Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi’s home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left–a strong back and a willing heart–to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.
Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi. Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi. But his heart knows better.
In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar is the retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth and Boaz. The book starts off before Ruth meets Naomi, before her marriage(s), and gives a fictional look into what her life may have been like before she left her own family to be with her chosen family.
I really liked the character growth in the story. Each main character – and several secondary characters – had trials and tribulations and I enjoyed how Tessa Afshar brought them though, changing their personalities and hearts. Not only that, but all the people in the book, no matter how minor, were well written and had depth. It’s always appreciated when an author doesn’t throw people into the mix for no reason – I love when they all have a purpose.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I will definitely read another. Here writing style is fluid and easy to read. She makes Biblical fiction easy and enjoyable to read. While I did find it a bit repetitive in parts, I overall really enjoyed the book.
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review*