Another biblical fiction by Lynn Austin which delves into the story of Ezra while making mention of Esther’s. Beginning with the reaction of the Jews to Haman’s horrible edict and ending with the dilemma caused by Jewish men marrying foreign women, this story takes it’s readers on a journey. God’s forgiveness and acceptance, along with His oft-times inscrutable will are major landmarks of this voyage. Follow Ezra, a scholar become leader with a heart for following God’s instructions to the letter. Through the troublesome times surrounding the return to Jerusalem, Ezra must lead his people or risk losing them to something worse than an edict from Haman. Watch as God provides him with all he needs for his task and rewards his faith and obedience.
When I read Lynn’s books, I can see life as they knew it—she really seems to have done her research and it adds a tone of reality to the book. She does an excellent job at taking the realities mentioned in scripture and applying them to “real” lives. I like how the story is never about just one character, but shows the impact one can have on others. I feel as though I have walked in her character’s sandals, without being overwhelmed with sensationalism. Though fiction, she sticks to the biblical account fairly well, and her additions are intriguing.
I’d write more, but I don’t want to give too much away. Besides, I want to begin reading another of her series which is waiting on my shelf.
Thanks to NetGalley (https://www.netgalley.com/) and Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.