Judah's Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees

Judah's Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees

by Angela Hunt

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ISBN-13: 9780764219337
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Series: Silent Years Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 383,901
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

The author of more than 100 published books and with more than 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at www.angelahuntbooks.com.

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LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
Angela Hunt has such a way of drawing you in with her story telling. Her characters are intriguing and realistic. Her writing is elegant and her phenomenal research shows in every page. I will be eagerly awaiting her next novel!
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
This review is being written from an emotional perspective. It’s the only way I can find to write this review. This book, while anchored in excellent historical research, is quite an emotional experience. I’ ve studied this period of history, but I don’t think I’d ever really considered what it was like for these families during this time. Leah and Judah’s story bring this time period alive and gave me a new perspective and respect for these courageous people and their families. This is not a sweet, heartwarming story. It’s filled with heartbreak, war, torture, murder, and loss. (All of this is dealt with appropriately and with appropriate language.) But it’s also a story of bedrock faith and trust in God during the worst of times. There is much to be learned from this excellent book by Angela Hunt. It’s rare for me to be quite so moved by a book. Leah and Judah’s love story is one I won’t forget. I would not recommend this book for any reader under senior high age. The reader needs to be more mature to properly understand this story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
cdscotton More than 1 year ago
Judah’s Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees is the second book in The Silent Years series. I’ve enjoyed previous books by Angela Hunt and was excited to have an opportunity to read more. The Silent Years series are not connected to each other, so you don’t need to read the first one prior to Judah's Wife, though I recommend it as Ms. Hunt writes excellent Biblical Fiction. Ms. Hunt brings the story of Judah and his wife Leah to life in a well researched and well-written book that anyone who wants to learn more about the Maccabean Revolt will appreciate. Judah’s Wife alternates first person point of view between Leah and Judah and that can be difficult to pull off, but Ms. Hunt manages it deftly. Leah’s and Judah’s voices are very distinct from each other and it is easy to feel the differences in their characters. The title character is Leah, who is raised in an abusive household. She has an encounter with Judah where he saves her from harm and is intrigued, as he is so different from her own father. Judah is also intrigued by her and their fathers arrange a marriage. Judah is twenty-four and Leah fourteen when the marriage takes place. Based on her childhood, Leah’s desire for a safe, pleasant, untroubled life is understandable. Judah’s lack of interest in violence makes her happy and they begin to fall in love. Yet when the Maccabean Revolt begins and Judah believes he is called to fight, she begins to fear he is violent like her father and draws away from him. However, it takes longer than I would have liked for Judah and Leah to talk with each other about this. Judah struggles with what he feels God is calling him to do (leading the Revolt) and his love for Leah. His characterization is not as deep as Leah’s but I understood his emotions and feelings, and was pleased with this character development. Judah’s chapters spend a lot of time recounting battles and at times they read like a textbook, but Ms. Hunt writes so well that the chapters are enjoyable and propel the story forward. The themes that Ms. Hunt develops include listening for God’s voice instead of our own. Both both Leah and Judah struggle with their callings and their own ideas about what they want out of life. Ms. Hunt also touches on the conflict between following God and submitting to governments if they are demanding we do not follow God. One of the things that Leah struggles with regarding her faith is not understanding who God is. She also doesn’t think she is special enough for God to speak to her. That is a point a lot of Christians struggle with. Judah’s Wife is a well-written, well researched work of Biblical Fiction. Leah and Judah are both great characters and the journeys they undertake together and separately are worth the read. The other characters aren’t fleshed out as well, though none feel superfluous or unimportant to the story. I will definitely read more books by Ms. Hunt and the other books in this series. I give this book 4/5 stars and recommend it for anyone who enjoys Biblical Fiction. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House, the publisher. All opinions are my own.**
J-M-Powers_Author More than 1 year ago
Judah’s Wife, by Angela Hunt, holds a powerful message. The spiritual vein throughout the story is moving. I never really knew about the ancient Israelites lives. At the end of the book, the author writes about why she entwined fiction with the written word, and I highly recommend reading what she has to say. It gives insight about the telling of this story. Leah is one of many characters in this book, but the story’s point of view shifts between her and her husband, Judah. I enjoyed the inside look into each character’s frame of mind and emotions. Their relationship is strained at times, and Leah has a lot of trust issues. Judah, a hulk of a man, has the nickname of hammerhead, but he is very tender with her. Leah’s difficulty at accepting Judah’s love was frustrating because he constantly showed his loyalty. However, it was Leah’s unhappy past which made her this way. Eventually, she discovers more about herself, in turn, settles into a peaceful life with Judah. Then their lives are thrown into peril, and Judah takes over as head of the army when his father dies. The battles Judah lead are described in detail, and the many sacrifices are heart wrenching. Though Leah initially abhors the role of a warrior’s wife, she find’s purpose by becoming the storyteller about the battles fought and won. Over the years, she grows into a very strong woman, as well as a supportive wife. Not only did I learn about Judah’s wife, I gained a lot of insight about the Maccabees during the silent years. I empathized with all the passion and heartbreak during battles fought to worship as they wished. It is an awe-inspiring story well worth the read.
