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Daughter of Ishmael: Promised Land, Broken Heart Paperback – January 10, 2017
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About the Author
Trained in journalism and raised by a family of storytellers, Diane Stringam Tolley has spent her life writing. From her first published work, The Scary House, penned in Mrs. Hainsworth's grade six class, to her tenth novel due to be released by Cedar Fort early in 2017, Tolley has dipped into every genre from sci-fi/fantasy to spiritual. Her Christmas book, Carving Angels, has been featured on the "best of" holiday lists for Edmonton Public Libraries since its first release in 2011. And her follow-up novel, Kris Kringle's Magic (2012) is currently a standard for discussions on prejudice and bullying throughout the Black-Gold region. Drawing on her upbringing on one of the last of the great old ranches of Southern Alberta, Tolley's stories are filled with unforgettable characters, warm, family connections, and the strength of faith and love.
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I adore stories that take me to another land, another era and deeply into a character different than me. Diane’s new book is all those things and more. And really, not typical reading for me. Except that it’s a good novel.
This book turns on faith. I was raised Catholic but do not practice any formal religion. That had no effect on my enjoyment of the story. And also, I’m a big fan of Diane’s books; she provided me a pdf of this one for an honest review.
The main character, Hannah is Ishmael's daughter (of course). He heads a high-ranking Jewish family. Her father is cousin to Lehi, a prophet at the time. The prologue ends with this intriguing sentence:
"What distance had been covered, both in space and spirituality, since her idyllic girlhood days on her father’s property on the outskirts of Jerusalem"
And in that distance, Hannah’s beliefs are challenged and tested in very big ways. While she was raised with a belief in the scriptures and gospel and committed to Christ, the family takes a left turn and begins supporting Lehi. Along the way there is apostasy, suffering and battles with their Lord. It involves the deadly sins of greed, pride and envy. Marriage to a man not of her choosing and not of her deep faith.
Hannah must choose between her Lord and her husband and son. Would she have the courage to leave her family to follow her prophet? As the story went on, I thought I knew what her choice would be, and then I wasn’t so sure. I won’t ruin the ending for you by disclosing it..
I loved this book. Diane's a story teller, and she tells this one so well. Read it and BTW, a great gift for birthday, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day. Enjoy!
Even though this is a work of fiction, we still have yet to know what really happened during those many years. But knowing that something very similar to this could have happened, just breaks my heart. I connected with Hannah right from the beginning and thought that we are very similar in character and attitudes. With everything that is going on around us in this day, I can say that for many, if not most of us, have it easier than what Hannah went through in this book.
Hannah’s faith and unwavering love of the lord shown through in every aspect as I read and made me reevaluate my own faith. I so appreciate books like this. Novels with endings, such as this one, and characters with strength such as Hannah’s cause me, and I hope others who read this book, to reflect on changes that need to be made or items that need to be reviewed. It also reminded me of how blessed I am in my life.
Overall, I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to read this fine piece of a story we should probably think more about. I’d recommend this to anyone of faith or anyone in general. We all could use Hannah’s faith and strength in our own lives.
It did make me want to keep reading because I was interested to see what Hannah's final choice would be and how the author took the story but I cant say I enjoyed reading it or that I would recommend it. However that is just my personal opinion and others may like it, I just wont be the one telling them to read it.
Story and structure wise it was fine which I why I went three stars. The culture and traditions shown in the book were very fitting for the time period, no errors or plots holes that I could see. The plot moved a long just fine compared to the real scripture the book was based on and it did make you think about how you would handle the situations they were in.
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