Shadow Among Sheaves

Shadow Among Sheaves

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 A Timeless, Beautiful Allegory of the Biblical Love Story of Ruth and Boaz   The Great Rebellion of 1857 wa...

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Title:Shadow Among Sheaves
Author:Naomi Stephens
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Genres:Christian Fiction
ISBN:1683229339
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Shadow Among Sheaves Reviews

  • Dan Curnutt
    Feb 18, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

  • Debbie
    Mar 09, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... Naomi Stephens? Shadow Among Sheaves is a story I didn?t know I needed. An allegorical retelling of the romance between Ruth and Boaz, the novel has clear Christian themes, but I genuinely feel that Stephen...

    This was a beautifully written debut novel by Naomi Stephens. When I saw that this was a retelling of Ruth and Boaz, I was quite excited, because that is one of my favorite Bible books. When I started this story, I wondered how the author will write a novel from such a short book, and ...

    Following the death of her British husband and father-in-law, Indian widow Rena relocates to England with her mother-in-law with the hope of a fresh start. While in Abbottsville, Lord Barric is torn betweeen maintain his reputation and aiding these two widows. Despite his better judgem...

    Wow. I am stunned by this elegant novel. It caught my attention from page one and never let go. The story is absolutely beautiful and the writing was perfect. I could not put it down even though I read it as an eBook. (Congrats to the author for that. Very few books are this way.) ...

    I am of a divided mind as I write this review about this book. I want to be fair to the author, because there are several things that I liked about this book. But there?s also some things that bother me, and I want to be fair to whoever reads this review. I?m going to begin by addr...

    What Do I Think of This Biblical Retelling? Will you forgive me if I say I don?t know? I really don?t. So, I think I?m going to just give you the good, the bad, and the verdict. Maybe that?ll help me sort out my thoughts. The good: Brilliant writing. Seriously, this woman ...

    How refreshing to read a Christian fiction romance that isn?t full of poster platitudes, stale writing, and one-note characters! Stephens? poetic, richly layered prose captures the essence of grief, suffering, and sacrificial love in this Ruth and Boaz retelling. The author depicts...

    India born widow, Rena Hawley returns with her also widowed mother-in-law to the homeland of her late husband. In England she is met with disdain, and shamed for her exotic heritage. Rena works hard to help provide for herself and Nella, but the only productive work she can find is to ...

    I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Wow, this book totally blew me away. I hadn't heard of it until I got an invitation from Netgalley, and I'm so glad they read me right! I love Jesus and I love reading, but I typically stick with clas...

    What a fantastic idea for a book! The story of Ruth and Boaz has to be one of the most beautiful and well-loved stories in the Bible, and I love the idea of retelling that story in a different time and place. This particular time and setting worked really well because Rena?s situatio...

    I was drawn to this story because I love the book of Ruth. It is a retelling and sweeps you away to 1861 England. This brings to life what it was like to grovel for food and housing in a country you are an outcast and how difficult it was to just exist without giving up. It was a diffe...

    This story was set in 1861 in England. The plot only vaguely resembles the story of Ruth and Boaz in the Bible, and the characters were nothing like the people described in the Bible. However, the attempt to make it remotely like Ruth and Boaz meant that the main characters sometimes d...

  • Loraine
    Mar 31, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

  • Deon
    May 11, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

  • Erin
    Jan 09, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... Naomi Stephens? Shadow Among Sheaves is a story I didn?t know I needed. An allegorical retelling of the romance between Ruth and Boaz, the novel has clear Christian themes, but I genuinely feel that Stephen...

  • Chautona Havig
    May 05, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... Naomi Stephens? Shadow Among Sheaves is a story I didn?t know I needed. An allegorical retelling of the romance between Ruth and Boaz, the novel has clear Christian themes, but I genuinely feel that Stephen...

    This was a beautifully written debut novel by Naomi Stephens. When I saw that this was a retelling of Ruth and Boaz, I was quite excited, because that is one of my favorite Bible books. When I started this story, I wondered how the author will write a novel from such a short book, and ...

    Following the death of her British husband and father-in-law, Indian widow Rena relocates to England with her mother-in-law with the hope of a fresh start. While in Abbottsville, Lord Barric is torn betweeen maintain his reputation and aiding these two widows. Despite his better judgem...

