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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ruth's Redemption

Cafe Lily's Review:

When I started this book, I wasn't expecting it to be a spin-off of the Old Testament "Ruth / Naomi / Boaz" story in the Bible, but as the chapters began to unfold, it was clear that the author was making the connection.  

The story revolves around Bo, an educated ex-slave, who has made a good life for himself and gained his freedom.  Using his blessings to help free other slaves, he finds himself unexpectedly drawn to Ruth, the slave woman he buys off the auction block and takes into his home, after he sees that she is beaten and homeless.   Ruth has been used as a "breeder" and is fearful of men.   She comes to Bo with walls around her heart and used to only one thing; being used and abused.

Bo's mother-in-law Naomi, encourages Bo to open not only his home, but also his heart to Ruth, and to move past his grief after losing his beloved wife.   Bo isn't sure if he's ready for the challenges Ruth poses, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.   Bo is a believer, Ruth is not.  She doesn't trust men and she definitely doesn't trust God.   She's wounded and suspicious, and Bo's afraid to fall in love again.   The walls between them seem impossible to overcome and they face many challenges along the way.

Overall, this story was difficult to read due to the language usage.  I love historical fiction and while I understand the time period and the slavery setting, Ruth's manner of speaking is hard to follow and after awhile, cumbersome to read.   I wish it weren't so, because the subject matter is very interesting and it is a part of history we all should know more about. 

If you can get past the difficult verbage, this is a wonderful story of redemption and restoration.


Marlene Banks has worked 30+ years combined in nursing and the business arena. Her goal as a writer is to create inspiring, gripping and realistic stories with an emphasis on African American literature. She believes her gift and desire to write is from God and desires to use it to fulfill His purposes. Marlene lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she is a member of Bethel Deliverance International Church.


Set in the 1800s, Ruth's Redemption, is an unusual depiction of the lives of slaves and free blacks in pre-Civil War America. Bo, a main character, was educated while a slave. He was given his freedom and now owns a farm buying slaves for the sole purpose of giving them their freedom.

Bo is also a man of God and widower whose life is destined to change when he meets the proud and hard-hearted slave girl, Ruth. Ruth has known nothing but servitude and brutality since being separated from her mother at age thirteen. Purchased and sold primarily for breeding, Ruth struggles to adjust to life outside of bondage. She wants no part of Bo's Godly devotion. Yet Bo is unlike any man she's known and her experiences with him will leave her forever changed.

A gripping slave era novel, Ruth's Redemption is a story of love, forgiveness, and redemption. Set against the backdrop of the Nat Turner Rebellion in Tidewater, Virginia, this novel shines the light of God's unconditional love in the darkness of a culture's cruel socially accepted inhumanity.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Ruth's Redemption, go HERE.

Disclosure of Material Connection:

I received this book free from Moody Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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