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Annabelle's Ruth

(Kinsman Redeemer #1)

4.74  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published June 12th 2015 by Write Integrity Press (first published June 11th 2015)
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Randy Tramp
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Setting: 1950's in the South

Connie Cross lost her husband and follows her mother-in-law, Annabelle, from Southern California to Tennessee. (Inspired by the Book of Ruth in the Bible.)

I loved the "spirit" of this story. Loyalty and dedication. In the midst of adversity, Connie pushed forward. Seldom is that characteristic shown and I loved it.

What an ending. I want to write about it, but that would spoil the fun. You'll have to read this book to find Annabelle's secret that made the ending so inc
Jennifer Hallmark
Annabelle's Ruth by Betty Thomason Owens is my favorite book by Betty to date. I love the way she took the classic story of Ruth and Boaz and set it in a 1950's Tennessee community. I enjoyed the characters and the way they interacted. Also, she portrayed the prejudice that was so prevalent in the south during this period of time in a realistic manner. I can't wait to read her next novel. This book is well worth the read. I loved it! ...more
Amy Blake
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this 1950's-era retelling of the biblical story of Ruth. Connie and Annabelle are both such sympathetic characters. The depiction of Tennessee was very well done. The blossoming love between Connie and Alton was sweet. And I loved the dog! I highly recommend this book! ...more
Diana Derringer
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Annabelle's Ruth captures the reader's attention and leaves a hunger for the next book in this series. ...more
Pat Dyer
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the BEST books I've ever read. Don't miss it! ...more
Nike Chillemi
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of American and southern historical fiction
This beautifully crafted retelling of the biblical story of the Book of Ruth, brought forward to and set in the racially turbulent American south of the 1950s, stays true to the essence of the original.

The story gripped me from the beginning when Annabelle Cross and her two daughters-in-law lose their husbands off the coast of California when their fishing boat capsizes. Following the biblical narrative, one daughter-in-law leaves Annabelle to return to her parents, but native Hawaiian born Conn
Book lover
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Retelling of the book of Ruth

A good clean romance based on the book of Ruth. Set in a time when women were at the mercy of their men folk. Two women must overcome economic hardship and grief after the deaths of their husbands. The heroine must bear racial discrimination in a land far from her home. Luckily, she wins the respect and love of a good man who is always there whenever they need him. The meeting of their two families brings truth, completion and healing to both sides. I recommend this
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Owens produced a fun read. Knowing the Biblical account of Ruth made the major plotline somewhat predictable. But, the character development and placement carried the story to keep me turning the pages. Annabelle’s Ruth triggered a lot of memories of the early 1950’s (for me, in a small southern Illinois town) so it was easy for me to envision and experience Annabelle’s and Ruth’s surroundings. Historically adventurous, a touch of romance, and a generous dose of intrigue. Good formula and well e ...more
Kristen Hogrefe Parnell
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful retelling of the story of Ruth held my attention from start to end. Though I knew the biblical account, Owens provided a fresh spin on the kinsman-redeemer story by setting it in Tennessee during the racially charged 1950's. I appreciated her attention to historical detail in the book and highly recommend it! ...more
Pam McCallister
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book
Linda Yezak
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
In Annabelle's Ruth, Betty Thomason Owens tells a poignant story of two women, Annabelle and Connie, that is deeply reminiscent of the Biblical story of Ruth, as the title implies. Annabelle and her daughters-in-law, one of whom is Connie, all lose their husbands at the same time in a boating accident. For Annabelle, it is a severe loss. She must sell the house to afford burial for her husband and move from California back to her home in Tennessee.

Connie loves her mother-in-law, and can't bare t
Terri Wangard
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Half-Hawaiian Connie Cross married an American sailor when he was based in Hawaii, and he moves her to San Diego. One day he, his father, and brother, die in a boating accident. Connie's sister-in-law returns to her parents' home, but Connie can't go back to Hawaii. She joins mother-in-law in a move to Annabelle's hometown in Tennessee. They have a rough time at first. The first relative Annabelle approaches would love to throw them out of the state. His brother Alton offers them a rundown cabin ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The tone and atmosphere of this Appalachian-feel story was so realistic I felt like I was living in 1950's Tennessee. The dialect was perfect, the setting beautifully described, and the characters completely identifiable.

As the title indicates, this is a modern day retelling of the story of Ruth. The Naomi character is named Annabelle, and the Ruth character is Connie. That's the overall story, but in the details this is a story about relationships. Connie's love for her mother-in-law, her love
Rachel Carr
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book from a goodreads giveaway.

This was a nice, light, uplifting story. It's not too in-depth with plot twists or character development, but it's a simple, straightforward story with romantic elements and an overarching Christian message.
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Betty Thomason Owens is a multi-published, award-winning author of historical fiction, and fantasy-adventure. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group, and serves as vice-president/secretary of the Louisville area group. She’s a mentor, assisting other writers, and a co-founder of a blog dedicated to inspiring writers. She also serves o ...more

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