    Wow. I am stunned by this elegant novel. It caught my attention from page one and never let go. The story is absolutely beautiful and the writing was perfect. I could not put it down even though I read it as an eBook. (Congrats to the author for that. Very few books are this way.) ...

    I am of a divided mind as I write this review about this book. I want to be fair to the author, because there are several things that I liked about this book. But there?s also some things that bother me, and I want to be fair to whoever reads this review. I?m going to begin by addr...

    What Do I Think of This Biblical Retelling? Will you forgive me if I say I don?t know? I really don?t. So, I think I?m going to just give you the good, the bad, and the verdict. Maybe that?ll help me sort out my thoughts. The good: Brilliant writing. Seriously, this woman ...

  • Renee
    Mar 05, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

  • CRussell
    Mar 30, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... Naomi Stephens? Shadow Among Sheaves is a story I didn?t know I needed. An allegorical retelling of the romance between Ruth and Boaz, the novel has clear Christian themes, but I genuinely feel that Stephen...

    This was a beautifully written debut novel by Naomi Stephens. When I saw that this was a retelling of Ruth and Boaz, I was quite excited, because that is one of my favorite Bible books. When I started this story, I wondered how the author will write a novel from such a short book, and ...

    Following the death of her British husband and father-in-law, Indian widow Rena relocates to England with her mother-in-law with the hope of a fresh start. While in Abbottsville, Lord Barric is torn betweeen maintain his reputation and aiding these two widows. Despite his better judgem...

    Wow. I am stunned by this elegant novel. It caught my attention from page one and never let go. The story is absolutely beautiful and the writing was perfect. I could not put it down even though I read it as an eBook. (Congrats to the author for that. Very few books are this way.) ...

    I am of a divided mind as I write this review about this book. I want to be fair to the author, because there are several things that I liked about this book. But there?s also some things that bother me, and I want to be fair to whoever reads this review. I?m going to begin by addr...

    What Do I Think of This Biblical Retelling? Will you forgive me if I say I don?t know? I really don?t. So, I think I?m going to just give you the good, the bad, and the verdict. Maybe that?ll help me sort out my thoughts. The good: Brilliant writing. Seriously, this woman ...

    How refreshing to read a Christian fiction romance that isn?t full of poster platitudes, stale writing, and one-note characters! Stephens? poetic, richly layered prose captures the essence of grief, suffering, and sacrificial love in this Ruth and Boaz retelling. The author depicts...

  • Faye
    May 13, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... Naomi Stephens? Shadow Among Sheaves is a story I didn?t know I needed. An allegorical retelling of the romance between Ruth and Boaz, the novel has clear Christian themes, but I genuinely feel that Stephen...

    This was a beautifully written debut novel by Naomi Stephens. When I saw that this was a retelling of Ruth and Boaz, I was quite excited, because that is one of my favorite Bible books. When I started this story, I wondered how the author will write a novel from such a short book, and ...

    Following the death of her British husband and father-in-law, Indian widow Rena relocates to England with her mother-in-law with the hope of a fresh start. While in Abbottsville, Lord Barric is torn betweeen maintain his reputation and aiding these two widows. Despite his better judgem...

    Wow. I am stunned by this elegant novel. It caught my attention from page one and never let go. The story is absolutely beautiful and the writing was perfect. I could not put it down even though I read it as an eBook. (Congrats to the author for that. Very few books are this way.) ...

    I am of a divided mind as I write this review about this book. I want to be fair to the author, because there are several things that I liked about this book. But there?s also some things that bother me, and I want to be fair to whoever reads this review. I?m going to begin by addr...

    What Do I Think of This Biblical Retelling? Will you forgive me if I say I don?t know? I really don?t. So, I think I?m going to just give you the good, the bad, and the verdict. Maybe that?ll help me sort out my thoughts. The good: Brilliant writing. Seriously, this woman ...

    How refreshing to read a Christian fiction romance that isn?t full of poster platitudes, stale writing, and one-note characters! Stephens? poetic, richly layered prose captures the essence of grief, suffering, and sacrificial love in this Ruth and Boaz retelling. The author depicts...

    India born widow, Rena Hawley returns with her also widowed mother-in-law to the homeland of her late husband. In England she is met with disdain, and shamed for her exotic heritage. Rena works hard to help provide for herself and Nella, but the only productive work she can find is to ...

