I received a free copy for my honest review.
About the Book:
Publication Date: April 17, 2011
Blackburn Fork Publishing
Formats: AudioBook, Ebook, Paperback
A novel set in 5500 BCE can’t possibly relate to today’s issues— or can it?
Dysfunctional family relationships • Sexual abuse Kidnapping • Love triangle Religious freedom • Autism • Cultural Change
This award-winning novel touches all of these issues with wisdom and humor.
From the perspective of a young girl with what is now known as Aspergers, Thorne weaves twists into the Biblical story, entwining myth, history, and archeological findings with her vivid imagination.
Na’amah wishes only to be a shepherdess on her beloved hills in ancient Turkey— a desire shattered by the hatred of her powerful brother and the love of two men.
Her savant abilities and penchant to speak truth forces her to walk a dangerous path in an age of change— a time of challenge to the goddess’ ancient ways, when cultures clash and the earth itself is unstable. When foreign raiders kidnap her, Na’amah’s journey to escape and return home becomes an attempt to save her people from the disaster only she knows is coming.
About the Author:
TK Thorne was the first Jewish woman to become a police officer in Birmingham, AL (USA). She retired as a captain and currently serves as executive director of the city’s business improvement district—both careers providing fodder for her writing. Her debut novel Noah’s Wife won ForeWord Reviews’ “Book of the Year” for historical fiction. The New York Post featured her book Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers on their “Books You Should Be Reading” list. A short film from her screenplay Six Blocks Wide was a semi-finalist at “A Film for Peace Festival” in Italy. She describes herself as a writer, humanist, dog-mom, horse-servant, and cat-slave.
Her next novel, Angels at the Gate, published by Cappuccino Books, will be released in March 2015. She blogs at www.TKs-tales.com and her web site is www.TKThorne.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. Sign Up for T.K. Thorne’s newsletter.
I will begin by stating that if you come into this book looking for a story that adheres to the Biblical Noah you will be disappointed. If, however you are willing to open your mind to a different way of looking at the story of the Great Flood then you will find an enjoyable read.
Na’amah’s birth was not easy; it led to her mother dying and her head being a bit misshapen. Normally she would have been left to die but her grandmother was able to save her. She was different though, she preferred the sheep and goats for company to humans (I can’t say I blamer her there. A lot of humans are unpleasant to be around!) and she just saw the world in a unique way. She grew up mostly happy, the only real issue for her was her brother – by all accounts he hated her and she didn’t understand why, other than she blamed herself for killing her mother.
She had one close friend, Yanner and figured no one would want her for a wife until she met the boat builder, Noah. He found her quirky personality refreshing so he asked for her hand. Her father agreed but her brother was not happy. Nor was Yanner. This sets up the conflict for the book.
I really enjoyed this telling of Na’amah’s story – for the most part. Like most women in the Bible she is barely mentioned. It’s as if the men who wrote the book figured women weren’t important enough to mention unless they were doing some manner of evil to man – other than Mary of course but Jesus had to come from somewhere. But back to this story; Ms. Thorne opted to give Na’amah Asperger’s which is fine but for me the constant referencing back to the issue detracted from the story. It’s as if it was there to bring awareness and it managed to supersede plot for me. Perhaps this was my problem but it did lessen my enjoyment of the story.
Barring that it was a good read and one I did enjoy. It was a time of great change in the world and there are several mentions of a great flood in recorded history. If I am not mistaken every great religion has a story of it in it’s books. Ms. Thorne took that fascinating time in history and married it to the beginnings of the Judeo/Christian traditions to create an entertaining novel.
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