Book Review: The Well

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About the Author:

Stephanie Landsem writes historical fiction because she loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she’s explored ancient ruins, medieval castles, and majestic cathedrals around the world. Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband, four children, and three fat cats. When she’s not writing, she’s feeding the ravenous horde, avoiding housework, and dreaming about her next adventure—whether it be in person or on the page.
Book Description:For the women of the Samaritan village of Sychar, the well is a place of blessing—the place where they gather to draw their water and share their lives—but not for Mara. Shunned for the many sins of her mother, Nava, Mara struggles against the constant threats of starvation or exile.

 

My Review:

I have read many books about the woman at the well, but this one tells the story from a social perspective including the lives of the children of an adulterous woman in that time.  Children were seen as property in those times and were not highly valued.  Landsem  has written the story from their perspective, drawing you in and hoping all along for the survival and safety.  While reading the novel, I felt as if I were living back in those times.  The author was very descriptive, giving the reader what seemed like an actual representation of what it would be like to live then.  Mara, the main character, has a hope in Jesus that is unfailing.  I love to read historical fiction that is based upon stories from the Bible.  For me, it brings the people to life and adds another whole perspective and dimension to the stories, giving them a deeper meaning and giving me a lasting impression.  If you enjoy Christian/ historical fiction,  I highly recommend this book.  You will not be disappointed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Howard Books for review.  I was not obligated to provide a positive review.  The opinions in this review are my own.

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