In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar with a giveaway

In the Field of GraceSynopsis:~

Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi’s, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.

But God has other plans for her life.

While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is shocked to find one of the wealthiest and most honored men of Judah showing her favor.  Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the dark, haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi’s chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better.

My take:~

Tessa Afshar’s debut novel, Pearl in the Sand, the story of Rahab & Salmone, probably holds the place of my favourite Biblical fiction novel. Her attention to detail – the sensitive and thoughtful creation of emotions, the Biblical backdrop, the evocative scenery – was second to none. It’s also no surprise to me that Harvest of Gold is in the running for a Christy Award this year. Tessa’s latest release, In the Field of Grace, tackles another well known and oft told Biblical story, that of Ruth the Moabite, who became part of the lineage of King David and Jesus Christ. Once again, Tessa’s seemingly effortless talent breathes new life into this beautiful love story and makes it come alive. With vivid imagery and impeccable descriptions the land of Judah, Boaz’s fields, the protagonists in this story, Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz, all leap from the page. The sights and smells of the countryside, the bitterness of Naomi, the devotion of Ruth, and the heroics of Boaz are told with insight, tenderness, and authenticity – as much as a 21st century author can imagine of years gone by! The gamut of emotions felt by these people as they negotiated loss, grief, heartache, hope, and love pour out from the pages and into the reader’s heart. Ruth’s story is one of sacrifice, courage, and deep devotion and Tessa tells is with grace and beauty. While Pearl in the Sand may still hold that very special place in my heart, In the Field of Grace has certainly given it a nudge!

With thanks to Wynn-Wynn Media for my review copy

Relz Reviewz Extras
Reviews of Pearl in the SandHarvest of Rubies, and Harvest of Gold
Tessa ~ FamilyFiction Plus interview
Visit Tessa’s website and blog
Buy from Amazon: In the Field of Grace or Koorong

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75 Responses to In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar with a giveaway


  2. So excited for her newest book! She’s a fav of mine :) Pearl in the Sand is such a fav it’d take a lot to knock it out of top spot for me too :)

  3. Adding this one to my reading list!

  4. Hi Rel. Boy these books sound good. I would love to be told the story of Mary, mother of Jesus.
    Would love to win this one. Thanks for the chance. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  5. Eve. The telling of the first relationship would be great. and kinda funny.

  6. I have note yet read any of Tessa Afshar’s novels, but have heard great things!

  7. Never read any of her books but I can’t wait to start now.

  8. We have Tessa’s books in the church library but not this one. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to win it.

  9. I enjoy reading Biblical fiction novels, and Tessa is new to me.
    Even if I don’t win I will write her name down for future reference.

  10. I would like to hear the story of Tamar.

    Thank you for the chance to win .

    • Francine Rivers wrote a novella, Tamar – it makes for excellent reading, Michelle. Great choice, though, and I’d love to read a full length novel about her.

  11. This is one of my favorite books in the Bible and I can’t wait to read this novelization of it! Thanks for the review, which cemented it’s place near the top of my TBR pile, and for the giveaway!

  12. This book looks very inspiring. I would like to read more about Martha the sister of Mary and Lazarus. Or Bathsheba.
    Thank you for giveaway, I have not read any of Tess’s books but loved your review.

    • Jackie – if you haven’t already, do check out Jill Eileen Smith and Diana Wallis Taylor’s books. I think they have both those women covered!

  13. I would enjoy reading a story about Naomi.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of A Field of Grace. It looks like and amazing story.

  14. Abigail, who married King David after the death of her horrible husband, would be a great one to read about! I really enjoyed the author’s book about Rahab and look forward to reading this one.

    • Jill Eileen Smith’s Abigail is an excellent read – well worth looking into. Jill has devoted a three book series to the wives of David. Good thing she’s not tackling all Solomon’s wives 😉

  15. Andrea Williams

    I would like to read a story about Lydia.

  16. Abigail

  17. Connie Saunders

    Lydia, the seller of purple cloth, or Mary Magdalene. I love the story of Ruth and look forward to reading this novel. Thanks for this,giveaway.

  18. I think it would be interesting to read the story of Hannah, Samuel’s mother.

  19. I was going to say the same thing… the story of Mary! :)

  20. I know at least one of Tessa Afshar’s books is on my reading list–I’ll have to add this one, too!

    • It would help if I read all of the instructions first. Oops. I would like to read Miriam’s story. Although Esther has long been a favorite biblical character of mine, I always liked reading about the Exodus, too.