SignGirl58 More than 1 year ago
Books like "Judah's Wife" always catch my attention. I like reading stories that make the past come alive and Angela Hunt did a great job creating a storyline around an unfamiliar part of Bible-time history. I had heard the name Maccabees, but with the help of this great book, the history now will be memorable! It was easy to get swept into the story of Leah and Judah as they grow a relationship amidst the span between the Old and New Testament. Personal interactions and complete environmental details made everything easy to see in my mind and I would suggest "Judah's Wife" to anyone who enjoys a historical fiction! I received a copy of "Judah's Wife" from Bethany Publishing House and I am happy to share my own opinions.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
Again Angela Hunt takes a person from the Bible and makes them real. I did not want to put this book down. I needed to know how these people might have lived there lives for God. Leah finally gets away from her abusive father and then marries a man who has to fight to get freedom for his people. This would be hard to handle for anyone. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
I was on facebooks Avid Readers of Christian Fiction blog and saw so many wonderful comments on this book that I had to buy it. I called my local bookstore and had them order it. I absolutely loved this book and Angela Hunt immediately went on my "favorite authors" list. Judah's Wife is set in the Old Testament era. The hard times of the Jews being ruled by a cruel king cause any peace to errupt into war. All Leah wanted was to marry a peaceful man and have a quiet life as a wife and mother. Her husband Judah is soon a leader in the fight for religious freedom when the Jews are ordered to follow the Syrian laws or die. I read this book in less than two days and had a hard time putting this down. I bought the book and no one asked me to leave a review. All opinions are my own and the author nor the publisher knew I would be leaving a review. The cover caught my attention and then I read the comments and I loved this book. Will definitely be reading a lot more of Angela Elwell Hunts book. They are terrific and page turners.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Can one simple family change an entire country? Judah's Wife was one of the most different novels that I've read. It wasn't the easiest book to read, and it took me quite awhile. I found myself reading a few pages, most of the chapters are pretty short, and then having to take some time to digest what I'd just read. In some ways it seemed more like reading a history book. But, oh, what a history! Epic battles, divine miracles, and a family that must make terrible sacrifices during one of the most momentous times in Jewish history! I never really connected with Leah or Judah but I found their struggles to be one of the most interesting parts of the story. They are just ordinary people but it is the ordinary people that God so often calls to do extraordinary things and to give of themselves in ways that the modern American reader can scarcely imagine. In Judah's Wife author Angela Hunt brings to life the lost years between the Old and New Testaments, a time that was harsh and unyielding, and is oft neglected in Christian fiction. She weaves a poignant story of love, loss, and sacrifice that will stay with the reader after that last page is turned. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Leonas_Lines More than 1 year ago
"Judah's Wife" by Angela Hunt This was my first time reading an Angela Hunt book, but it will not be my last! I was totally captured by her very descriptive writing and attention to detail. "Judah's Wife" is a story of The Maccabees, who were a group of Jewish warriors living in Judea, which at the time was part of the Seleucid Empire. They strictly adhered to the Jewish religion and expanded the boundaries of Judea by waging war and conquering those under the influence of Hellenism who were trying to take over the Jews and silence their beliefs and worship. The Books of The Maccabees are not in our Christian Bible today, but are part of the Apocryphal books. These Apocryphal books are included in the Catholic bible and I do remember reading Maccabees years ago when I was raised Catholic. They are historical books that are about the many wars that were fought by Israel against the ungodly kings and rulers of those days. However, Angela Hunt weaved a wonderful personal story of love, strength and courage throughout her telling of all the wars and fighting. "Judah's Wife" focuses on Leah, a girl raised by an abusive father, who becomes the young wife of Judah, who was Judas Maccabaeus. one of the five Maccabaeus brothers, and the leader of the Maccabees. The story goes back and forth showing events from the perspective of Leah and then from Judah. This way of writing, to me, made the book much more interesting. If you enjoy Biblical History coupled with a sweet love story and the drama of those fighting for freedom to live their beliefs, then you will enjoy this book. It will truly hold your attention from the first page to the last. I found it very hard to put down. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. --Leona J. Atkinson
