12 August 2014

Rebekah's Treasure by Sylvia Bambola, Book review

  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage Publishing House (January 9, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989970747


Forced to flee war-torn Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Rebekah and her husband, Ethan, each take something of value: Rebekah, the cup of the Last Supper; Ethan, a copper scroll detailing the whereabouts of a vast Temple treasure. Ahead, separation and danger face them as each tries to survive. But it's not only external forces that could keep them apart forever but internal ones as they struggle to discover where their true treasure lies.
Rebekah's Treasure has won first place for adult fiction in the Florida State Association National League of American Pen Women. The novel's combination of history, love and suspense will capture and engage readers right from the start.

(Source Destruction of Jerusalem by Nicolas Poussin)

My thoughts:

Cleverly written in the present tense to reflect both views, that of Jewess Rebekah and husband Ethan, this story is taking us back to 70 A.D. and the fall of Jerusalem. 
Surrounded by the Roman armies, the Holy City's outer walls breached, the Jews witnessed the ransacking of their Temple, its treasures to be eventually taken to Rome as victory spoils. The ensuing rebellion lasted another three years before its culminating in Masada

Rich in historical facts, this fictional account highlights tumultuous times for those who followed Christ. Separated amidst chaos and despair Sylvia Bambola's protagonists flee, carrying treasures like no other: Rebekah with the cup our Lord held at the Last Supper, her husband with a precious scroll referencing the location of a capacious Temple's hold.

An excellent read from a great storyteller, Rebekah's Treasure is an emotional recount of faith, love and friendship at the beginning of Christianity.

Includes historical references, glossary and a reader's group questions.

A Thoene fan, I felt none the less this novel well worth 5 stars!

Meet the Author:

Sylvia Bambola was born in Romania in 1945 and was adopted from a German orphanage five years later by an American Army Colonel. When she was seven she saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time as well as the shores of her new country. As an army brat, she called eight different states home, an experience that gave birth to a deep passion for her new homeland. The vastness yet friendliness of America, as well as its diversity yet parallelism still continue to amaze her.

For additional information visit her website (HERE)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from BOOKCRASH as part of it's promotion. 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. 


  1. Noelle,
    This book sounds interesting. I really like books and movies like this that have historic facts, and this one sounds like a great one. The name caught my eye too because my beloved mother's name was Rebeca. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book. I want to read it now!


    1. A beautiful name Sheri and quite a story. I think you will like it!
      God bless,

  2. Hi Noelle,

    The book sound quite intriguing, as does the bio you have presented on the author. I like her comment about the simultaneous vastness and friendliness of America, which I also feel is true. Thanks for the review and hope you have a wonderful weekend!


    1. Thank you for stopping by Poppy and I hope you have a chance to read it.
      P.S. Sylvia's life sounds intriguing enough for a novel does it not?
      Happy weekend,

  3. This book sounds really interesting and captures for sure one's attention for a weekend!
    Thank you for the tip, and blessings to your weekend :)

  4. Wow being born in Romania in 1945 I am sure the author has some stories of her own to tell ~Hi its feels like it has been a while since I have said that to you haha hope your doing well :) ~thanks for sharing love Heather

    1. I am always happy to hear from you Heather. Sending love and hugs to the whole Watts clan (don't forget Bear!)


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