Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Judah's Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees by Angela Hunt Review
Seeking peace and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life Leah believes she can rest easily. But the land is ruled by Antiochus IV, descended from one of Alexander the Great's generals, and when he issues a decree that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws upon pain of death, devout Jews risk everything to follow the law of Moses.
Judah's father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands his son to pick up his sword and continue the fight--or bear responsibility for the obliteration of the land of Judah. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband's decision--what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long?
The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah's wife, who learns that love requires courage . . . and sacrifice.
I received a complimentary copy.
Cassandra's Review- I found the book to be a bit hard to follow with almost two stories being told at once. The sequence just was not appealing. The story was one more retold than invented and so not super original. It is historical fiction but the author has incorporated God to make it a faith based book as well. There is so much more to this book then just a story, but I was not super taken with it.