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Back when I worked for my hometown newspaper, there was a section called “Back Over the Trails” which featured top headlines from one, five, ten, even one hundred years ago. Going through the big archives and putting that feature together each week was one of my favorite tasks!
We’re borrowing the tradition with a little #tbt (Throw Back Thursday) feature here on the blog. Each Thursday we “throwback” to a review from last year so let me know if you’ve read the book or added it to your tbr!
About the Book
Forced to flee war-torn Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Rebekah and her husband, Ethan, each take something of value: Rebekah, the cup of the Last Supper; Ethan, a copper scroll detailing the whereabouts of a vast Temple treasure.
Ahead, separation and danger face them as each tries to survive. But it’s not only external forces that could keep them apart forever but internal ones as they struggle to discover where their true treasure lies.
Rebekah’s Treasure has won first place for adult fiction in the Florida State Association National League of American Pen Women.
The novel’s combination of history, love and suspense will capture and engage readers right from the start.
Rebekah’s Treasure is full of rich description and intense struggle. Rebekah and her husband Ethan were children during Christ’s ministry. Can you imagine growing up in this time period? Now it’s 70 A.D., their own children are grown, and Jerusalem is under attack.
The thought of being separated from loved ones and especially during wartime breaks my mama-heart. The men experience vivid combat scenes, full of emotional turmoil. Each member of the family has to fight to survive and find their true treasure.
I would describe this book as deep and heavy, I often stepped away from the story to digest and contemplate. Rebekah’s Treasure had a profound impact on me and I encourage anyone who has an interest in this time period and the early church to pick it up.
I received this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
This review was originally posted on 04/11/16.
About the Author
Sylvia Bambola was born in Romania but lived her early years in Germany, a Germany still reeling from the devastation of World War II. At age seven she relocated with her adopted military family and saw the Statue of Liberty and America for the first time. But the memory of those years in Germany lingered and was the inspiration behind her novel, Refiner’s Fire, which won a Silver Angel Award, and was a Christy Finalist.
Life as an “army brat” gave her the opportunity to live in several states, including Hawaii. Then came nursing school in New York after which she married and began a family. Raising two children and being the wife of a business executive made for a busy life. So did working in marketing for a telecommunications company, then a medical software company.
Her first novel, A Vessel of Honor, written under the pen name of Margaret Miller, garnered a Small Press Editor’s Choice Award and was seriously considered for production as a television movie.
Bambola is the author of eight published novels, lives in sunny Florida and has two grown children. She’s been a guest speaker at Women’s Aglow and various church functions, is a Bible study teacher at her church, and is learning to play the guitar.
Have you picked up this book, reader friends?