Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Song of the Shepherd Woman

In the first century, Channa’s stepfather gives her to her maternal great-uncle Avram to raise. Avram is known to be a peculiar, perhaps dangerous, man. His wife Yael cannot speak. Nevertheless, they are kind to Channah and teach her how to care for sheep. When her stepfather unexpectedly announces her betrothal to a Jerusalem tanner, the girl is forced to leave the only home she knows. 

Channah looks forward to a loving husband, but soon learns she is to be Enos the tanner’s second wife. The beautiful first wife is barren, and she resents her youthful rival. Channa struggles to adjust to marriage and city life, cherishing the hope of someday having her own child to love.

My Review:  The writing team of Havel and Faucheux does not disappoint with another Historical Fiction.  

Channa’s stepfather considers her a burden and another mouth to feed. He takes her to her maternal uncle, a shepherd. She is a happy helpful child and learns to care for the sheep, but within a few years her stepfather arrives telling her she’s betrothed. Channa is excited to return to the city for her marriage, but sorry to leave her aunt and uncle.  

The story portrays the struggles of women in the first century. Channa finds herself in one circumstance after another where she’s required to perform duties others will not accept. She longs for a child of her own, but embraces her responsibilities putting her longings aside.

The underlying story centers on the last days of Christ and Channa’s desire to follow the Way.

Carlene Havel has a degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She writes Christian-themed romances and historical novels. Carlene has lived in Turkey, Republic of the Philippines, and numerous US states. After a career in human resources and software development, she began writing in 2005. The Havels make their home in Texas, surrounded by their extended family. You are invited to connect with Carlene through her FaceBook author page, https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarleneHavel 

Sharon Faucheux was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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, Texas. Sharon’s favorite activity is traveling with her always entertaining family.

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