  21. I’ve always loved Rachel and Leah’s story. I can’t to read this book!

    • Rachel and Leah – sigh. Such a story. Jill Eileen Smith has tackled them well, as has Liz Curtis Higgs, but in a historical Scottish setting!

  22. Well here I go again add another book to my TBR stack or list! This really sound good.

  23. A story of sisters, Mary and Martha, could be interesting.

  24. I think a story about Isaac’s wife, Rebecca, would be an interesting read.

  25. I’m jealous you’ve already had the chance to read this book! I love Tessa’s novels so so much! I can’t wait to read this one!

  26. This sounds so good! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity :)

  27. Looking forward to reading in The Field Of Grace Relle as well as gaining new insights into Ruth’s story.❤️

  28. I LOVE Tessa’s books! Pearl in the Sand is one of my all time favorites so I’m looking forward to In the Field of Grace. I too am jealous you’ve already read it!

    I agree w/ Andrea & Connie–I would like to see a story on Lydia–the seller of purple. Or a really good one on Deborah.

  29. How about Sarah, wife of Abraham…

  30. Esther is done a lot. I’d like to hear about Eve or perhaps Abigail, David’s wife.

  31. I’d like a book about Mary Magdalene.

  32. Want to read!

  33. I’ve always wanted to read – or write – Anna’s story. It must have been fascinating. Tessa, tell us this one!

  34. Hi Gee I want to read her books now. Would love to read story about Mary but through the eyes of a female relative. Also what about the one regarding the women who followed Jesus not Mary Magadeline. Hmm what about the friendship of Jesus with Lazarus and Mary and Martha.

  35. Oh this is so exciting! Glad I didn’t miss this. Tessa Afshar is my favourite author (I’m serious). I love all three of her books and no doubt I will adore her fourth!
    Hmm…well, if Ms. Afshar chose to write something on another Biblical woman, any would be amazing! :)
    I would like to see a book about Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the beginning – when the angel visits her, etc.
    Thank you for this chance!

  36. Can’t wait to read this!

  37. I discovered Tessa’s book Pearl in the Sand 2 years ago and and followed her books with eager anticipation of the next. Her writing compels me to keep reading. I love books that make me want to continue the story waiting to discover what comes next!! Keep up the great work Tessa!

  38. I’ve enjoyed Tessa’s books and look forward to reading more. I love well-done novels based on biblical characters and history.

  39. The story of Ruth has been a favorite with me since childhood! In fact, my first Heartsong is a post Civil War re-telling of this beautiful story. This one is a must for my TBR list! Thanks for the chance to win a copy! :)

  40. I haven’t read fictionalized stories about biblical characters. Ruth, perhaps. Or put a Biblical lady in a more recent setting and weave the story in the same vein.

  41. I think it would be interesting to do something completely different like writing about the Apostle Peter’s wife. Jesus healed his mother-in-law, so we know he was married. It would be interesting to see her “point of view.”

  42. Mackenzie Harting

    I would love to hear some of the prophets’ wives

  43. I would love a story of Deborah.

  44. I loved Pearl in the Sand and excited to get my hands on this new one! I would love to read a novel about Mary of Bethany (Lazarus’ sister).

  45. This sounds really fascinating @

  46. There are two ladies who I can’t choose between. One is Bathsheba and her views on what occurred during the events of 2Samuel. Then the other is Michal it would be interesting to see her turn from love for David to hate.

  47. I’m eager right now to read about this heroine! I love Ruth’s story. :)

  48. I agree with other commenters that Mary Magdalene’s story would be very interesting. This book sounds awesome…I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance!!

  49. What a great giveaway! Have been wanting to try her books. Other Biblical women whose story i would like to read?….
    Not as large as Ruth (just a brief mention really…) but Jael (she risked her reputation in a way, by inviting a male into her tent. But won the victory for Israel. would love to get in her mind…did she audibly hear from God? What possessed her? How did she feel after? How did her husband feel? That sort of thing.

    And in the same chapter/book…Deborah. Strong woman but not married to a weakling, just a husband (i’d like to think ) that knew his wifes’ giftings and let her. And she wouldn’t have been in a position of authority had someone worthy (male) stepped up to the plate and led righteously.

    There are a few others whose story should be told. thanks for offering this giveaway.

  50. I must try this.

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