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Sunday, September 29, 2019


She is a woman without a name. Chosen by men for her beauty, she refused to bend to their desires. Beaten and sold to a slave trader, she is left to die in a putrid dungeon.
Everything changes when she’s purchased by the Thane of a foreign king and given a Jewish name.

The king needs her to save his kingdom. God calls her to an unimaginable future. Evil wants her for itself, and if it can’t have her, it will kill her. Mariamne wants none of the possibilities she’s offered.

Mariamne needs only to surrender to achieve an amazing destiny.

Michelle Janene lives and works in Northern California, though most days she blissfully exists in the medieval creations of her mind. She is a devoted teacher, a dysfunctional housekeeper, and a dedicated writer. She released her first novella Mission: Mistaken Identity in the fall of 2015, and has been published in several anthologies. She leads two critique groups and is the founder of Strong Tower Press—Indie solutions for indie authors.

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At the beginning of the story I felt shivers run down my spine. We are taken into a place that a human being should not be held captive at. The smell was overpowering and the desperation on the prisoners were enough to make you cry. I couldn't imagine what it was like to walk down the cells and hear cries to be saved. It was heartbreaking to visualize the pain on  their faces and the hope of freedom.

One woman will be chosen to be released that will prove to be dangerous at times. Her mere presence is frightening and she seems to almost act like an animal. God has chosen this woman for a purpose and the journey ahead will be met with challenges and danger.

My heart went out to this woman who had been used and forgotten in a cell for years. No wonder she seemed wild. After being enslaved for so long, she does not trust anyone. Will her freedom come at a price? Mariamne is a character that has flaws which are easy to understand as her life has been nothing but torture and pain. How can she trust God when she has suffered so much?  I was intrigued by the time period and have always been  drawn to stories of knights. 

There is evidence of good vs evil in this story which gives us a sense of uncertainty at times. It was interesting to read about Mariamne as she slowly learns to trust God. There are scenes in the book that made me cringe at times and I did wish the author would have shortened the story a bit. It seemed to linger on certain topics that I felt were overdone. The theme of the book is good but I didn't care much for the obvious overuse of how the main character suffered at the hands of others. 

Overall a good book that had a lesson on trust but at times was overshadowed by constantly having to witness the main character repeatedly try to run away. This is my first time to read a book from this author and I have to say there is promise in the writing.  I will be looking for another book from this author to see how the author has progressed in writing a story that has more depth and less unnecessary details.

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