Thursday, October 2, 2014

Historical Biblical Fiction Brought to Life in The Scarlet Cord

Rahab, a resourceful beauty, struggles to survive in the pagan culture of ancient Jericho. As years of harsh labor begin to lift her and her family from poverty, a foreign army threatens the well-fortified city. Rahab is forced to make an immediate decision. Will she put her faith in the fabled walls of Jericho or the powerful God of the Hebrews? Either choice may cost her life.

My Review:  Once again, Carlene Havel and Sharon Faucheux have brought the Bible into meaningful understanding in their brilliant and carefully penned account of Rahab.
            As with their previous novel, Daughter of the King, I was driven to the Word to find the historical implication of the story. The Silver Cord unfolds as a very young Rahab learns the painful ways her family survives: her sisters are being sold into slavery or sacrificed to a nonexistent god. The struggle to endure in Jericho causes her parents to make harsh, uncaring choices.
            Rahab runs from her family, making her own way and eventually saves them all. The life of Rahab is at the very core of truth as how an imperfect person, once a harlot can inherit the Kingdom.
            Havel and Faucheux detailed events of everyday life in Jericho brought this story to fruition for this reader. No detail was left unattended from the description of the clothing, foods, and living quarters making the historical correctness of the story significantly believable.

             I highly recommend The Silver Cord to readers of Historical Biblical Fiction. You will not be disappointed in this touching and monumental story.

What the reviewers are saying: 
 "This is a wonderfully written story, creating a vivid visual portrait of an ancient time." Nancy Bolton

"The Scarlet Cord is rich in history and detail. Ms. Chavel and Ms. Faucheux did a wonderful job of developing their characters and story line through the biblical story of the fall of Jericho." Sharon McGregor

"I couldn't put it down. What creative and imagination. Loved it." Harold Dunavant

About the Authors:  Carlene Havel has lived in six US States and two foreign countries, and has traveled extensively throughout the world.  She is very active in her church and has a degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Carlene and her husband Glenn are both proud to be native Texans. 

Sharon Faucheux was born in New Orleans, LA. Raised in Austin, Texas, she graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Psychology. After living in several others states and countries, she now resides in San Antonio, TX. Sharon’s favorite activity is traveling with her always entertaining family.


Carlene Havel said...

Thank you for the lovely review, Vicki! It's especially gratifying to receive such kind words from a fellow author!

Heather Lindsey said...

What a lovely interview. I enjoyed Carlene's The Scarlet Cord and looking forward to her next.