"Today I had word that my brother Ya'aqôb is dead." When this news reaches Mariam, living in exile in the province of Gaul, memories of her girlhood in faraway Palestine are painfully awakened. For years she has blocked them from her mind, but as illness and old age overtake her, she begins to relive the time when she defied all propriety and convention and followed her charismatic brother Yeshûa and her betrothed Yehûd'a in their daring but perilous adventure. "We were young. We were going to change the world." Mariam shared the excitement, the fear and the mystery of the mission, but cannot forget the horror of its ending. With powerful resonances for today, The Testament of Mariam takes us into the turbulent world of rebellious Galilee under Roman occupation, and the courageous lives that altered the course of history.
©2009, 2014 Ann Swinfen (P)2014 Ann Swinfen
Coming to the story with no preconceptions and discovering who Mariam was as I read about her journey.
Some of the latter scenes, I found it a slow burner to start with, but once the story and the journey got started I was gripped. Mariam seemed to blossom as the story progressed, and some of internal thoughts and scenes were very emotive.
A depth to the characters, bringing them to life more than I would have if I had read the novel. Through the author's talent we saw this as a journey much the same as that of a Hobbit for example, but with so much more meaning as each aspect became clear.
The Real Testament
The first novel I've read/listened to from this author but I can't wait to read more.
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