This is written primarily for an LDS audience. Without a knowledge of the Book of Mormon, this story will nothave the same effectiveness as those who have an understanding of who the characters are.
About the book:
Growing up around prophets and prophecies, Hannah and her sisters are excited to be betrothed to sons of Lehi and to journey to the promised land. But now with her people dividing, Hannah must choose between her faith and her family. Should she follow Nephi again, or stay with her husband, Lemuel, and her son in sin and misery? This compelling novel tells the familiar scripture story from an illuminating new perspective.
This story takes the reader through the author’s imagination of what the daughters of Ishmael lives were like – especially that of Hannah. It explains in further details the concept of how Lehi’s family and Ishmael’s possibly interacted before Lehi’s sons were sent back to persuade Ishmael to join them in their trek to the “Promised Land”.
The author has created an entertaining and interesting tale of how it must have been. Along with the interesting story, the reader is led to contemplate other thoughts on reasons which one may be called to do things that at first appears to be punishment rather than reward. It strengthens insight into the eternal prospect rather than the here and now alone.
Although much of the tale is not supported by scripture, it offers the reader “food for thought”.
This book was gifted to me but I am in no way, pressured to give a positive review.
This story earns a Four Stars rating.
About the author:
Trained in journalism and raised by a family of storytellers, Diane Stringam Tolley has spent her life writing. From her first published work, “The Scary House,” penned in Mrs. Hainsworth’s grade six class, to her tenth novel, “Daughter of Ishmael,” Tolley has dipped into every genre from sci-fi/fantasy to spiritual. Her Christmas book, “Carving Angels,” has been featured on the “best of” holiday lists for Edmonton Public Libraries since its first release in 2011. And her follow-up novel, “Kris Kringle’s Magic” (2012) is currently a standard for discussions on prejudice and bullying throughout the Black-Gold region. Drawing on her upbringing on one of the last of the great old ranches of Southern Alberta, Tolley’s
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