A woman during the Protestant Reformation must decide where her loyalties – and her heart – lie.
Title: The Ruby Ring
The Ruby Ring
By Karen Rees
My rating: 4 stars
Jane Horne is living in England during the time of the Protestant Reformation. She envisions a future with one man who is loyal to William Tyndale’s efforts to produce and share an English Testament. This dream is ripped away when Owen Alton must leave the country. Jane struggles to find where her loyalties lie in this conflict, while facing turmoil in her personal life when she discovers secrets about her past. In the end she must decide whether to make God’s Word or her own desires the priority.
Rees presents another side of the Reformation not taught in the history books – the personal side. While the heroine was not seeking to be caught up in the drama of the Reformation, she is confronted with it and must decide who is in the right. She watches others suffer the consequences of their desire to learn from God’s Word for themselves, even including death. The struggle Jane Horne faces is applicable to the reader today as each of us must decide who we will follow – God or ourselves.
After reading the back cover and the description on the front it might sound as though the book focuses more on the historical facts surrounding William Tyndale’s pursuit of an English Testament. However, the story is more personal than that, delving into the lives of Jane Horne and Owen Alton as they try to do what they think is the right thing even if it isn’t always easy. This is an excellent story for anyone who enjoys history and likes to imagine what individuals’ personal lives were like.
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