  • Megan
    Apr 10, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

  • Tonya
    Mar 06, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

  • Lillian
    Apr 27, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... Naomi Stephens? Shadow Among Sheaves is a story I didn?t know I needed. An allegorical retelling of the romance between Ruth and Boaz, the novel has clear Christian themes, but I genuinely feel that Stephen...

    This was a beautifully written debut novel by Naomi Stephens. When I saw that this was a retelling of Ruth and Boaz, I was quite excited, because that is one of my favorite Bible books. When I started this story, I wondered how the author will write a novel from such a short book, and ...

    Following the death of her British husband and father-in-law, Indian widow Rena relocates to England with her mother-in-law with the hope of a fresh start. While in Abbottsville, Lord Barric is torn betweeen maintain his reputation and aiding these two widows. Despite his better judgem...

  • Lucy
    May 03, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... Naomi Stephens? Shadow Among Sheaves is a story I didn?t know I needed. An allegorical retelling of the romance between Ruth and Boaz, the novel has clear Christian themes, but I genuinely feel that Stephen...

    This was a beautifully written debut novel by Naomi Stephens. When I saw that this was a retelling of Ruth and Boaz, I was quite excited, because that is one of my favorite Bible books. When I started this story, I wondered how the author will write a novel from such a short book, and ...

    Following the death of her British husband and father-in-law, Indian widow Rena relocates to England with her mother-in-law with the hope of a fresh start. While in Abbottsville, Lord Barric is torn betweeen maintain his reputation and aiding these two widows. Despite his better judgem...

    Wow. I am stunned by this elegant novel. It caught my attention from page one and never let go. The story is absolutely beautiful and the writing was perfect. I could not put it down even though I read it as an eBook. (Congrats to the author for that. Very few books are this way.) ...

    I am of a divided mind as I write this review about this book. I want to be fair to the author, because there are several things that I liked about this book. But there?s also some things that bother me, and I want to be fair to whoever reads this review. I?m going to begin by addr...

    What Do I Think of This Biblical Retelling? Will you forgive me if I say I don?t know? I really don?t. So, I think I?m going to just give you the good, the bad, and the verdict. Maybe that?ll help me sort out my thoughts. The good: Brilliant writing. Seriously, this woman ...

    How refreshing to read a Christian fiction romance that isn?t full of poster platitudes, stale writing, and one-note characters! Stephens? poetic, richly layered prose captures the essence of grief, suffering, and sacrificial love in this Ruth and Boaz retelling. The author depicts...

    India born widow, Rena Hawley returns with her also widowed mother-in-law to the homeland of her late husband. In England she is met with disdain, and shamed for her exotic heritage. Rena works hard to help provide for herself and Nella, but the only productive work she can find is to ...

    I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Wow, this book totally blew me away. I hadn't heard of it until I got an invitation from Netgalley, and I'm so glad they read me right! I love Jesus and I love reading, but I typically stick with clas...

    What a fantastic idea for a book! The story of Ruth and Boaz has to be one of the most beautiful and well-loved stories in the Bible, and I love the idea of retelling that story in a different time and place. This particular time and setting worked really well because Rena?s situatio...

    I was drawn to this story because I love the book of Ruth. It is a retelling and sweeps you away to 1861 England. This brings to life what it was like to grovel for food and housing in a country you are an outcast and how difficult it was to just exist without giving up. It was a diffe...

  • Emily Elizabeth
    Feb 12, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

  • Kimberly
    Mar 24, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

  • J.
    Mar 24, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... Naomi Stephens? Shadow Among Sheaves is a story I didn?t know I needed. An allegorical retelling of the romance between Ruth and Boaz, the novel has clear Christian themes, but I genuinely feel that Stephen...

    This was a beautifully written debut novel by Naomi Stephens. When I saw that this was a retelling of Ruth and Boaz, I was quite excited, because that is one of my favorite Bible books. When I started this story, I wondered how the author will write a novel from such a short book, and ...

    Following the death of her British husband and father-in-law, Indian widow Rena relocates to England with her mother-in-law with the hope of a fresh start. While in Abbottsville, Lord Barric is torn betweeen maintain his reputation and aiding these two widows. Despite his better judgem...

    Wow. I am stunned by this elegant novel. It caught my attention from page one and never let go. The story is absolutely beautiful and the writing was perfect. I could not put it down even though I read it as an eBook. (Congrats to the author for that. Very few books are this way.) ...

