One genre I’ve grown to really enjoy, thanks to a handful of solid authors, is biblical fiction. When an author is committed to scripture and research, beautiful works are the result. One such person? The lovely Tessa Afshar. In her latest, we dive into the intriguing world of Ruth with In the Field of Grace.
Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi’s, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.
But God has other plans for her life. While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor. Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi’s chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better.
Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that ultimately changes the course of Israel’s destiny and the future of the whole world.
Ruth is such a beautiful story and not only did this read bring to life the culture and historical time period, but I really enjoyed how Afshar brought to life Boaz, Ruth and Naomi. One such way I wasn’t expecting? Diving more into their individual lives of both Ruth and Boaz before their lives crossed paths.
Another favorite piece of the story was the side stories. Ruth and Boaz’ lives affected many people and I appreciated Afshar bringing that to readers (Dinah, Adin, etc). These people helped to understand our main characters more as well as how life was back then. While Harvest of Rubies still holds the title as my favorite Afshar novel :), I still enjoyed the sweet story of Boaz and Ruth.
Have y’all had a chance to read any of Tessa’s novels? She also recently won a Christy Award for Harvest of Gold too!
(Thank you to River North Fiction for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)