Finding Ruth

Christian - Amish
384 Pages
Reviewed on 08/30/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

This is the second book in The Coming Home to Brewster. The author takes the Biblical account of Ruth and creatively creates a modern tale that will appeal to Christian readers. The setting is small town, Brewster, North Dakota. Ruthie has long wanted to leave Brewster. She envisions an exciting life elsewhere.

Ruth runs the local radio station. She lives with the Deejay. Eventually she kicks him out. Her life is not satisfying. When a former boyfriend returns to town Ruth may have a second chance at happiness.

Finding Ruth is an entertaining read. I saw very little to connect it to the Biblical account of Ruth. Roxanne Henke style is appealing. I feel as if we are friends sitting on the porch swing as she shares a tale. Ruth is a complex character. The story is fast paced and believable. The characters are interesting. This book will warm your heart.

Cathy Elliot

Henke's compelling first book, After Anne, was such a page-turner that I wondered if she could possibly repeat her success. In Finding Ruth, the reader has all the components for a delightful read: fast-paced story, believeable characters, interesting dialogue, heart-wrenching moments, touching romance, and plenty of take-away. I couldn't put it down.

Ruthie struggles with years of unfulfilled dreams that sour her view of small town Brewster. Tough circumstances early in life are part of the problem, years of bad decisions don't help. When Paul, her highschool sweetheart, returns to town, Ruthie's life takes a new twist.

Roxanne Henke has the wonderful ability to engage the reader as if one is sitting across the kitchen table listening to "girl-talk." When I open her books, I feel like she is saying, "Now let me tell you about Ruthie!" And I pull up my chair, pour myself a cup of tea, and listen.


I am a very avid women's fiction reader and I had
never read inspirational fiction before last week.
When a friend actually introduced me to Roxanne Henke.
I have already finished "After Anne" and am now finishing
"Finding Ruth". It seems I can relate to everyone of
the characters at some time or another. I adore Henke's
first person writing style so much. I think In the
last week I have introduced this fabulous series to AT LEAST 15 of my friends. I lost my Dad 5 years ago (when I was 29) to colon
cancer and Henke's vivid description of Anne and her struggles
are so true. Her feelings were my Dad's feelings. Now I see myself in Ruthie (in "Finding Ruth") as a very successful yet scared woman in a small town. Is it fear or comfort, I am not sure? What I am sure of is that this author has given me some peace at the end of my busy days and
for that I thank her. Bravo to Roxanne Henke and the little town of Brewster, North Dakkota!!!!

Linda Olinger

Henke's first book, After Anne, was an all time great. I couldn't wait to read her next book, Finding Ruth. I love Henke's writing style. She pulls you into the story and makes it easy to identify with the characters. Sometimes it's hard to find a really good book, but when you do, it's so much fun. You'll never be disappointed with Henke. Her books are the best I've read.


This book is about a woman, Ruth, who is dying to pursue her dream of leaving her small town. But she is bound by a radio
station that is about to go under. She is also confronted by her past in the form of her ex-boyfriend, Paul.

The book was a very well-written and enjoyable book. I really liked the "be content wherever you are" theme. I think that
we can all learn something from that verse in the Bible. The book also did a great job with the development of the
characters, and explaining the past history with Ruth and Paul.
And the stress that Ruthie felt in keeping her radio station afloat came out so good.

This is the first book by Henke that I have read. I look forward to reading more of her books.

Carol Bang

Roxanne Henkes' books are very good and very hard to put down. She has the gift of telling her story from different view points, and I like this style a lot. Living in a small town in North Dakota made the book Finding Ruth even more of a delight for me to read. Besides being entertained by Roxanne's books, she includes insights that make one think about their own life. Keep the books coming Roxanne! They are definitely winners!