Saturday, November 10, 2012

Lily's Review of The Scarlet Cord, by Joan Wolf

This Scarlet Cord

A chasm lies between Rahab and her beloved Sala that can never be crossed.

Though Sala rescues young Rahab from slave bandits, he knows he can never fall in love with a Canaanite. His belief in the One True God prevents them from a future together. Rahab's beauty gains royal notice, and she is selected to entice the King during the annual sacred marriage reenactment praising their pagan god, Baal.

But when the King suffers a heart attack and dies, Rahab is saved from the humiliating act. Her despair drives her curiosity about Sala's One True God. Could He accept her . . . even love her?

Deceit and pride stand in the way of Rahab's happy ending. Only God can use these events to tell the larger story of forgiveness and redemption.

Published July 10th 2012 by Thomas Nelson

My Rating:


My granddaddy was a devout Catholic that loved to read. And my best memories of him are of sitting next to him by the fire as he read stories from the Bible, a book he read religiously multiple times a week.  Even though I don't qualify myself to be as devout as he was, it is no surprise that I do enjoy biblical fiction. The bible is filled with exciting stories of love, hope, war and betrayals - the foundations of any good story. 

I attribute my voracious appetite to the written word to him, so thanks grandpa. May you have endless amazing reading material up in Heaven.

As a kid, I had my favorite stories. Samson was one of my favorite ones, and the one I wanted to hear most of the time. So when I pick up a biblical retelling, I sometimes don't know much about, or remember much about that particular story, such as this story of Rahab. So I am not very concerned with the accuracy of events. I just want a good read, interest read.

In 'The Scarlet Cord' you definitely get an engaging read. 

Rahab is kidnapped by a band of bandits, but is rescued from their clutches by a young Sala. The two couldn't be from two more different worlds. Sala and his people believe in the one true God. While Rahab and her people believe in many. But the two forge a deep friendship as only two children, with no regard from any worldly imposed differences, can. Rahab's family comes to claim her and take her home and the two young friends separate, possibly forever... 

But it wasn't forever. Through a series of events, Sala and his father find themselves within the city of Jericho on a dangerous mission. At the same time, the old king of the city must perform a ritual to honor the god Baal and give the people their much needed hope for the upcoming year. Rahab is chosen for her beauty as the other half of this ritual, much to her anguish as she does not wish to be the selected beauty sacrificing her virginity. But behold! There is divine intervention! The King dies before he can complete the act! 

Jericho is on the brink of war, and this is only one event in a long chain that picks up momentum as you continue to read this story. 

Love? Oh yes, there is love in this story. A love so strong that it can conquer any difference if both Rahab and Saal can manage to see through their cultural and religious differences.

Hope? Much hope. But in war, there are no winners.

War? Tons of it. The majority of this novel is centered around it.

Betrayal? What's a good biblical story without it?

All the makings of a good story. All present in this imaginative and intense retelling of the story of Rahab 'the harlot', the Jericho woman who hid Israelite spies inside its city walls, while their world was on the brink of a war that would change history.

*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author/publisher via Netgalley; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

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About the Author: 
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Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.

Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York. A former English teacher, she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mercy College and Master in English and Comparative Literature at Hunter College. An avid rider and horse owner, Joan lives in Connecticut with her husband Joe and two grown children, Jay and Pam.

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