Monday, March 5, 2012

Ruth's Redemption Virtual Book Tour

Set in the 1800s, Ruth’s Redemption, depicts slave life in the south.  Bo, the main character who was educated while a slave is a freeman who now owns a farm and  buys slaves for the purpose of giving them their freedom. Bo is also a widower whose life is destined to changed when he meets the stubborn, proud and hard-hearted 20 year old slave girl, Ruth.

Ruth has known nothing but harshness and brutality since being separated from her mother at age thirteen. Purchased and sold primarily for breeding and the enlargement of her master’s slave stock, Ruth struggles to understand the way of her new master.  Bo is unlike any master she’s known and what she experiences in his care will leave her forever changed.

A gripping pre-Civil War slave era novel, Ruth’s Redemption is a story of forgiveness, acceptance and redemption. Set against the backdrop of the Nat Turner Rebellion in Tidewater, Virginia, this novel shines the light of God’s unconditional love in the darkness of the evils of hatred and acts of inhumanity.

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Sidne's Review
Ruth Redemption is a story that places you directly into the early years of slavery. You feel the ignorance, happiness, tears, joy and hatred within the pages and your emotions are stirred moment to moment as you meet the lives of slaves, slave masters and free slaves.
While reading this novel I became upset with the blacks that told on the other slaves. I grasp while reading the thoughts of another human feeling that another human being is beneath the dirt on earth and does not deserve to live without choices. I cried while reading a mother tell about the death of her children. I was afflicted by the hideous thoughts/remarks white men said about the slave women and I laid the book down and thanked God that I was not born during the slave era.
I was most impressed with the author, Marlene Banks skills to effectively write a story that I feel will witnesses to readers soul while maintaining their interest and kindled readers thoughts.
Characters: Bo- A freed black man that loved the Lord and a man any woman would of appreciated.
Naomi - A woman that reminds you of 'Job'.
Mara - A free black woman who loved and doubted the Lord.
Ruth - A slave woman confused about God, freedom and love.
The unconditional love of God is portrayed beautifully in this heartfelt story of love, patience, heartbreaks and  forgiveness during an era so shameful in our world history. I am such a book cover fanatic. this book cover caught my attention. I love its historical backdrop and the brooch of the woman gives it that delicate look that stands it out from other books on slavery. The book cover definitely relates well with the story line.
Marlene Banks is an author I would not hesitant to choose another novel. Ruth Redemption is her debut novel and it sits on my shelf as a "Deep In My Soul'' read.

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authors site:
March 2011-Preference.cropped.jpgMARLENE BANKS resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a prolific writer she has an Associate Theology degree from the Rhema Bible Institute. She is currently pursuing studies to initiate a Christian counseling ministry. Marlene is a member of Bethel Deliverance International Church in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Her work resume includes forty years in nursing and business. She considers writing an avenue of communicating the Gospel and Christian principles through fiction. It is also Marlene’s goal to bridge the gap between faith-based and secular literature. RUTH’S REDEMPTION is her debut fiction novel.

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  1. Candice3/05/2012

    Sidne, thanks for sending me your new site. I'm so sorry what you was going through with the other. anyway, this is nice also. I love this story, I definitely will be suggesting this one

  2. Gloria B.3/05/2012

    I'm not only buying this novel but I have four others I know I'm giving for gifts. I love the summary.

  3. Carol & Nurses of Blue Island BK. Club3/05/2012

    This one is going to be this month read. Meeting Saturday. Glad I got your email in time.

  4. Destini3/05/2012

    HI Sidne and Candice. Love this site too. will you be closing the other site down.
    I love the read of this book. You know I love to read books like this. ordering from B & N.

  5. Hi Sidne - I'm following you on the new site but I've noticed that a couple people who have your link on their blogs still have the old site which links to the guy - Fabulosity Reads being one so you might want to get in touch so they can put up the new one.

  6. I've always been interested in the stories of free black people who would by other slaves freedom. This story sounds very good and I want to know more about how the author approaches all of this in her book. Looks like another one for the TBR pile.

  7. Naturally Kinky3/06/2012

    This sounds like a very interesting read. I will like to read this novel. I wonder if its on e-read yet?

  8. BookLady3/06/2012

    nice review sidne, twitter follower.

  9. Interesting Sidne. Thanks for sharing. How are you? Thanks for visiting me today.

  10. Tonya McBricman3/06/2012

    Saw your tweet so I stopped on by. nice review. Never heard of this one and I'm going to write it down and see what others are saying about it also.

  11. This sounds like interesting read. Very Nice Review.

  12. Jocelyn3/07/2012

    Is this book out yet, I went to look for it after I read your review. Is this one that you read before publication date? let me know the release date.

  13. JoyousReaders,Prez.3/08/2012

    I'm going to recommend this novel for the bookclub. Thanks Sidne, you make our selection very interesting. we are thinking of doing two books a month instead of one. lol.

  14. Sidne!!! I am so happy to find you! *Happy dance* How are you? I have been thinking of you.
    This book sounds like an awesome read. I am going to go look for it after I leave here. Books like this one are so important. Forgotten history has the potential to be repeated history. Very nice review of it.

  15. What an interesting premise. This sounds like a powerful book. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!