Sunday 27 December 2015

Book Review: Ruth's Redemption

From The Back:

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, 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.

My Reflections:

I absolutely loved this book!

Talk about immersing yourself in history! It was such a fabulous reminder of what humanity is capable of and such a good reminder that we need to stand up for what we believe in, one person can make a difference when God is on our side!
I was quickly drawn into this story by the sheer power of the subject matter and the superb style of writing by the author, Marlene Banks. I will surely be looking for this author's name in the future.

Ruth a feisty and courageous woman who is living in the shackles of slavery, her role: a breeding slave. Yes it is exactly as you may imagine she is forced to endure the shame of using her body as a means to increase the population of slaves. Desperation, despair and humiliation are constant companions to Ruth.

Things quickly take a turn for the better when she finds herself on the auction block and being sold. Can she learn to trust, love and lean on a God who she blames for her past imprisonment?

Bo a free ex slave purchases her freedom, merely on the urging of God's still quiet voice. Bo soon finds himself in deep with this willful and hurting woman. He is still holding dear to his late wife's memory and struggling with his role as Ruth's protector.

Things heat up in Tidewater and everyone involved need to decide for themselves whose side they are on. Stakes are high, lives are on the line.

Drama, intrigue and action fill this novel with enough substance to keep you reading, while tender moments melt your heart and make you rally against the brutalities of this world.

Definitely a must read! We must never forget to listen to that still small voice no matter what the world around us says, It may make a life of a difference to someone.

I received this book free of charge in return for my honest review from Moody Publishing. Thank you Moody!

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