    I am of a divided mind as I write this review about this book. I want to be fair to the author, because there are several things that I liked about this book. But there?s also some things that bother me, and I want to be fair to whoever reads this review. I?m going to begin by addr...

    What Do I Think of This Biblical Retelling? Will you forgive me if I say I don?t know? I really don?t. So, I think I?m going to just give you the good, the bad, and the verdict. Maybe that?ll help me sort out my thoughts. The good: Brilliant writing. Seriously, this woman ...

    How refreshing to read a Christian fiction romance that isn?t full of poster platitudes, stale writing, and one-note characters! Stephens? poetic, richly layered prose captures the essence of grief, suffering, and sacrificial love in this Ruth and Boaz retelling. The author depicts...

    India born widow, Rena Hawley returns with her also widowed mother-in-law to the homeland of her late husband. In England she is met with disdain, and shamed for her exotic heritage. Rena works hard to help provide for herself and Nella, but the only productive work she can find is to ...

    I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Wow, this book totally blew me away. I hadn't heard of it until I got an invitation from Netgalley, and I'm so glad they read me right! I love Jesus and I love reading, but I typically stick with clas...

  • Toni Shiloh
    Apr 01, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

  • Terry Moskowitz
    Apr 02, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... Naomi Stephens? Shadow Among Sheaves is a story I didn?t know I needed. An allegorical retelling of the romance between Ruth and Boaz, the novel has clear Christian themes, but I genuinely feel that Stephen...

    This was a beautifully written debut novel by Naomi Stephens. When I saw that this was a retelling of Ruth and Boaz, I was quite excited, because that is one of my favorite Bible books. When I started this story, I wondered how the author will write a novel from such a short book, and ...

    Following the death of her British husband and father-in-law, Indian widow Rena relocates to England with her mother-in-law with the hope of a fresh start. While in Abbottsville, Lord Barric is torn betweeen maintain his reputation and aiding these two widows. Despite his better judgem...

    Wow. I am stunned by this elegant novel. It caught my attention from page one and never let go. The story is absolutely beautiful and the writing was perfect. I could not put it down even though I read it as an eBook. (Congrats to the author for that. Very few books are this way.) ...

    I am of a divided mind as I write this review about this book. I want to be fair to the author, because there are several things that I liked about this book. But there?s also some things that bother me, and I want to be fair to whoever reads this review. I?m going to begin by addr...

    What Do I Think of This Biblical Retelling? Will you forgive me if I say I don?t know? I really don?t. So, I think I?m going to just give you the good, the bad, and the verdict. Maybe that?ll help me sort out my thoughts. The good: Brilliant writing. Seriously, this woman ...

    How refreshing to read a Christian fiction romance that isn?t full of poster platitudes, stale writing, and one-note characters! Stephens? poetic, richly layered prose captures the essence of grief, suffering, and sacrificial love in this Ruth and Boaz retelling. The author depicts...

    India born widow, Rena Hawley returns with her also widowed mother-in-law to the homeland of her late husband. In England she is met with disdain, and shamed for her exotic heritage. Rena works hard to help provide for herself and Nella, but the only productive work she can find is to ...

    I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Wow, this book totally blew me away. I hadn't heard of it until I got an invitation from Netgalley, and I'm so glad they read me right! I love Jesus and I love reading, but I typically stick with clas...

    What a fantastic idea for a book! The story of Ruth and Boaz has to be one of the most beautiful and well-loved stories in the Bible, and I love the idea of retelling that story in a different time and place. This particular time and setting worked really well because Rena?s situatio...

    I was drawn to this story because I love the book of Ruth. It is a retelling and sweeps you away to 1861 England. This brings to life what it was like to grovel for food and housing in a country you are an outcast and how difficult it was to just exist without giving up. It was a diffe...

    This story was set in 1861 in England. The plot only vaguely resembles the story of Ruth and Boaz in the Bible, and the characters were nothing like the people described in the Bible. However, the attempt to make it remotely like Ruth and Boaz meant that the main characters sometimes d...

    Rena was overlooked in many ways due to her being an Indian. She persevered, through it all, after she was widowed she stood by (Nell) her mother-in-laws side no matter what. They slept in some of the worst areas. Nell's faith never faltered, while Rena is not sure which faith is the r...

