After their husbands perish in a fishing boat accident, Connie Cross determines to follow her mother-in-law, Annabelle, from Southern California to Tennessee. Her misgivings begin as they cross the bridge over the muddy Mississippi River. In their new town, where living conditions are far below their previous expectations, they must set up a household and hunt for work to survive. Thanks to the kindness of Annabelle’s handsome, young cousin, life begins to settle down. But Connie has a secret that could uproot them once again.
Inspired by the Book of Ruth, Annabelle’s Ruth is a 1950’s era “Ruth” story, set in western Tennessee. How will Connie adapt to her new life amid the cotton farms, racial tension, and culture shock?
A Reviewer says…
“There is a moment, with every great book, when you realize you are just a chapter or two from the end and you are conflicted. You don’t want to finish it because that means the end of your ‘relationship’ with the characters. But you can’t put it down because, even though you think you know how it will end, you HAVE to find out HOW. Oh what a sad moment that is! Betty Thomason Owens is a master at creating that moment. She is one of the very few authors whose books I will read more than once. I have read ‘Lady of the Haven’ and ‘A Gathering of Eagles’ each at least three times. I have a feeling Annabelle’s Ruth is due for a re-read, oh… about now. This author has a unique knack for weaving a story around Biblical stories, principles and truths that I absolutely love.I highly recommend this book. It is to the story of Ruth what “Redeeming Love” is to the story of Hosea.”
A little background on the writing of Annabelle’s Ruth can be found here: Book o’ My Heart.