Land of Silence


Land of Silence
Tessa Afshar
Tyndale Publishers

Before Christ called her daughter . . .

Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?

     I've said before that I'm not a big Biblical fiction reader...I mentioned it in my last fiction review, in fact.

     Well, this is awkward. *blushes*

     In all honesty, though, I have read Tessa Afshar's other books, and I enjoyed them. In fact, I think the author's writing has even gotten better over time. It's not that the author's writing was ever bad, it's just that I slipped easily into the language of this novel and noticed a  difference in the style (in a good way).

     Sometimes the story was hard to read about because Elianna's life was so difficult, and on top of that, she could be maddeningly stubborn. (And I couldn't help but get angry at some of the character's actions--goodness, despite the fact that she blamed herself for her brother's death, it really wasn't her fault). It had some great secondary characters, though, and a lovely ending.

Rating: 8

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


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