I really enjoy Biblical historical fiction and looked forward to reading Naomi And Her Daughters by Walter Wangerin Jr.
This was the first book I’ve read by this author and he certainly added some interesting twists to the age old story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. Don’t be fooled by the cover – this is not your typical “romantic” re-telling of the Ruth/Boaz story. This book is full of war and death and is grittier than you might anticipate so if you’re expecting a kind and gentle love story, you may be let down.
To be honest, I was caught off guard by the rough language and sexual innuendos. At times this story is a bit crude and I didn’t expect to find it in a title being marketed as Christian historical fiction. The book also begins with a rather grisly murder however, if those issues don’t concern you, then you will probably enjoy Naomi And Her Daughters.
You have to keep in mind that this is a work of fiction and the author includes characters who are not related to scripture. All in all, readers will need to decide for themselves if this is a book for them.
I would strongly caution parents to pre-read it before allowing their teens to pick it up.
This book was provided free for review by Zondervan