Giveaway: Deep Extraction and The Dog Who Was There

A murdered oil and gas magnate was her best friend’s husband.
Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

A courageous dog bears witness to the greatest story ever told.
The Dog Who Was There by Ron Marasco

  

Find the giveaway for these two books in the Faith, Hope, and Book Love group on Facebook.
Giveaway ends March 16, 2018.

 

Judah’s Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees by Angela Hunt

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Judah’s Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees by Angela Elwell Hunt

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Leah never felt safe in the home she grew up in. So when she marries a kind man named Judah, she believes she can finally experience a life of peace. But when Judah is challenged to fight for his people’s sacred way of life, Leah’s hopes for peace are threatened in Judah’s Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees by author Angela Hunt.

I was intrigued by The Silent Years series from the get-go, as I’d never read Biblical Fiction that addresses the four hundred years of (apparent) “silence” between the biblical books of Malachi and Matthew. I liked the first novel in this series, and have either liked or loved every novel I’ve read by Hunt, so I started anticipating this book way before its publication.

I was quickly drawn into the place, the period, and the setup of dual first-person narrators, which I’ve seen in other novels by this author. Although I’m sure I would have enjoyed this book at a different time, I only got a fifth of the way through before I decided not to continue. I’ve heard of the Maccabees and was most interested in reading about their revolt, but I’ll admit there are some aspects of Biblical Fiction I find much harder to read now than I used to.

As I recently said about another novel in the genre, my struggle with this book is reflective of a changing reader, not the quality of the story. While this likely means I’ll have to take a personal step back from the genre for now, I wouldn’t discourage other ChristFic readers from checking this novel out.

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Here’s my review of the first book in The Silent Years series, Egypt’s Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra.

 

Isaiah’s Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings by Mesu Andrews

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Blogging for Books provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

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Young Ishma’s name means “desolation,” but when the prophet Isaiah eventually adopts her, he changes her name to Hephzibah: “delight of the Lord.” The adoption makes her eligible to marry her close, longtime friend, Prince Hezekiah, who’ll have to work at rebuilding the kingdom of Judah, which has nearly gone to ruin under his father’s rule. But loving Hezekiah will entail more than Hephzibah could have prepared for in Isaiah’s Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings by author Mesu Andrews.

I must start off by saying I’ve enjoyed Biblical Fiction novels by this author before, and I’ve little doubt that other fans of the genre will enjoy this one.

I tried getting into this novel three different times and got more than a third of the way through. I just didn’t connect with the characters, and in a way, it didn’t seem like they were fully “owning” the whole story. Certain things had to happen to match the biblical narrative, of course. But it would sometimes feel like the biblical plot was dictating how the characters would think or act, instead of the characters feeling more natural and making more sense of the plot.

Also, as historical and cultural as it may be, it’s been getting harder for me to read things like men giving and receiving women in marriage, where women don’t have real authority to make and carry out those important life decisions for themselves, since it’s not a part of their culture or religious law. And though I like a dense read now and then, I wasn’t finding the story and characters here compelling enough to keep working through this one.

Still, I think my struggle with the book is more reflective of a changing reader than of the quality of the story. I wouldn’t discourage other ChristFic readers from checking this novel out.

 

Winners: Favorite Reads and Favorite Covers 2017 Giveaways

My hearty thanks to everyone who entered 2017’s Favorite Reads and Favorite Covers giveaways!

I’m happy to announce that Shamekka won a copy of Home by Ginny L. Yttrup, Cassandra won a copy of Loving Luther by Allison Pittman, sbmcmh won a copy of The Last Operative by Jerry B. Jenkins, Kathy won a copy of The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron, Linda won a copy of Weaver’s Needle by Robin Caroll, and Pat won a copy of Egypt’s Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra by Angela Hunt. Congrats!

  

  

Be sure to check out all of this year’s Favorite Reads and Favorite Covers for great books to add to your reading list.

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World of the Innocent

When It’s Time Series