Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Song I Knew By Heart - A Contempory Ruth

Title: A Song I Knew By Heart
Author: Bret Lott
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN-10: 0345437756
Pages: 336

A contemporary take on the story of Ruth, this version is told by Naomi. It begins with the funeral of Ruth's husband, who was Naomi's son. Already a widow, Naomi had been living with her son and wife, but then she felt the call to go home – which means South Carolina. To her surprise, Ruth decides to move with her because “it isn't that she didn't have anything, but she had Naomi”. Both women continue to deal with the pain of widowhood, but Naomi is also feeling guilty for a one-night stand with her husband's business partner, now dying of cancer, who was the reason her son was driving on treacherous roads on the night he crashed. As the traditional story goes, Ruth finds love – a kind man who also loves Ruth's family and Naomi finds forgiveness and releases her bitterness. If you are into Nicholas Sparks novels, you might like this one, but I found myself skimming rather than reading. I think the original story has a lot more power and beauty.

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