Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CFBA Review: The Tomb by:Stephanie Landsem

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Tomb
Howard Books (March 17, 2015)
Stephanie Landsem


A word from the author:
I write historical fiction because I love adventure in far-off times and places. I’ve traveled since I was a teenager—backpacking through Germany and Eastern Europe, studying German in Salzburg, eating gelato in Italy, and riding camels in Morocco were some of the highlights. Travel kindles my imagination, fuels my love of history, and introduces me to one-of-a-kind characters. It’s the best kind of research.

When I can’t travel, I read. I love fiction, of course, but I’m often found behind a stack of history books or searching the web for historical tidbits. How people lived together, worked, and what they ate (I love food!) is usually what catches my imagination. No matter where or when we live, people are more alike than they are different. I love to find the similarities between our lives and those of the men and women of the ancient world.

I make my home in Minnesota with my husband of 22 years, four children, three fat cats, and a tortoise named Moe. When I’m not writing Biblical fiction, I’m feeding the ravenous horde of kids and their friends, volunteering at church and school, battling dandelions, and dreaming about my next adventure – whether it be in person or on the page.


In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus’s resurrection from the dead, leading Martha—a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past—to hope and a new life.

Everyone in Bethany admires Martha—the perfect Jewish woman. She feeds and clothes her loved ones, looks after the family farm, and meticulously follows every precept of the Pharisees’ strict laws. But Martha is hiding a secret. At her sister’s marriage feast, she gave her heart and her innocence to a young musician who promised to return and marry her, but instead betrayed her love and abandoned her.

Seven years later, only two people in Bethany know of Martha’s secret sin: her brother, Lazarus, and Simon, the righteous Pharisee to whom Martha is betrothed. When Lazarus falls ill, Martha is faced with a choice: send for Jesus to save her dying brother—risking the wrath of Simon who threatens to betray her—or deny Jesus’ healing power and remain trapped in her tomb of secrecy and lies.

Meanwhile, on the shores of Galilee, Isa roams the wilderness, tortured by demons and knowing only that someone is waiting for him. When he is healed by Jesus, he finds that seven years have passed since his descent into madness. Isa journeys home to Bethany only to find he is too late to win back Martha’s love.

When Martha risks all to heal Lazarus, will Jesus arrive in time, or will he—like Isa—come too late?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Tomb, go HERE.

My Review:
 Martha worries more than anyone around. After life continues to go on without her she is stuck in her Abba's home. Her sister, Mary will soon be wed and starting her family. And her brother Lazarus wishes to follow his friend, Jesus on His many travels. But poor Martha sits at home and waits on the man she loves to return. Soon seven long, tiring years pass her by as she waits and that is enough for her brother--he soon will marry her off to another.

 Little does Martha know, that her love Isa is plagued by demons  and resides on the shores of Galilee. Each day proves to be harder and harder to control his mind. So when Jesus arrives in Galilee, Isa finally gets the chance to be relieved from these demons that plagued him all these years. Isa hurries back to Martha and with every step he hopes she has not moved on with her life.

 When Lazarus gets sick and Martha's terrible secret is risking being exposed, she must make a choice. Martha sends for Jesus but she is so worried of what He may think of her.

This book is a very interesting fictional account of the same characters named above that we also learn about in the Bible. The author has done her part fairly well and the plotline as well as the characters are very well rounded and the book was a huge page turner!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.