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Friday, May 25, 2012

This Scarlet Cord by Joan Wolf

This Scarlet Cord grabbed me from the beginning. The novel starts when beautiful and courageous Rahab manages to escape from slave-traders.  Handsome Sala helps her and finds her family.  Rahab is only 12 but when she returns to her home in the country she can’t forget Sala.

The excitement continues as Rahab overcomes many difficult situations.  One of these is being chosen as a priestess who must sleep with the king of Jericho so that the land will become fertile. The plot has many twists and turns as the bright girl manages to overcome several dangers.

Rahab meets Sala again when she is older.  The two share a star-crossed love because their beliefs conflict.  Rahab, a Canaanite girl, follows pagan rituals.  Sala is an Israelite who is forbidden to marry a Canaanite.
This is a well-written, enjoyable novel with a likeable and admirable heroine and hero.  Rahab and Sala are sympathetic characters and most readers will cheer them on as they attempt to resolve their differences.
This Scarlet Cord has interesting and vivid details about the rituals of the Canaanites and the Israelites.  I especially liked reading about Passover, because it’s a long time since I studied the Bible!

Lovers of historical novels, especially Christians, are sure to enjoy this story which makes the Biblical tale of Rahab come to life.  I look forward to reading more novels by Joan Wolf.

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