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I’m going to be honest. I don’t even know how to start this review. With everything that has happened in my personal life over the last month I heeded Kristin’s advice when she suggested that I put off reading this book. She didn’t say why but just encouraged me that now wasn’t the time so to speak. I appreciated that advice as I read this book more than she will ever know. I probably really could have waited a bit longer but then publishers do want timely reviews. The first book in this series didn’t do much for me so I wasn’t certain what I would discover in book two. With characters so deeply woven and a story line that tugs at your emotions this book is not for the weak but it is most definitely worthy of being book 30 for the year for me. This is a story that I will carry with me for a while. And honestly, will end up in the re-read pile. There are layers there that I feel like deserve another chance to be shown. One word that comes to me when I think about this book is desperation. Leah was desperate to escape her abusive father. Judah’s family was desperate to escape the defilement that was happening in Jerusalem. The Jews were desperate to escape the oppression of the Gentiles. Leah escapes her father, Judah’s family leaves the city and then eventually lead the battles that will help to ease the oppression. Judah was a peaceful man unless he was up against a bully. The Gentiles were bullies. Judah’s father chose him to lead the army, not the oldest son, but the peaceful son. Not the smartest son, but the gentle son. The son who would turn to HaShem for help. The son who earned the trust of those that chose to join them. The son who lost his wife’s trust in taking the mantle of commander. The wife so filled with fear of violence that she went out of her way to attempt to convince her husband to leave the fighting to others. The wife who learned to trust HaShem because of her husband and his steadfastness to serve as called by HaShem. A wife who finds her calling because of her husband. This is not a butterflies and rainbows kind of book. This is a story of grit and depth and amazing people doing ordinary things. This is a story of desperation and hope. A story of love and redemption. A story of faith and doubt. This is the story of one man’s willingness to serve as he is called and ultimately one man’s mistake to believe he needed a backup plan. While not a part of the canonized Inspired Bible the books of the Maccabees are based on historical truth and lay the ground to the birth of Christ. One man on that journey inspired this book. One woman of the author’s imagination brought that story to life. Love does not come with ultimatums. Desperation does not come without hope. Faith does not require a backup plan. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House, NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Judah's Wife is a very special, enjoyable and amazing Jewish story of Judah Maccabeus. He is a special Jew related to the story of Hanukkah. Wonderful huh? The book also has War, fighting and violence but I didn't mind it because so does the Bible. It is about Judah and his wife Leah who had a hard, unstable childhood. She marries Judah, a very sweet, kind and gentle man. They fall under the rule of Antiochs V a descendant of Alexander the Great, not a nice guy and has a bad attitude about the Jews and what happens is..... If you like Biblical stories that come to life off of the pages this is the book for you. It is a very striking and so enjoyably interesting book that you will love. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
I love Biblical fiction. Not only does it inspire and entertain me, but it also gives me a strong sense of the customs and practices of those living during ancient times. Judah’s Wife, by Angela Hunt, is the second book in The Silent Years series. It has such a spiritual feel, and a powerful message. I like the shifting points of view between Leah and Judah, giving me an inside look at each of their hearts and happenings. I sympathized and empathized with them both, but especially bonded with Leah. She endured much and had many of the same fears and doubts I imagine I would’ve had in similar situations. I enjoyed the relationship between Judah and Leah—I just wish it went a little deeper. I wish there was more internal passion. The relationship was sweet and respectful, but didn’t have as much depth as I’d hoped. With that said, this is still a fascinating story and I look forward to reading more stories in this series. I learned a lot about the silent years, the Maccabees, and ancient Israelite customs and difficulties. I love a book that makes me see the world or humanity differently. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing (and NetGalley) and was under no obligation to post a review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a captivating biblical fiction story! The idea of a book set during the silent years between the Old and New Testaments of the Bible fascinated me. I knew nothing about this 400 year period. I knew that there were some books in the Catholic Bible called the Apocrypha and that some of them take place in this period. I have never read them so there is all my knowledge. The main male characters in this wonderful book are actual historical figures from this period. Their story is contained in the First and Second books of the Maccabees. Angela has done a marvelous job of researching this historical period. She then developed wives and other characters to fill in the information that isn’t known. I loved all of her main characters and feel that she has presented a completely plausible account of what could have happened. One of my favorite characters was Rosana. She was gentle and caring to her family and any others that came into their lives. She shared her wisdom and encouragement in a sweet manner. She truly lived in a way that was guiding the younger women in how they should love and honor their husbands. After reading this marvelous book I am seriously considering reading all of the books of the Apocrypha. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
