Before Christ called her daughter . . .
Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .
Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.
No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?
Title: Land of Silence
Series (if applicable): N/A
Author: Tessa Afshar
Publisher (if applicable): Tyndale Fiction
Genre(s): Biblical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Christian, Fiction
Recommended Age Range: 13-14+
As much as I try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, this review will contain some.
I’ve heard so much about this book and I’m very glad I read it! Let me be honest though. The main reasons I even read this book was, 1) Obviously for the story of the woman with the issue of blood, and 2) For Jesus to make an appearance. I seem to like Jesus appearing in books like these, which is great…. as long as it is done properly!
I have to admit it was very interesting to start off with the main characters’ little brother pass away. Although the scene was sad, it drew me in. Oddly enough, death and action seem to draw me in the most. 😛
Anyways, I really understood Elianna. I don’t really want to be personal about this, but I totally understood what it was like to be rejected and ignored. The romance/betrothal between Ethan and Elianna was portrayed well, although I’ll admit that it didn’t seem historically accurate when they hugged, kissed, etc because I’m certain that was not allowed… Otherwise, well done!
The trade her family worked was quite interesting. Tessa Afshar has a way of not turning people off. Explaining how things worked would normally bore me to death, because…. that’s just me.
I feel like I came out of this book learning new information, especially about dye/dyeing clothing. 😛
One thing I want to stress is that this book would be best for ladies, not men, because it does discuss her bleeding and that is not something for men to read. Up to them, of course, but what would be the point? Although it’s a great story and one of my favorites, it’s a fictional account of the woman. Moving on, I believe the best minimum age for someone to read this book would be teenagers 13-14+. Some content I listed below should be kept in mind for mothers possibly lettign their tween/teen read this.
This book is not overly preachy (keep in mind it does use verses from other versions of the Bible for those of us who prefer the KJV)and would be great for young women who can deal with the sadness, death, etc… I almost couldn’t and almost threw the book down to basically quit. Of course, I’d eventually come back after letting it sink in, but still…
Overall, this was a great cozy read. It personally wasn’t something I had to finish in one sitting (although if I had my way, I would’ve finished it sooner), but something to have under a blanket with a warm drink. 🙂
Obvious one is the bleeding. Not appropriate for the younger audience and males until they reach an appropriate age.
The important thing I’d be concerned with is when Elainna, the main character, is grabbed and groped by a man (basically, almost raped.) There are several scenes of one Roman Centurion forcing her to kiss him and being overly rough with her, especially considering Jews were very particular about their customs and traditions.
Other: some violence, scenes involving the main character’s illness (unusual treatments), sorrow and death.
This review was written in my own words and opinions.