“Shadow among Sheaves” is a beautiful allegory of the story of Ruth and Boaz from the Bible. Naomi Stephens sets this tale in 1857, when there was much anti-India sentiment in England, due to a bloody rebellion in the empire’s colony. Yet, Rena fell in love with a British officer and married him. When she and her mother-in-law, both found themselves widowed and destitute, they returned to England. Yet, England didn’t welcome Rene with open arms.
The historical context of this book fascinated me. The characters seemed to come to life on the (digital) page. If you don’t know the story of Ruth and Boaz’s great love, “Shadow among Sheaves” is a perfect introduction. If you are familiar with it, you will enjoy seeing how all of the pieces fit together in this beautiful retelling. Stephens puts them together, perfectly.
I was impressed by Stephen’s light spiritual touch, in this allegory of a Bible story. “Shadow among Sheaves” never feels “preachy,” but instead, the author lets the characters’ actions speak for themselves. I enjoyed this story to the very end. There is no blush factor in this book. It’s clean as a whistle! If you enjoy historical fiction, allegories, biblical fiction, this is the book for you.
I’m pleased to give “Shadow Among Sheaves,” 5 stars.
Thank you to Net Galley and Shiloh Run Press for allowing me to read an ARC of “Shadow among Sheaves” in exchange for an honest review.”
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