Daughter of Jerusalem by Joan Wolf - Book Review

Book Summary: 

In Daughter of Jerusalem, readers will quickly identify with Mary Magdalene, a woman of deep faith who used her wealth and influence to serve Jesus. This fictionalized story of Mary Magdalene is, in the truest sense of the word, an inspirational novel for modern people who are looking to renew in themselves the message of Christ. It's the greatest story ever lived, told by one of the most famous women who ever lived, and it's a page-turner. Joan Wolf's years of success as a novelist enable her to combine storytelling and a faith plot in this beautifully written biblical fiction
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About the Author

Joan Wolf has lived most of her adult life with her husband in Milford, Connecticut, where she raised two children and an assortment of horses, dogs, and cats. Along the way she also managed to write forty-six published novels, the writing of which profoundly enriched her life.

My thoughts

When I was approached about reviewing Daughter of Jerusalem I was intrigued with learning more about Mary Magdalene. Usually I am not a historical type person and usually don't find history books that interesting.

Right from the beginning we get to know Mary from a very young age and follow her during her first love Daniel to an arranged married to Aaron bar David. This marriage is an empty marriage all the while Mary still loves Daniel. Mary meets a Roman women who is single after her husbands death. This is really uncommon for a women to live alone and Julia has a lot of money and entertains a lot. Mary is then introduced to a Roman man Marcus Novius Claudius. Aaron tells Mary to have an intimate relationship with Marcus as Aaron really wants a boy to be his heir.

The story is strong and builds very quickly going from a young age into adulthood. It is page turning and had me wanting to read more. I didn't want to put it down when I needed to sleep. Mary had sinned, stopped praying and going to the Synagogue. She became very social with Romans and spent a lot of time with her friend Julia. Later a bad thing happened in her life that she decided to head back closer to her childhood town where she met Jesus of Nazareth who claimed he was the Messiah and the Son of God. He could cure people and also rise people from the dead. Mary was one of Jesus' faithful followers right until the end.

This was a great book to learn more of the history of Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene. I learned a lot about the Jewish and Roman laws/religion in that time and I was really surprised with some of it. I work in a Jewish group home and know about the holidays and some of the religion but this was a great way to learn more about the days past. I give this book a 4 1/2 stars out of 5. I really enjoyed the storyline and writing from Joan Wolf. I look forward to checking out some of Wolf's other work.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn on behalf of Worthy Publishing. I received a copy of the above book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


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