Author: Angela Hunt
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Series: Jerusalem Road #1
Thomas and Tasmin, twin siblings hired to oversee a wedding feast in Cana, worry when the host runs out of wine . . . until a guest tells Tasmin to have the servants fill the pitchers by the gate with water from the cistern. Reluctantly, she obeys and is amazed when rainwater turns into the finest wine ever tasted in Cana.
When Thomas impulsively decides to follow the teacher from Nazareth, he and Tasmin argue--since the twins have been together since the womb, Tasmin can't accept losing her brother to some magician-prophet. Aided by Jude, younger brother to Jesus of Nazareth, she decides to follow the Nazarene's group and do whatever she must to mend the fractured relationship and bring her brother home.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
Daughter of Cana by Angela Hunt is the first book in the Jerusalem Road series. I finished it on Easter weekend, and it moved me so much that I have been pondering it ever since. Hence the delay in writing my review.
I loved taking a peek behind the scenes into the lives of Jesus' family and his apostle Thomas. I had forgotten that Thomas was a twin. This book focuses on his twin sister Tasmin, and how she reacts to Thomas' sudden departure from her life to follow Jesus.
Together with Jesus' brother Jude, Tasmin is determined to hunt down her brother and bring him home to help their father with their orchard. Jude also wants Jesus to return home because he has just received a lucrative job offer to make a bed with an intricately carved headboard. But he needs Jesus' skills to complete the bed and to get paid. If he can't convince Jesus to come home and help his family, then he will have to pay back the money he spent on purchasing the wood. Both Jude and Tasmin are determined to get what they want and set out on a journey that will change their lives forever.
While it was clear Jude and Tasmin were going to fall in love, it was not the central theme of this story. The real story was Jesus' message. This is the perfect book for someone who is seeking to know more about Jesus or needs a faith boost. I loved the way Hunt described the Kingdom of God, and I loved that I read the last page on Easter Sunday!
"The kingdom of God was wherever God was king. It was within those who surrendered to His kingship."
So few people realize this as they make that all-important commitment to God. I love that Hunt made this clear and did it in such a way that if someone is reading this and they do not know the Lord, they will make that discovery at the same time as the characters.
Daughter of Cana is a definite must-read, and the perfect gift to give someone who is seeking.
I received this book courtesy of Bethany House Publishers through Netgalley.
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