If you read my review of Egypt's Sister, you'd see that I didn't care too much for that book. I was unsure if I would read Judah's daughter but ultimately decided that I have loved other books by this author and that I would give this book a shot. I am so glad that I did! I have read twenty-five books as of 2/16/18 and Judah's Wife is one of the most moving and compelling books that I have read out of those. I want to talk about the 4-star rating right fast (which is actually closer to 4.5 but Goodreads doesn't allow half-stars). When it comes to plot and characters, this book is 100% a five-star book. I was emotionally engaged with the story and there is a certain scene in Judah's Daughter that is perhaps one of the most gripping scenes I've ever read in this genre. Without giving too much away; Leah is completely broken and begs Judah to do to her what she expects that he eventually will. Judah places his life in her hands and proves to her that he will not harm her—not matter what she chooses to do to him. My heart dropped at her response. I was shocked, sad and completely overwhelmed. Judah's response won my respect and a piece of my heart. So, as I was saying about this 4-star rating. It has absolutely nothing to do with the characters or the story. Although, the ending did leave me so melancholy that I wanted to cry out of frustration. In fact, I did. More on that in a bit... I had only two issues with this book and they're fairly minor. In a particular battle scene in this book, Judah and his brothers encounter men on elephants. Judah's brother dives under the legs of the armored elephants and slashes at them. This felt too much like a particular battle scene in Lord of the Rings. It detracted from the story to me in a small way as that is all I could picture. This will not be an issue for readers who have not read the books or watched Lord of the Rings. Two characters deaths were mentioned in passing. After having been an integral part of the story for me; I wanted to know how they died. I needed closure for their deaths. This book comes to a melancholy end. If you're looking for a book that has a happy ending then this book is not the one for you. However, if you're looking for a book that features a broken woman who learns to put her trust in God then I would definitely suggest this book. Leah's life is one that many women live. She experiences abuse, love, and loss; realizing that God never promised that life would be easy. But that He would be there for her through all of life's trials. This book was provided to me by Bethany House Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Judah's Wife: A Novel of the MaccabeesLeah had a childhood that would not be envied. Her father was verbally, as well as physically, abusive. To escape from this life, Leah marries Judah. Judah saved Leah and her friend from some boys who would have liked to have their way with the girls. In addition to his physical strength, Judah is also a gentle person. This area of the world is ruled by Antiochus IV who was one of Alexander the Great's generals son. He expects obedience to his every word. If the Jews do not they face death. This leads to conflict within the Jews as they risk all to follow Moses' law. Leah is looking for peace while Judah's father starts a war by ignoring Antiochus IV degree. When faced with death he urges Judah to continue fighting. This story of the Maccabees helped to clarify so much for me. I have read many of Angela Hunt's books and I know that she researches the subject before she writes the novel. The story is filled with the history of this time that I needed to understand the conflicts at that time. The characters had depth and the descriptions of the people and the time was so concise that I was able to place myself in the time and place. I enjoyed this book very much. I was given this book by the publisher, Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Debbie_Putman More than 1 year ago
Angela Hunt's story about Judah's Wife shows the transforming power of God's love. Leah, raised in an abusive home, longs for peace. When her husband, Judah, is called to lead the Maccabees she tries to stop him from going to war. I was frustrated with Leah when she refused to understand Judah’s call. But Leah didn’t have a relationship with Adonai and needed to learn about not only her husband’s love but God’s love as well. Her growing reliance on God showed how His love and grace transforms us.