Publisher: Worthy Book Publishers (April 16, 2013)
Here are my thoughts:
The young Jewish girl Mary of Magdala became during her lifetime a widow, an adulteress, a businesswoman and a follower of the Messiah. To date she is one of the best known women of the Scriptures but despite much speculation there is so much we do not know about her.
With her usual sensible approach Joan Wolf depicts a most tantalizing fictional story in 'Daughter of Jerusalem' about this beautiful woman who saw much hardship throughout her life including murder and much prejudice.
Unusually learned for the period, Mary of Magdala also witnessed the charismatic man called Messiah preaching and soon discovered her new faith. In fact, she became one of His most ardent followers!
This is my second novel by Joan Wolf and by far the best of the two (see review of 'A Reluctant Queen' HERE). Carefully depicting the cultural and religious differences betwixt the Romans and the Jews, Wolf paints an almost modern woman in Mary, and does a great job of showing where Mary's distrust of the world of men comes from. There is pain but also joy in her plot line and she painstakingly portrays a pivotal era for Christians.
Some critics might deplore the liberties taken by the author but as a student of the Word, I found this fictional work plausible and entertaining.
For older teens and mature readers due to adult thematic contents.
About the Author:
Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.
Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York. A former English teacher, she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mercy College and Master in English and Comparative Literature at Hunter College.
She is also an avid rider and horse owner!
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I received a paperback copy of this title from WORTHY PUBLISHING as part of their blogger review program . I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.