Last week I reviewed The Prophetess by Jill Eileen Smith which was the second book in her series, Daughters of the Promised Land. Today I’m reviewing the next book in that series, Redeeming Grace. I’m going to give the synopsis and then my thoughts. This review will be spoiler free.
When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative Elimelech moves his wife Naomi and their sons to Moab. For a while, it appears the Lord is blessing Elimelech’s family, and his sons marry two lovely Moabite women. But calamities strike, one after another, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land with only her childless daughters-in-law for comfort. When news reaches Naomi that the famine in Bethlehem has lifted, only Ruth will hazard the journey to her mother-in-law’s homeland. Destitute and downhearted, Naomi resigns herself to a life of bitter poverty, but Ruth holds out hope for a better future. And Boaz may be the one God has chosen to provide it.
I have always loved the story of Naomi and Ruth. I feel like Smith did a wonderful job weaving Biblical truth with fiction to create a powerful book. This book is my favorite of the series so far; but that might be because a lot of the topics that are prevalent throughout the book hit very close to home for me. Infertility, having patience and trusting in God is spoken about many times. I am currently dealing with infertility and nothing has shaken my faith as much as it has so this book was a very timely read for me. As with the other books in this series, this one can be read as a stand alone or with the others. It does revolve around Boaz who is Rahab’s son, the woman that the first book, The Crimson Cord, is about. Even so, you don’t have to read that book to understand this one. You can find the actual story of Naomi and Ruth in the Bible in the book of Ruth.
I highly recommend this series and this book. There is one more book in the series, A Passionate Hope, and I will be reviewing it soon. Have you read this series? Would you like to? Let me know! Thanks for reading and have a great day!