  • Dana Michael
    Mar 11, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

  • Christa
    Mar 26, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

  • Tamara
    Jun 03, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

  • Deanne Patterson
    Jun 27, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

  • Sarita
    Apr 17, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... Naomi Stephens? Shadow Among Sheaves is a story I didn?t know I needed. An allegorical retelling of the romance between Ruth and Boaz, the novel has clear Christian themes, but I genuinely feel that Stephen...

    This was a beautifully written debut novel by Naomi Stephens. When I saw that this was a retelling of Ruth and Boaz, I was quite excited, because that is one of my favorite Bible books. When I started this story, I wondered how the author will write a novel from such a short book, and ...

  • Sarah Monzon
    Mar 26, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

  • Fiction Aficionado
    Apr 30, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... Naomi Stephens? Shadow Among Sheaves is a story I didn?t know I needed. An allegorical retelling of the romance between Ruth and Boaz, the novel has clear Christian themes, but I genuinely feel that Stephen...

    This was a beautifully written debut novel by Naomi Stephens. When I saw that this was a retelling of Ruth and Boaz, I was quite excited, because that is one of my favorite Bible books. When I started this story, I wondered how the author will write a novel from such a short book, and ...

    Following the death of her British husband and father-in-law, Indian widow Rena relocates to England with her mother-in-law with the hope of a fresh start. While in Abbottsville, Lord Barric is torn betweeen maintain his reputation and aiding these two widows. Despite his better judgem...

    Wow. I am stunned by this elegant novel. It caught my attention from page one and never let go. The story is absolutely beautiful and the writing was perfect. I could not put it down even though I read it as an eBook. (Congrats to the author for that. Very few books are this way.) ...

    I am of a divided mind as I write this review about this book. I want to be fair to the author, because there are several things that I liked about this book. But there?s also some things that bother me, and I want to be fair to whoever reads this review. I?m going to begin by addr...

    What Do I Think of This Biblical Retelling? Will you forgive me if I say I don?t know? I really don?t. So, I think I?m going to just give you the good, the bad, and the verdict. Maybe that?ll help me sort out my thoughts. The good: Brilliant writing. Seriously, this woman ...

    How refreshing to read a Christian fiction romance that isn?t full of poster platitudes, stale writing, and one-note characters! Stephens? poetic, richly layered prose captures the essence of grief, suffering, and sacrificial love in this Ruth and Boaz retelling. The author depicts...

    India born widow, Rena Hawley returns with her also widowed mother-in-law to the homeland of her late husband. In England she is met with disdain, and shamed for her exotic heritage. Rena works hard to help provide for herself and Nella, but the only productive work she can find is to ...

    I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Wow, this book totally blew me away. I hadn't heard of it until I got an invitation from Netgalley, and I'm so glad they read me right! I love Jesus and I love reading, but I typically stick with clas...

    What a fantastic idea for a book! The story of Ruth and Boaz has to be one of the most beautiful and well-loved stories in the Bible, and I love the idea of retelling that story in a different time and place. This particular time and setting worked really well because Rena?s situatio...

  • Patti Whitson Stephenson
    Feb 27, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... Naomi Stephens? Shadow Among Sheaves is a story I didn?t know I needed. An allegorical retelling of the romance between Ruth and Boaz, the novel has clear Christian themes, but I genuinely feel that Stephen...

    This was a beautifully written debut novel by Naomi Stephens. When I saw that this was a retelling of Ruth and Boaz, I was quite excited, because that is one of my favorite Bible books. When I started this story, I wondered how the author will write a novel from such a short book, and ...

    Following the death of her British husband and father-in-law, Indian widow Rena relocates to England with her mother-in-law with the hope of a fresh start. While in Abbottsville, Lord Barric is torn betweeen maintain his reputation and aiding these two widows. Despite his better judgem...

    Wow. I am stunned by this elegant novel. It caught my attention from page one and never let go. The story is absolutely beautiful and the writing was perfect. I could not put it down even though I read it as an eBook. (Congrats to the author for that. Very few books are this way.) ...

    I am of a divided mind as I write this review about this book. I want to be fair to the author, because there are several things that I liked about this book. But there?s also some things that bother me, and I want to be fair to whoever reads this review. I?m going to begin by addr...

