If you are looking for action, adventure, and romance, Judah’s Wife by Angela Hunt has it all. Based on the life of Judah Maccabees, Judah’s Wife is a fictional novel based on real events as told through the eyes of Judah’s wife. I am not all too familiar with the books of Maccabees as it is not included as part of my denomination’s Biblical canon, but this novel does have me interested to read it to find out more about the life of Judah and see how close the novel is to the actual events. As with the other stories I have read by Angela, I’m sure she has definitely done her research and based it as closely to the real events as possible with it still being a fictional work.
Growing up in a rough childhood with a father who was abusive to her mother, Leah wanted something better for herself. She didn’t want to become like her mother and, in her eyes, weak and not willing to stand up for herself to a man. And above all, Leah wants a marriage where she can feel safe not have to worry about anger and constant fighting. One day on the street, she happens to cross paths with Judah Maccabee who stands up for her against a group of boys who want to take advantage of her. From that point forward, Judah invades Leah’s thoughts.
Growing up, Judah didn’t have much of a desire to marry. To him, following HaShem (God) and standing up for his beliefs were more important to him that finding a women. When Judah’s father says that they are going to move to Modein to escape the religious persecution that the Jews were facing in Jerusalem around 168 B.C., he encourages Judah to find a wife from the many ladies that are an option in Jerusalem to take to Modein with them. Like Leah, Judah cannot get her off his mind either and decides that she is the one he would like to take for a wife. Leah agrees seeing that Judah is a noble man, and does not initially marry for love, but for the safety and security Judah can provide her away from her father.
Starting out on their journey of life together, Leah learns that being married to Judah is more than she ever anticipated, and while he is a good, honorable man, she does not agree with his fighting for his beliefs and contemplates leaving him. Can Leah learn to love a man who treats her well but desires to fight for what he feels is right?
Judah’s Wife is a good book and well written, but it is honestly not my favorite book by Angela; the reason is not due to anything that was written wrong with the book, but just for the fact that this book was based in a time period when there were a lot of religious freedom fighters and I’m not a huge fan of to war and fighting stories. This is a great book for those who enjoy reading fictional accounts of historical wars and it does a great job in adding the touches from what kind of armor the armies of the time would use to including the use of war elephants. Due to some of the graphic war images, I would not recommend this book for the faint of heart or young readers.
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I received this book free courtesy of Bethany House Publisher’s Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review.