About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Unbound by Eleanor Bertin


Ruthie Adrian loves ranch life with her handsome husband, Mac and his family. But her fading hope for a child dissolves when Mac is killed in a crash along with his brother and father.

Added to their heartbreak, Ruthie and her mother-in-law, Naomi now face rejection by her sister-in-law, and impossible barriers as they try to protect their land.

Jake, a self-styled prophet steps up with a bizarre offer. A Godsend or a trap?

With raw grief, unexpected humour, and life-giving grace, Unbound is a modern twist on a timeless tale of the unique bond between two widows who harbour a few secrets of their own.


Unbound by Eleanor Bertin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As she began her life as a widow, she felt afloat. 'Who was she now? Where did she belong?'

As I read these thoughts of Naomi I was amazed how author Eleanor Bertin could portray this character's uncertainty. Naomi had lost her husband and two sons in one tragic accident and she felt lost. Her daughter-in-law's thoughts were certainly accurate also. Ruthie had lost her husband on that same horrible day and she believed 'she was twenty-eight years old the day her life unraveled' and that the happy life she had been living 'had always been borrowed time'.

There have been several recent books that refer to the biblical account of Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth and Unbound is the newest offering. This story is set in modern times and it touches on so many subjects that can cause grief: infertility, miscarriage, abortion, and of course, death. There also financial problems to add to their burdens and the very real danger of a "false prophet". Naomi's brother-in-law proclaims to be a man of God but he is only interested in reminding Naomi of her shortcomings and making her believe that her current circumstances are due to her sins. It is only when she finally admits that she needs help that Naomi finds the strength to move forward and it is through true worship times that she and Ruthie experience forgiveness of their sins.

This is the moving story of love between a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law and the deep bond that is strenghtened by their common loss. It is also a reminder that we can never earn God's love and forgiveness through our own actions; it is only through HIs Grace that we can receive true freedom from sin!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and a favorable review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.


Eleanor Bertin holds a college diploma in Communications and worked in agriculture journalism before leaving the workforce for thirty years of raising and home-educating a family of seven children. What felt like the sacrifice of career and recognition gradually became a joyful calling.

Eleanor lives with her husband and youngest son, who has Down syndrome, amid the ongoing renovation of a century home in central Alberta where she reads, writes, sweeps up construction rubble and blogs about a sometimes-elusive contentment at jewelofcontentment.wordpress.com.

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