In Love Amid the Ashes Mesu Andrews brings the story of Job to life. She offers plausible explanations for the events depicted in the story of Job. Well-developed characters and realistic plot draw readers into the story. Research provides a solid foundation for the story, in the background without distracting the reader's attention. I'm reading this on a mobile device, making it awkward to refer to the character chart at the beginning of the book, which I'm sure would be very helpful for keeping everyone straight. I started reading this when I had quite a few other things going on and now I'm making time every day to read another portion of this fascinating story. I picked this book up on a free Kindle promotion, and now I'll be trying to track down the next title in the series!
Love amid the ashes is a fictional story of Diana, Jacobls daughter and her life after her encounter with Shechem, the prince of the Hivite. It also intertwines with the story of Job.
The story opens when Job decides to ask Jacob for Diana's hand in marriage for one of his younger son's. Jacob agrees, but Diana wants nothing but to stay in her father's camp and tend the sick. Job vows not to force the young Diana, but waits patiently for her come with him willingly. However just when Job and Diana return to Job's home tragedy strikes. Job's children are all killed, all his wealth taken, and finally his health begins to fail. Through it all Diana remains at Job's side when all others flee. She encourages him and uses her knowledge of healing herbs to help Job's illness. It was a true picture of unconditional love.
I admit I'm not very familiar with the book of Job, but I did like that I could go to Job in the bible and follow along with this story and that Job and Jacob were contemporarys. The pictures that the author paints about the people and the buildings and the way of life were truly brilliant. It took my breath away when Job offers a sacrifice to God on the behalf of Diana for her to be cleansed.
The only problem that I had with this book the part in the beginning where the author chose to make Diane and Shechem relationship a love story and that Diana was shamed by marring a Hivite, but scripture (gen 34:2) says that he took her by force.
I also had a hard time getting through the last third of the book. It just seemed to slow down and drag for me.
Overall though it was a delightful book, and it could inspire someone to study the book of Job. I would recommend it.
Love Amid the Ashes is a well-researched look into the life of Job. Mesu Andrews stays true to the story of Job using her meticulous research to write a story full of life, romance and passion. What was Jobs life like before he lost everything? How did Jobs wife react to the tragedy that struck her family? As with other books Ive read of Mesus, she makes reading Biblical fiction fun introducing characters that add to the story. If youve read the book of Job and wondered how things might have been, I recommend reading Love Amid the Ashes! A definite must-read!
Love Amid The Ashes was a wonderful story. It is my first book by this author and I am really impressed. I have always loved the story of Job so this was really a joy for me to read his story in a novel version. I really liked that she brought Job's wife character more alive because the bible does not give us much details about her except the fact that she told him to curse God and die. I was really excited to meet Dinah Jacob's daughter in this book because again not much is said about her in the bible after her brothers bloodshed. I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series. I highly recommend this story to other readers.
A whirlwind of historical fact, drama, love, and God's word, are all woven together to make two remarkable Biblical characters come to life. The details of family life in an era when women were treated as chattel is so rich and vibrant, you sympathize with the women, and burn over the arrogance of some of the men. And the picture of Job's suffering is so vivid, that it would be impossible to view the book of Job the same way again. And through it all, you see God's hand overseeing and directing, even through the failures of men.
If there was a higher rating for historical fiction, I would give it. Mesu Andrews has a new fan.