A Voice in the Wind: 20th Anniversary Edition
Mark of the Lion , Book One
Step back in time to ancient Israel, Rome and Ephesus, and follow along with the story of Hadassah as she faces the destruction of Jerusalem under Titus, the death of her family and slavery. Hadassah is a Jewish/Christian girl who is a slave in a wealthy Roman household, where she serves a family (and ultimately God) with love and patience. Francine Rivers weaves a masterful tale with characters and circumstances that are uncannily similar of our day and age. It is not a shy tale, but one with vividly sinful and realistic characters, and a heroine who models the Christian faith steadily.
I read this book many years ago, and I loved it then and now. I liked that Rivers did not pull her punches with the circumstances of the human condition, the depravity of the human heart, and the mercy of God on sinners. Along with the story of Hadassah, as she faces life as a slave, she intersperses the story of Atretes, a German prisoner sold into the gladiator arena. The two stories intertwine at different times to create various facets to capture your attention. Love, hatred, greed, idolatry and more are addressed in throughout the story.
This book is not a book for young girls/women. There are adult themes and circumstances that are presented and should a teenage girl want to read it, I would suggest a parent reading it first and then with. Rivers presents a masterful work, that I would love to make into a movie. I wish I had the resources to do it.
Also, in this anniversary edition, the cover artwork is revisited and beautiful. They have included a map of the Mediterranean region, a page highlighting the previous covers, and a discussion guide.
I recommend the book to anyone who likes historical fiction and romance and wants more than the basic formulaic romances that are popular today.
I received this book for review from the publisher. The review was not required to be positive and is my own opinion.