Saturday, January 14, 2017

Daughter of Ishmael by Diane Stringam Tolley

Daughter of Ishmael by Diane Stringam Tolley
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook from publisher to review.
Genre: Scriptural Fiction

Book Description:  Growing up around prophets and prophecies, Hannah and her sisters are excited to be betrothed to sons of Lehi and to journey to the promised land. But now with her people dividing, Hannah must choose between her faith and her family. Should she follow Nephi again, or stay with her husband, Lemuel, and her son in sin and misery? This compelling novel tells the familiar scripture story from an illuminating new perspective. 

My Thoughts: I grew up hearing and reading the stories from The Book of Mormon.  The story found in the book Nephi  describes the struggles of the families of Lehi and Ishmael.  I know the stories well.  They have always been stories of faith.  I haven't really considered the emotional impact on the people who lived them.

Hannah is a young women of faith.  She wants to do things that are right and good.  Her hopes change when she marries Lemuel, not the man who she planned on marrying.  Lemuel is not know for being a man of faith.  The book describes what her thoughts and feelings could have been,

This is a fictional book based from  scripture. I loved the perspective of a female living the story.  Not much is know of the women and it makes me think about what life could have been for them.  This is a story that makes you think and gives a broader view of the Book of Nephi and the division of the family.  It is very interesting.  The book contains violence, but I consider it a clean read

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About the Author:  Trained in journalism and raised by a family of storytellers, Diane Stringam Tolley has spent her life writing. From her first published work, “The Scary House,” penned in Mrs. Hainsworth’s grade six class, to her tenth novel, “Daughter of Ishmael,” Tolley has dipped into every genre from sci-fi/fantasy to spiritual. Her Christmas book, “Carving Angels,” has been featured on the “best of” holiday lists for Edmonton Public Libraries since its first release in 2011. And her follow-up novel, “Kris Kringle’s Magic” (2012) is currently a standard for discussions on prejudice and bullying throughout the Black-Gold region. Drawing on her upbringing on one of the last of the great old ranches of Southern Alberta, Tolley’s stories are filled with unforgettable characters, warm, family connections, and the strength of faith and love.

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