by Heather B. Moore

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781524404833
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 573,974
File size: 1 MB

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Ruth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Alice_M_Batzel More than 1 year ago
“CAPTIVATING RETELLING OF A TREASURED ACCOUNT FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT” NARRATIVE REVIEW: From the first sentence of chapter one, it’s clear that this is a personal story and H.B. Moore intends its reading as an account of “what could/might have been” for Ruth of the Old Testament, yet she skillfully meshes her creative literary work with the scriptural account. Ruth and Naomi's journey is not sparse on trials and adversity, but most importantly, there is a vivid depiction of Ruth’s determination to not only survive but to thrive by clinging to her conversion to the Hebrew faith as her compass for her life’s decision making. I particularly enjoyed the way H. B. Moore portrays the interactions and develops the relationship between Ruth and Boaz. I also greatly enjoyed Ruth’s gumption to do whatever it took to maintain her virtue and demonstrate honor for her faith, her late husband, and her mother-in-law by holding firmly to her converted faith. Her character was inspirational. As a reader, it reminded me that throughout one’s life, we might need to declare our conversion of faith again and again to demonstrate our sincere steadfast dedication to the Lord and his holy words, and thereby stay our course. The setting is vivid in the reader’s mind with descriptions that tap into all the senses. The story successfully utilizes cultural customs, clashes of difference in belief systems, the manner of dress/fashion of the period, the daily life in the home and community. Likewise illustrated throughout the story are examples of the hierarchy within the Hebrew family structure and the vulnerability yet the importance of women especially in sustaining life during harsh/desperate circumstances. It was easy to follow the perspective of the storytelling from chapter to chapter due to the author’s chapter headings illustrating either Ruth or Boaz, thus keeping the reader’s interest and comprehension anchored. The secondary characters, both historical and fictional, provide conflict, interest, depth, and dimension resulting in an enjoyable and rich story. The secondary characters, both historical and fictional, provide conflict, interest, depth, and dimension resulting in an enjoyable and rich story. Overall, the story of Ruth is a victory of the human spirit, triumph over trials and adversity, based on a foundation of religious conversion. Author H.B. Moore successfully brings significant emotional value to the satisfying conclusion of her portrayal of the story of Ruth with an honorable marriage to Boaz and a posterity for which she had long desired. This novel is well-crafted and very enjoyable to read. CONCLUSION: I consider RUTH to be my favorite read of 2018 thus far. I enjoyed it so much that I will be including a copy in the GIVEAWAY that my writer’s website will be hosting later this year during National Authors Week. After reading this novel and drafting a preliminary review, RUTH garnered some rather prestigious literary recognition: • BEST OF STATE - UTAH 2018: LITERARY ARTS, FICTION • FINALIST, HISTORICAL ROMANCE - 2018 WHITNEY AWARDS COMPETITION, LDSTORYMAKERS. I give this novel a strong favorable recommendation for reading. It will appeal to both female and male readers across generations, and it will have particular appeal to readers who enjoy reading novels based upon accounts recorded in the Holy Scriptures. Reviewed by: ALICE M. BATZEL Published Playwright, Journalist, Freelance Writer
mara1108 More than 1 year ago
Once I got into this book I didn't want to stop reading it. I knew the story of Ruth--her husband dies and she takes responsibility for her mother-in-law, Naomi. When they move to Bethlehem from Moab she goes to glean in Boaz's (one of Naomi's kinsmen) wheat fields with the other handmaidens so she and Naomi can survive. Boaz's wife left him, their young daughter, and her religion to worship Baal. Boaz meets Ruth when she comes to glean in his fields, and he notices her goodness and how she takes care of Naomi. I loved this story and how Heather B. Moore makes the characters come to life. She makes it easy to picture everything in my head as I read. Heather B. Moore is one of my favorite authors, but this is only the second historical fiction I've read by her. The other was Eve: In the Beginning, and I really enjoyed that one too. I know she's written several others and has another one coming out that I plan to read.
AE2 More than 1 year ago
When her husband dies, Ruth, who has converted to her husband's religion, decides to leave Moab and return to Bethlehem with her mother-in-law Naomi. She is determined to provide for herself and Naomi, and she's grateful when Boaz, a relative of Naomi's, allows her to glean his fields. She finds herself drawn to Boaz, even though she knows that a prosperous landowner can't be interested in an impoverished widow. When Boaz's wife disappeared, he tracked her down, hoping against hope that she would want to return to him and their daughter. She doesn't--instead, she has rejected not only Boaz but also their faith. When Ruth and Naomi arrive in Bethlehem, Boaz can't help but notice Ruth's goodness. I loved this book! Boaz and Ruth were both such engaging characters, as they're striving to do what's right even as they're hurting. I also enjoyed the details about what life in Bethlehem at the time would have been like. This was a captivating story! I received a complimentary ARC; all opinions are my own.