Daughter of Cana
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Daughter of Cana
Author: Angela Hunt
Series: Jerusalem Road Book #1
Major Themes: Jesus, Biblical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance Fiction, Ancient Times, Ancient Israel, Middle East, Books for Women, Inspirational Fiction
Synopsis: Tasmin couldn’t understand her brother Thomas, and Jude couldn’t understand his brother Yeshua.
I enjoy Biblical fiction if it’s done well and accurate, but I’m always a bit leery of reading someone’s ideas about what might have happened to Bible characters. That being said, I have read a couple of Angela Hunt’s stories based in Bible times, and liked them, so when I saw Daughter of Cana I decided to give it a try. I found it quite good.
Tasmin and her twin brother Thomas lived in Cana with their father. Tasmin was in high demand as an organizer of wedding feasts, and Thomas helped her. They did everything together! This wedding, though, was to be a bit different. The groom had many friends who came, including a family group from nearby Nazareth. Tasmin found herself quite frustrated by her brother’s distraction. He didn’t help her—he spent the entire week of the feast listening to Yeshua talking! Tasmin had to locate the needed supplies herself when they ran short—although somehow Yeshua helped them out when the wine ran out, even if Tasmin couldn’t figure out his trick.
During the next few years, Tasmin found herself repeatedly searching for her brother as he followed that Yeshua around. Rumors abounded about the man’s activities and his teachings, but Tasmin, and Yeshua’s own brother Jude were sure that Yeshua was crazy. They needed to save him—and Thomas—from destruction. Could they do that? And what about the feelings they were starting to have for each other? Could it be that Tasmin did need a man besides her brother in her life, after all?
I found this to be a thought-provoking way of looking at the life of Jesus. This story is told by people who didn’t believe that He was anyone special, and they were desperately trying to find explanations for the miracles that Jesus performed. They tried their best to persuade Him to lead a “normal” life. I’ll have to admit that Tasmin seemed all too much like me, just wanting everything to stay the same. I really liked the ending. The one thing I wasn’t sure about in Daughter of Cana was the mention that Galileans observed a “last supper” the day before the Passover, and then fasted until the Passover meal. I’ve never heard of a custom like that before, and the author didn’t have a note to say if this was a real custom, or if she had made it up.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
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Keywords: Jesus, Biblical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance Fiction, Ancient Times, Ancient Israel, Middle East, Books for Women, Inspirational Fiction