It’s July 1861 in Abbotsville, England, hot and bleak for two widows. They have been turned away from various households and businesses as they search for work. They are starving, without money and with no place to rest. Rena is from India. She was married to Nell’s son, who was British. After he passes away Rena feels compelled to take care of her mother in law. Rena’s nationality has caused them to be shunned by nearly everyone. Talk about prejudice!
This story is based loosely on the Biblical account of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. Rena is allowed to gather the “scraps” from the wheat harvesting to sell in town to keep them from totally dying of starvation and allowing them to sleep in a closet at a brothel.
What’s to become of them and how does Lord Barric fit in?
I felt so sorry for Rena and how she was treated by those around her. Nell clung heavily to her faith but Rena seemed in despair most of the time. She had been raised Hindu in her home in India. But she was much stronger than her weak, frail body indicated and worked as hard as she could to take care of Nell.
It was a compassionate story of sacrifice and unselfish love one for another. A lesson good for all to learn from.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.