. It serves as a great reminder that God’s plans are greater than our own, and sometimes we can’t see how He is working in our lives to bring us something greater than we could ever imagine. I’d rate this book 3.5/5 stars.
One more note: This book does mention topics such as violence, race, sex, and sexual violence. However, I feel like the ratings aren’t necessarily a good reflection of the book. Yes, sex and sexual violence are mentioned. However, the WAY in which they are mentioned is very G-rated. The same is true for death and violence.