Elimelech decides to move his wife and two sons to Moab when famine strikes his land in Bethlehem. While his family seems to flourish at first, Elimelech and his sons seem to accept the ways of the Moabites more and more the longer they live away from their own people. When he and both of his sons die in a foreign land, his wife Naomi finds herself virtually penniless and with only two childless, foreign daughters-in-law to show for the 10 years spent in Moab. When Naomi decides to return home to Bethlehem, her daughter-in-law Ruth decides to also leave Moab and its ways behind her, and embrace Naomi's people and their God.
After the years of famine, Boaz's land is finally producing bountiful harvests again, but after the sudden death of his beloved wife, he can't seem to see past his own grief and doubting. When his relative Naomi returns with the lovely Ruth, will Boaz finally accept the blessings God has chosen to give him?
With her typical talent, Jill Eileen Smith exquisitely tells the Biblical story of Ruth, Boaz, and Naomi in Redeeming Grace. As with most of Smith's novels, the reader already knows the end of the story, but Smith's additions of fascinating historical detail and beautiful story-telling make them anything but boring. I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into the tribe of Judah during the time of the Judges. While I knew there would have to be some heartache involved, the overall feeling of the story was much less depressing than Land of Silence. Rather than waiting for calamity throughout the entire novel, the reader gets to look forward to blessings and happy endings. This beautiful story of redemption and faith shouldn't be missed.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.