Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Review:THIS SCARLET CORD: THE LOVE STORY OF RAHAB, by Joan Wolf

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THIS SCARLET CORD: THE LOVE STORY OF RAHAB
JoanWolf
Thomas Nelson
July 2012
$15.99
pb, 320pp 
9781595548771







History is often controversial whether sacred or secular. THIS SCARLET CORD will generate debates as well.  It is biblical Ffiction and Wolf adheres close to the history of what is gleaned from the Old Testament and research of ancient manuscripts found written in Canaanite. She uses five paragraphs from the Book of Joshua in the Old Testament to cleverly create a memorable adventurous historical novel.
Rahab arrives in Jericho with her father. Alluringly beautiful and she captures the eye of the degenerate old king, who lusts to make her his ritual bride during the annual pagan New Year festivities.  Rahab, being female, has no rights and must acquiesce to the offensive king’s will. Sala, a young Israelite accompanied by his father is a spy for Joshua’s army. He is in love with Rahab. Rahab is portrayed as a devoted daughter, self-determined heroine who embraces the One True God theory. With brave confidence yet high risk of death she aids Sala and Joshua in their mission to destroy Jericho.
Readers will discover a beautiful love story and learn about Rahab, a brave woman heroine who will inspire all.

June 20, 2012
Wisteria Leigh


Disclosure: I was sent a free copy of this book from HNR for review and publication. The review is submitted without bias. This review originally appeared in Historical Novels Society Issue 61, August 2012. http://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/this-scarlet-cord/


© [Wisteria Leigh] and [Bookworm's Dinner], [2008-2013].



2 comments:

Cozy in Texas said...

Did you like this? Sometimes these stories are so far from what we imagine from reading the bible.
Ann

wisteria said...

Yes, I did like this book. I don't normally read this genre, but I was pleasantly surprised. I felt like I was watching a biblical movie. If you know what I mean. Not overly preachy at all.