Ruth (Biblical figure)--Fiction; Naomi (Biblical figure)--Fiction; Women in the Bible--Fiction; Religious fiction, American--Mormon authors; Historical fiction, American--Mormon authors
It is a time of famine and despair in the land: crops are failing, idol-worship is widely practiced, and those who follow the God of Israel are cruelly oppressed. Israel’s defeat at the hands of Moab has left a nation in despair, and among the struggling are Naomi and her blacksmith husband, Elimelech. Following a series of unspeakable tribulations, Elimelech is a harder man and despite his family’s misgivings, he makes a decision that changes their lives forever.
The King of Moab is in need of the kind of weaponry that Elimelech can produce, and Naomi feels she must support her husband in his desire to heed the call to serve. So, along with their two young sons, the family leaves their home in Bethlehem to begin a new life. As the family gains favor in the sight of the king, Naomi’s sons endear themselves to two of the king’s daughters, Orpah and Ruth, and marry into the royal family. But when tragedy claims the lives of their husbands, events are set in motion for Naomi and Ruth that will alter the course of history.