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Angela Hunt immerses her readers in an era that most know nothing about, and not only brings to life the history of the Maccabees, but teaches many lessons through the lives of the characters. In this dual point-of-view story, we meet Leah and Judah. Leah has grown up in a violent home, and must learn to trust her husband and her God. Her personal growth is astounding as she discovers HaShem's purpose for her life. In contrast, Judah, her husband, having grown up in a God-fearing family, is humble, gentle, and devoted to God. Judah and his brothers all recognize their own and each other's role in the family, which promotes peace and security with the family. I was surprised at how quickly I was able to read this book. It has many short chapters, which kept the pace moving. Additionally, the book is about many battles that took place, and Hunt knows when to give details and when to summarize events. Hunt's intensive research allows her to write authoritatively. Between her knowledge and creativity, she has penned a wonderful story that will enlighten and encourage the reader. Men and women will enjoy it, especially those who enjoy historical and biblical fiction. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
CafinatedReads2009 More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness. This book, y'all. THIS. BOOK. Angela Hunt is an amazing author. Her style is so incredibly unique. I was blessed to have EGYPT'S SISTER and now I've been doubly blessed to get to read another incredibly moving, mind altering novel by the uberly talented Ms. Hunt. In this incredible novel, we get to see Judah and Leah. I had a deep sadness for all Leah went through. As someone who has dealt with an abusive man before, I felt all her trust issues, I felt all her pain and suffering. I can't imagine what it was like during that time period to be abused by your father and not be able to trust. And Judah....oh, how I loved his flaw filled self. He was not someone I would have normally enjoyed seeing in a book, but as I read the story, I fell in love with him hard. He was such a wonderful person for the story. Seeing him with Leah, well I cheered them on throughout the book. Ms. Hunt has, once again, hit the Biblical fiction nail on the head. This book will shake you to the core, and leave you with all the feels that a book can leave you with. The inspirational messages from the Lord are perfectly pieced together within the pages of this book. If I could give this book 5 million stars I would. Go grab it now! You won't be sorry! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
Like the first book in this series and Angela Hunt's Dangerous Beauty novels, Judah's Wife creates a compelling story amidst the backdrop of a thoroughly researched, historically accurate setting. Prior to this novel, I was only vaguely familiar with the Maccabees and had minimal knowledge of the events of the Silent Years, the four hundred years between the Old and New Testaments when God sent no prophet to speak to His people. Hunt makes it evident that while He may have been silent, He was not absent in this gripping tale of the man and his sons who lead the Jewish people in their revolt against the evil king, Antiochus Epiphanes, who seeks to snuff out their religious practices and force them to worship the pagan gods. While many of the characters are verifiable, Hunt creates others who are not documented in historic references, Leah and other women among them, seamlessly blending fact and fiction into a tale that, in spite of its ancient setting and customs, has relevance for today. The demands made by Antiochus Epiphanes and the pressure to conform to a secular form of religion seem distressingly possible in our increasingly faith-hostile world. Judah's Wife will challenge and encourage you. Don't miss it! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free Bethany House Publishers for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book follows Leah, the daughter of a merchant in Jerusalem, in her marriage to Judah Maccabaeus, the son of Mattathias (from 1 Maccabees in the Apocrypha). Leah grew up with an abusive father, so she is grateful to be able to leave with Judah, but at the same time she struggles believing that he truly isn’t going to hurt her, especially when her father-in-law Mattathias begins a war on the Gentiles overtaking and persecuting Jews. Her fears put a pressure on their marriage, and she must learn how to love and be loved. Things I liked about this book: The time period. I had never read anything written about the Silent Years or the Apocrypha. It was fascinating reading about the challenges they faced, and how the Jews responded to Greek rule. I also liked the questions it posed to readers. There were several instances where characters had to choose between obeying God or obeying the Greeks, at the consequence of death if they were found out. It really challenged me to think about that and what I would do in the situation. Things I didn’t love: The story of Judah’s family was told through the perspective of his marriage with Leah. While this was such an interesting perspective, I feel like they didn’t address their relationship enough in the end. They had their ups and downs in the beginning, but after the climax of their relationship you hardly see them interact at all, which I found odd that the times they were supposed to be the closest, we didn’t see it. I also didn't love the ending. It was based off of the actual occurrences of 1 Maccabees, so there was only so much that Hunt could do for her ending, but it was still sad. Overall it was an interesting read, telling the story of ancient Jews from a new perspective. I would recommend for older readers since it does follow their marriage closely, though without giving details.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
