Before Christ called her daughter . . . Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . . Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father's textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left. No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?
- Tessa Afshar is always highly readable, but the encounter with Christ was a bit lost in the plotline that took a different direction.
I generally love Tessa Afshar's books. I live in the Middle East and I think she has an insider view that really helps flesh out the stories. I found with this one that the backstory took up most of the plot-line. By the time we get to the Biblical context of the story, it's almost an afterthought. I was a bit impatient to get to her interactions with Christ... It felt a bit hastily wrapped up at the end, while it dragged a bit at the beginning. I think the author fell in love with her character and built her up quite a bit at the front end of the story, and then got carried away a bit with it. But I still found it worth the read.
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