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.Read more...
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, her heart is filled with resentment andbitterness.Ruth 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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-11-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Bo Peace, a free black man in pre–Civil War Virginia, meets his future bride, Ruth, on an auction block. In her debut Christian historical novel, Banks-Benn expertly immerses readers in Ruth’s painful past as the former slave is transformed by her husband’s deep faith and love. The narrative pivots quickly through the homes of slaves, like Mara, who is jealous of Bo’s marriage, or Ephraim, who risks his life to save Mara from immoral slave catchers who threaten the uneasy stability of the free blacks living on Peace’s land. A violent confrontation seals the couple together in peace, though the rebellion of Nat Turner unwittingly provides a new start for the Peace family that leads them on a journey beyond the confines of their former lives. Banks-Benn’s writing is vivid and engaging, with some familiar tropes related to the tenuous relationship between slavery and Christianity woven into the narrative. While redemption, forgiveness, and freedom inform most of the novel, its central love story is both familiar and unforgettable. Agent: Diana Flegal. (Feb.)