Angela Hunt is fast becoming one of my favorite Biblical fiction authors. She knows how to weave in a beautiful story with characters you can easily sympathize with a come to care about. Leah and Judah are such characters. Their love story starts out innocently but quickly they find themselves married and discovering what love really is. The story of Jewish persecution is so sad and to know that is goes on for years makes it even more so. Overall, a wonderfully written story that you will enjoy. A copy of this book was given to my by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
OakTreeReviews More than 1 year ago
Judah’s Wife by Angela Hunt is a historical fiction novel about a woman living under the rule of Antiochus IV. I have enjoyed reading other books by Hunt in the past, such as Esther: Royal Beauty, Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty, and Delilah: Treacherous Beauty; Hunt always does a great job bringing life to her characters. Like her other works, Judah’s Wife is a well-written novel, and I loved reading about Leah, the strong and courageous protagonist. It was nice to ride along on Leah’s journey and watch the twists and turns of the story! *I received this book for review*
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
As the subtitle says, this is a novel of the Maccabees during the silent years – the years between the Old and New Testaments of the Bible! I loved it and thought it was a fabulous historical fiction novel. Not only does the author do lots of research to provide as much real history as is known, she also has a way with words, spinning a story that keeps you wanting to turn page after page! But, this is not a book for those who want a pretty story – Judah Maccabee is a warrior, defending his country and way of life against some wicked oppressors – the fighting is nasty, to say the least! The author writes this story from the viewpoints of Judah Maccabee and his wife Leah, alternating from one to the other, giving the reader a greater depth to the story. And I confess, at the beginning of the book I felt sorry for Leah, then I didn’t like her, and finally I admired her – I don’t usually change my feelings so much about a character in one book! At the end of the book the author tells what parts of the book are fact and what is fiction – I liked knowing that the battles described really occurred and I’m gaining real historical knowledge as I enjoy a good book. Unfortunately, too though, the tortures described in the book really happened and some parts of it were hard to read. But I do highly recommend this book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
connywithay More than 1 year ago
“The pleasant, safe life I had enjoyed since my marriage was over,” Leah contemplates in Angela Hunt’s novel, Judah’s Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees. ~ What ~ Part of the Silent Years series, this three-hundred-eighty-four-page paperback targets those interested in a fictional account of the Biblical Maccabees era. Using the Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version, the rendition contains topics of physical abuse, murder, war, and death so it may not be appropriate for immature readers. With a map included at the beginning of the book, the ending has an author’s note, eleven discussion questions, references, author’s biography, and advertisements. Mostly told alternately in first person by Judah Maccabees and his wife, Leah, this fictionalized account of the silent years in Israel shows how one of the sons of a famous father had to step forward to lead the Israelites against the kings who wanted to conquer their land. As Judah relies on Adonai, his younger wife struggles with the painful past of her father’s abuse, wondering when her husband will hurt her or if he will continually go to a war she disapproves. As the two learn to love each other, they both have to rely on the Almighty to find their purpose in life, no matter what the cost. ~ Why ~ Focusing on the books of Maccabees, the story offers a fictional viewpoint of the peoples and wars fought for Israel during part of the four-hundred years that are not mentioned between the Old and New Testaments. Being a fan of Hunt, I enjoy her molding and shaping of the characters and their interactions. This one makes the reader question how God has a distinct plan for each of us. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not have any interest in the battles fought in Israel and how its citizens relied on HaShem for victories and support will have no interest in this read. Since I have never read the Maccabees, I do not know which battles happened the way told by the author and how fictionalized the author’s stories were of the five Maccabee sons. ~ Wish ~ I appreciated Hunt’s deep and obvious research, but I wish she concentrated on the relationship between Judah and his wife more than the many detailed battles that may be written in the Maccabees. Capitalizing every pronoun of God would be appreciated. ~ Want ~ If you are seeking a fictional story of one family’s war against those who want to destroy God’s people in days of old, this one that mainly mentions its many battles may hold your attention as you consider what God has in store for you. Thanks to the Baker Publishing for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.