The Tomb – My Review

The Tomb - My ReviewWhen I sat down to begin this book, I had no idea I was opening a door to such a beautiful story of faith, love, and freedom in Christ. I was certainly familiar with the Biblical account of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, but this fictional twist on the tale just burst to life on the page before me. I was so blessed by it and I know many readers will be too.

While the story mostly follows Martha, we also get to follow in the steps of many Biblical characters we’re familiar with. As I read, I felt like I was walking alongside them. There were so many unique scenes and emotional moments that touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. The history felt richly researched, without overwhelming or confusing its reader. And the style and choice of words throughout the book – so delicate, yet so powerful – confirmed to me early on that this is an author I will be reading much more of.

Biblical fiction is not typically my favorite genre, but this book alone makes me a huge fan. I’ve never read anything quite like this and I can’t wait to share it with more of my friends and family. (I’ve already passed it along to my Mom who is enjoying it now…) πŸ˜‰

The cover alone is beautiful and certainly drew me in, but the story inside swept me away. I was so encouraged and inspired by the faith and lessons learned by Martha and the others in this book. I know it will be a story of encouragement to many.

It’s a love story I won’t soon forget. It’s romantic, yes, but it’s also about the love between a family and more importantly about God’s love for us. I hope you’ll read it. I have a feeling this won’t be the last time I read it myself.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

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

Everyone in Bethany admires Marthaβ€”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 brotherβ€”risking the wrath of Simon who threatens to betray herβ€”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 heβ€”like Isaβ€”come too late?

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The Tomb - My ReviewBOUT THE AUTHOR:

Stephanie writes historical fiction because she loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she’s backpacked through Germany and Eastern Europe, studied in Salzburg, enjoyed gelato in Italy, rode a camel in Morocco, and floated in the salty Corinthian Sea. Her favorite cities are Rome, Berlin and Budapest. Her travels kindle her imagination, fuel her love of history and foreign culture, and introduce her to one-of-a-kind characters.

Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband of 22 years, four children, three fat cats, and a tortoise named Moe. When she’s not writing, she’s feeding the ravenous horde, volunteering at church and school, battling dandelions, and dreaming about her next adventure – whether it be in person or on the page.

Visit her at www.stephanielandsem.com.

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4 comments on “The Tomb – My Review
  1. Diane Nocks says:

    Just finished this book yesterday and I loved it!!!! So many wonderful scenes that were so well written that I too felt like I was right there with them. Ready to read more from this great author. =)

  2. Savanna Savanna says:

    So glad you loved it too! This book is definitely a keeper! πŸ˜‰

  3. Trixi O. says:

    I’ve been seeing Stephanie’s book “The Tomb” on different blogs recently. It sounds like a wonderful biblical account from Martha’s viewpoint! I don’t believe I have read any biblical fiction books. But my husband & I have had many discussions speculating on what it would be like to walk the streets where Jesus did, seeing the disciples preach/heal/teach, Paul’s ministry & the like. How would we respond? What would we feel? It is fun to imagine!
    From what I have read about Stephanie (and she has other books too!) she does quite a bit of research. I really like when an author is as authentic as possible in their stories. Or,as in the case of Biblical fiction, has enough knowledge to make an accurate guess as to the times, customs, traditions, etc. I think “The Tomb” would be a wonderful read along with her other books!
    Thank you for a great review Savanna! You’ve sealed my want-to read this book…as if I didn’t want to already πŸ˜‰ So glad you share your thoughts on different books, it makes it easier for me as a reader to know what to look for! Or to learn of new-to-me books/authors πŸ™‚

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      My hubby and I have shared many similar conversations too, Trixi. How blessed are we to have the Scriptures?!

      Thank you for reading my review. I’m so glad to hear they help. There are so many great books and authors out there, even I get easily overwhelmed at times. πŸ˜‰ So happy to share this love for stories with you!

      Hope you’ll read Stephanie’s books and enjoy them as much as I enjoyed this one.

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