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Shadow among Sheaves

A nineteenth-century retelling of the Ruth/Boaz story, set during the British occupation of India.

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Pesata, Photographer

Naomi Stephens is a bookworm turned teacher turned writer. She received a B.A. in English from Concordia University in Ann Arbor and an M.A. in English from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. 

In bookstores, Naomi gravitates towards 19th-century British novels—the broodier the better (i.e., Jane Eyre)—but she can also be found perusing the young adult, mystery, and fantasy sections. Anything that keeps her turning pages past midnight.

Though she has called many places home over the years, she currently lives in Ohio with her husband, her two children, and a rascal of a dog named Sherlock. When not writing or having adventures with her family, she can be found drinking tea, practicing photography, and pining for London.

Represented by Adria Goetz with Martin Literary Management

About Naomi
About the Book
A Retelling of the story of ruth & Boaz

​The Great Rebellion of 1857 was a remarkably bloody business. At a time when Britain’s imperial influence in India was sparking brutal clashes on both sides, no one could have expected Rena, an Indian woman, to marry a British officer—nor do they understand her decision to follow her mother-in-law to England after her husband’s tragic death. 


Once the two widows are in Abbotsville, the stern yet compassionate Lord Barric attempts to help them despite his better judgment. Soon he is torn between the demands of reputation and his increasing desire to capture Rena’s heart for his own.

Shadow Among Sheaves is an Inspy Award shortlister and winner of the 2020 Carol Award in Debut Fiction.




-Amazon Reviewer

“Thoughtfully written and engrossing until the end.

-Amazon Reviewer

“Not since I read Jane Eyre as a teenager have I been so captivated with a book. The characters are genuine and compelling and Stephens’ writing is lyrical, often haunting in its beauty.

-Amazon Reviewer

“Every bit as poetic and brooding as its title.

-Amazon Reviewer

“Shadow Among Sheaves is author Naomi Stephens’ debut Christian Fiction Novel, but reads like the work of someone seasoned in the genre.

-Amazon Reviewer

Editorial Reviews

“In her strong debut...Stephens convincingly fleshes out her characters and crisply portrays 19th-century English sensibilities. Those familiar with the story of Ruth will notice the obvious, though loose, parallels, but Rena and Barric’s tale stands firmly on its own with surprising turns and great emotional depth.”

–Publishers Weekly Book Review



Interview with Fiction Aficianado

Blog Post

A behind the scenes glimpse at some of the research behind Shadow among Sheaves


Interview with Family Fiction


Review by Mary Moerbe of Meet, Write, and Salutary

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