Angie's Take: Ruth's Redemption is a love story, action adventure, and historical saga based on the lifestyle of both slaves and freemen. Marlene Banks takes us on emotional highs and lows as we live through a treacherous time in history through the eyes of Ruth, a breeding slave. From destruction of her innocence to horribly difficult choices, Ruth battles against the corruption of sinful men and disbelief in God's love to find survival. I hope you'll read this novel and come to feel the depth of historical significance in the roots of our country, but more I hope you'll find out God loves you too despite all the circumstances that make you think otherwise. Sometimes intense, sometimes sweet, always captivating.
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, a main character, 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, Ruth struggles to adjust to life outside of bondage. She 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.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Ruth's Redemption, go HERE.
About the author:
Marlene Banks has worked 30+ years combined in nursing and the business arena. Her goal as a writer is to create inspiring, gripping and realistic stories with an emphasis on African American literature. She believes her gift and desire to write is from God and desires to use it to fulfill His purposes. Marlene lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she is a member of Bethel Deliverance International Church.