MY REVIEW: 5 STARS OUT OF 5
As one who has long been intrigued by the story of Ruth as recorded in the Holy Bible, I was curious to see how author H.B. Moore could take what little we know from four chapters in the Old Testament and create a fictionalized novel. I was very pleased with the author’s work and applaud her skill and talent in creating a captivating read while maintaining a stronghold to the scriptural account.
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. As a result of the death of Naomi’s sons, including Ruth’s husband, Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi, set out to take a pilgrimage of uncertainty as they seek the support of their selves with full reliance on and faith in the Lord. In an ancient society which primarily favors men higher than women, it was a daunting yet courageous journey that these two women took. Theirs was not an easily traveled journey, and their difficulties and challenges continued after their arrival in Bethlehem where they hoped to gain favor with Naomi’s kinsmen. With the help of relatives and acquaintances of their mutual faith, Ruth and Naomi demonstrate endurance, and create a life of sustenance and continued hope. 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.
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.
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.
ALICE M. BATZEL
Published Playwright, Journalist, Freelance Writer
First off, this cover is extraordinary! I love the artwork and the feeling it gives about the story of Ruth. This tale is familiar to me from studying the Bible, but Moore pulls in wonderful details about the customs, cultures, and the land that help me understand on a deeper level how important the choices that Ruth made were to Naomi.
This was a quick read as I found myself intrigued to know how the ancient customs might interfere with Ruth's chance at love with Boaz. I truly appreciate Moore's skill in bringing this event from the past to the consciousness of the reader in a way that I felt like I was viewing the events. I highly recommend Ruth by H.B. Moore and ALL of the books she's written!
I have always loved the story of Ruth in the Bible, it's one of my very favorites! I loved the way the author wrote this book, it helped me be able to see the story from the Bible even more in my mind than I usually do. I loved the way this book was a quick and easy book for me to read!
I loved Ruth. I really loved the way the book starts with her married to Mahlon. You really get to see inside how life would have been for Ruth and Naomi living in Moab. It gave me a greater understanding and appreciation for the story in the Bible and how things would have been. I loved how Ruth was so loyal to Naomi, she is in the Bible, but you see it even more in the book.
Then you get to see things through Boaz's eyes too. I loved how the author really fleshed out his character. Wow, I would have never thought of the way she portrayed him. I loved his kindness, charity and sense of honor. He truly is a great guy in the story!
Then there's the setting. I could almost see and feel the hot, dry area and the people who would have been acclimated to living there. The plot line follows the Bible story really well, I loved that I knew what was coming next plot-wise, but I obviously didn't know how the author was going to work it all in.
This book is so great! I loved every bit of it!
This biblical story features Ruth and Boaz. Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi, lose everything in Moab. When Naomi decides to head back to the land of her roots, Bethlehem, Ruth goes with her since she has become converted to the one true God of the Hebrews. She is determined to look out for Naomi, who has been so kind to her. This author does an excellent job of casting great characters. I didn’t think I’d really get into Ruth’s story, because there isn’t a lot to it in the Bible, but Moore painted rich, deep characters and pulled into the ancient setting in a captivating way. Ruth is a kind, gentle soul. Boaz has led an interesting life. I loved getting an idea for my imagination to run with as the author described the threshing house and other tidbits about Bethlehem back in that day. The romantic tension was great in here too, and I felt my heart tugged back and forth as Boaz and Ruth both deal with their own demons they must overcome. Overall, this was an excellent read that I couldn’t put down. I read it in two days, which kind of shocked me. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Once again I was completely immersed in the setting and in the lives and emotions of the characters! I absolutely loved how the author brought the familiar Bible story to life with historical details that are shared with authenticity. We meet Ruth and Boaz just before each of their lives are about to change drastically and witness their grief and transition as they adjust. I loved Ruth's relationship with Naomi and the wisdom she learns from her. Ruth's loyalty and devotion to Naomi speaks of her character and does not go unnoticed by Boaz. Their relationship develops as Boaz protects Ruth and the various members of their families urge them each to remarry. The emphasis on faithfulness and virtue as desirable attributes in a wife and kindness and goodness as desirable attributes in a husband was refreshing and made me admire Boaz and Ruth for the choices they made. A wonderful Biblical novel that made me appreciate the sacrifices and lives of these historical individuals.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
This is an authors inspiring interpretation of the biblical story of Ruth,
The research done in presenting this view of the story of Ruth is very apparent. It fits into the traditions and mannerisms we know of during that time period in history.
This is the touching tale of cultural differences, ofttimes. prejudices and corruption
It is a testament of faith.
Ruth was thrilled when at her cousin's marriage, she was introduced to her cousin's new, younger brother-in-law. They got along so well and his offer of marriage saved her from an arranged marriage she had no desire to be a part of. She was amiable to the idea of changing her religion to this new Hebrew one, as did her cousin.
This Hebrew family had been given permission to dwell in the land of Moab. However, after over a decade, rustlers destroyed it all with no help from neighbors or the authorities.
Destitute, Naomi was left no other choice but to go back to Bethlehem and seek for the charity from relatives. Ruth refused to stay in Moab and insisted on following her mother-in-law to her land, worshiping and trusting in her God.
This is written simply, yet, very touchingly It "flow" smoothly forward, never losing the reader's attention.
This earns a Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me wit no petition for a positive review. This is my honest review.