  • Paula Shreckhise
    Mar 31, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

  • Aria
    Mar 13, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

  • Jen.
    Apr 02, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

  • Rose
    Mar 18, 2019

    Ahhh!!! I feel conflicted writing this reviews. On the one hand, I love love love the premise and backdrop for this novel. A Ruth retelling with truly diverse characters?yes please! As a Moabite, Ruth would have suffered so much prejudice in Israel and the author expertly conveyed th...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is my first read by author Naomi Stephens. I found her writing to flow well and pull me deep into her allegory based on the story of Ruth from the Bible. Set in the mid 1800's in England, Neva, a woman of India, has followed her mother-in-law, Lady Hawley, back ...

    . . . . I have mixed feelings about this one. I honestly loved this book until the last three chapters. Shadow Among Sheaves is a retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, called Rena, Nell and Lord Barric in this story. It's beautifully written and instantly capt...

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. This is a new author and this is her debut book. However, I would have thought her a seasoned writer. This book sucked me in from the get go. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. Sigh! I loved the story of Ruth...

    Wow! Just finished Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens last night. I love the way that Christian fiction has changed over the past however many years. Loosely based on the story of Ruth in The Bible, Shadow Among Sheaves is the story of Rena (from India) and her mother in law, Lady ...

    This book is written really well. The allegory is clear - it's a Ruth retelling. The characters are real and the story is deep and vivid. It's a really good book - but the content, unfortunately, was too much for me. There were just too many mentions of prostitutes and other such thing...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel by Naomi Stephens. It is a clear winner in my opinion. This is a re-telling of the story of Ruth set in England during Victorian times. The setting puts things in perspective for me. During the uprising in 1857, Sir Allistair, his wife Nell a...

    Shadow Among Sheaves is the debut novel of author Naomi Stephens and what an incredible book it is. This is the retelling of the biblical Ruth and Boaz. Rena was born in India but marries a British man. Traveling to England after his death she and her mother in law Nell are outcasts t...

    This is a retelling of the story of Ruth in the Gentry era of British history. Our Rena is an Indian woman who married a British soldier. After her husband Edric and his father die, her mother in law Nell goes back to England with nothing, and her daughter in law goes with her to take ...

    In an elegant writing style, Naomi Stephens moves Ruth & Naomi?s story to a brooding gothic setting to share the tale of determined heroine Rena, who sacrifices her dreams, her dignity, and her future to be true to her mother-in-law Nell. Rena suffers prejudice and ill-treatment ...

    I love the story of Ruth from the Bible. I like to read retellings of it as well. When I read the synopsis for this book I saw that it contained Victorian elements and the Ruth character is from India (two things which I?m very interested in). "Shadow Among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens...

    Shadow Among Sheaves was amazing, which is why I gave it five stars! Rena was so beautifully written on paper, it was impossible not connect with her, even though I'm not from India or a widow living in Victorian England. Her slow processing to truly leaving India(and her family) and a...

    The prologue sucked me in and I knew this would be a tale I?d read until the very end. Which I did. No worrying of not finishing here. I loved Rena as a heroine, a woman, and just an interesting character to follow. She?s amazing and I was pulling for her through the entire story. ...

    Won this as a Goodreads giveaway! ...

    This novel takes the basic story of Ruth from the Old Testament of the Bible and weaves it together with elements of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I know that wasn't the intent of the author to weave P & P into the themes, but I couldn't help but make the comparison as Lord Barric appe...

    I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn?t enjoy this book...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this author's debut novel. This period take of the story of Ruth and Boaz is both interesting and easily captivates the reader in the story. Stephens beautifully illustrates the characters in a way that swoops you into the story within the first chapter. Personally, ...

    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... Naomi Stephens? Shadow Among Sheaves is a story I didn?t know I needed. An allegorical retelling of the romance between Ruth and Boaz, the novel has clear Christian themes, but I genuinely feel that Stephen...

    This was a beautifully written debut novel by Naomi Stephens. When I saw that this was a retelling of Ruth and Boaz, I was quite excited, because that is one of my favorite Bible books. When I started this story, I wondered how the author will write a novel from such a short book, and ...

    Following the death of her British husband and father-in-law, Indian widow Rena relocates to England with her mother-in-law with the hope of a fresh start. While in Abbottsville, Lord Barric is torn betweeen maintain his reputation and aiding these two widows. Despite his better judgem...

    Wow. I am stunned by this elegant novel. It caught my attention from page one and never let go. The story is absolutely beautiful and the writing was perfect. I could not put it down even though I read it as an eBook. (Congrats to the author for that. Very few books are this way.) ...