“Ruth was a Moabite girl who married into a family of Israelite transplants living in Moab because there was a famine going on at home. When her young husband died, her mother-in-law, Naomi, decided to pull up stakes and head back for Israel where she belonged…She advised Ruth to stay put right there in Moab and to try to snag herself another man from among her own people….Ruth had a spring in her step and a fascinating Moabite accent, and it wasn’t long before she caught the eye of a well-heeled farmer named Boaz. …He had her over for a meal. And when she asked him one day in her disarming Moabite way why he was being so nice to her, he said he’d heard how good she’d been to Naomi, who happened to be a distant cousin of his, and as far as he was concerned, she deserved nothing but the best.”
from Peculiar Treasures by Frederick Buechner p. 166-68.