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Finding Ruth
Henke, Roxanne, 1953-
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Eugene, Or. : Harvest House Publishers, [2003]

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380 pages ; 21 cm.
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"Includes discussion questions for reading groups"--P. [4] of cover.
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Ruthie Hammond had a dream. After high school she was moving to a big city...anywhere but Brewster. Surely God had a plan for her, and it wasn't in this small, nowhere town. Twenty years later she's back in Brewster working at a failing radio station with her boyfriend Jack. She's given up on God and if she wants to get out of town, she'll have to do it solo. But when her first love, Paul, moves back, Ruthie wonders if happiness really does lie beyond this podunk town. In this second novel in the Coming Home to Brewster series, Roxanne Henke offers another wonderful story about relationships, choices, and spiritual growth.

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Booklist Review

Novelist Keith and retired submariner Wallace agreeably join forces in this thriller of submarines versus drug lord Juan de Santiago, whose ambitions seem to run to being a Colombian Saddam Hussein. Facing him are a DEA agent who has been fighting Santiago for years, and Bill Beaman, the leader of a team of Navy SEALs operating off the aging attack submarine Spadefish, commanded by Jonathan Ward. The action proceeds and in some places wanders from Colombia to Seattle, Washington, and across the land and under the sea, too, realizing a full quota of vivid combat scenes and a comparatively high body count along the way. Disbelief that drug-lord dictators could find high-tech subs handy must be suspended, but once it is, heck, relax and enjoy. And if you're aware of what sailors feel when a beloved ship reaches the end of her career, the book eventually achieves real power. Above average for its salty breed. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

In her second book in the Coming Home to Brewster series, the author of After Anne offers a well-told if predictable modern parable of the biblical prodigal for evangelical Christian readers. Brewster, N.Dak., is a quaint small town that Ruthie Hammond has spent almost two decades trying to escape. Through flashbacks, the reader learns that Ruthie's longings to get away caused her to refuse a proposal years ago from her high school sweetheart, Paul Bennett. Years later, she's still in Brewster, scrabbling to keep a small radio station afloat and wondering if she'll ever find her dream. Ruthie's live-in lover, deejay Jack Warner-"the Musicman"-shares a stake in the radio station, but his penchant for gambling and alcohol jeopardizes their relationship. When Ruthie's old boyfriend, Paul, now a widower, returns to Brewster to head up the town's small bank, the ending is a foregone conclusion. As she did in After Anne, Henke uses multiple points of view, and the reader is often fed portions of the same scene more than once. The themes include some clichs (e.g., smalltown life is better than city life), and a sermon inserted at the end of the novel hammers home the prodigal child connection. There's also a strained analogy to the biblical Ruth, even to the point of having Ruthie name her first child Naomi. But the strengths of the novel are Henke's engaging voice and competent prose-a combination that makes her a CBA novelist to watch. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved