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Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens: Review, Tour, and Giveaway

About the Book

Shadow amonght Sheaves

Book: Shadow Among Sheaves

Author: Naomi Stephens

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release Date: April, 2019

A Timeless, Beautiful Allegory of the Biblical Love Story of Ruth and Boaz

The Great Rebellion of 1857 was a remarkably bloody business. At a time when Britain’s imperial influence in India was sparking brutal clashes on both sides, no one could have expected Rena, an Indian woman, to marry a British officer—nor do they understand her decision to follow her mother-in-law to England after her husband’s tragic death.

Once the two widows are in Abbotsville, the stern yet compassionate Lord Barric attempts to help them despite his better judgment. Soon he is torn between the demands of reputation and his increasing desire to capture Rena’s heart for his own.

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Book Review:

As a retelling of the book of Ruth, Shadow Among Sheaves takes a story we know and brings it into a new light. I’ll be honest, I wanted to love it because I love the book of Ruth. That’s one thing that makes Biblical retellings so difficult. They are open to interpretation and the expectations we have as readers cannot always be met by the authors.

What I loved:

Rena is a powerful character. She gave up everything to follow Nell and suffered indomitable pain while facing starvation after they arrived in England. But she never gives up. With the exception of Nell, every single person she meets acts unkindly at some point. Even when William is kind, he’s always warning Rena. When this could have pulled Rena into a pit of despair and anger, she trudges forward.

The writing style. Naomi Stephens has a wonderful writing style filled with beautiful prose and vivid descriptions. Her style firmly anchors you in the setting and fills your mind with wonderful details.

What I didn’t love:

(These are my personal preferences and I am not detracting stars for my personal opinion. But I almost did.)

Three curse words. All of them very late in the book. When I read the first one, my brain screeched to a halt as I sat there blinking and shaking my head. In my opinion, curse words have no place in Christian Fiction, no matter the time period, character actions, or culture. I’d rather read “he cursed” five hundred times than read a single curse word. However, I received an ARC and the words might have been removed for the final copy.

Rena’s journey to God is painfully slow. I’d always assumed Ruth already knew God. Naomi had two sons while Nell only has one. I understand the author’s creative license to tell the story however she wishes. As I’ve already stated, these are just my opinions and are not detracting from the star count.

About the Author

Naomi StephensNaomi Stephens is a bookworm turned teacher turned writer. She received a M.A. in English from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and now lives in Ohio with her husband, her two children, and a rascal of a dog named Sherlock.

More from Naomi

A Timeless, Beautiful Allegory of the Biblical Love Story of Ruth and Boaz

The Great Rebellion of 1857 was a remarkably bloody business. At a time when Britain’s imperial influence in India was sparking brutal clashes on both sides, no one could have expected Rena, an Indian woman, to marry a British officer—nor do they understand her decision to follow her mother-in-law to England after her husband’s tragic death.

Once the two widows are in Abbotsville, the stern yet compassionate Lord Barric attempts to help them despite his better judgment. Soon he is torn between the demands of reputation and his increasing desire to capture Rena’s heart for his own. Which will he choose? Find out in Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens.

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