As the sole daughter of the chief priest, Hannah is publicly shamed when the prophet of Israel refuses to heal her.
Determined to restore her family’s honor, Hannah escapes Jerusalem in hopes of finding the prophet and convincing him to restore her deformities. Gilead, a young Hebrew guard sympathetic to her plight, willingly accompanies her. On their way, they are captured by a band of raiders.
Hannah is forced to serve in the household of the commander of the Aramean army, an officer who is in need of healing himself. Meanwhile Gilead is being used as sword practice for the Aramean soldiers.
Hannah must act fast to save Gilead and herself. But survival means coaxing the prophet of Israel to heal an enemy commander.
This is not Hannah, mother of Samuel. My guess was that it was a book set during the Old Testament, using a common name of the time for the lead character. I’d not read anything by Barbara M. Britton previously; I believe this is her debut novel. It’s the first in a series called Tribes of Israel.
Seventeen year old Hannah is considered unmarriageable and an embarrassment to her well respected family. Her father believes her disability is punishment for an ancestor’s crime, but he’s careful to avoid any idea that he might’ve been the one who sinned. When the visiting prophet refuses to heal her, saying that it isn’t her time, she somewhat naively sets out to convince him otherwise. To help her, she enlists the help of the only man who’s ever shown kindness to her. Like her father and brothers, Gilead respects the Law but realizes there are times when it needs to be ignored through need. It reminded me of the disciples picking grain on the Sabbath so they could eat.
Providence is a nice romantic novel, with twists, turns, unexpected friends, and close to home enemies. It’s a mostly easy read but it is also brutal at times, with mentions of adultery, rape and sexual idolatry. Gil and other slaves are mistreated by their captors. The physically weak commander treats them slightly better but I was surprised he’d not already been deposed by men stronger than him. I did notice that the prophet Hannah seeks is never named we don’t know who he is or where his place is in the Bible.
Thank you to Pelican Book Group for my complimentary electronic copy of Providence: Hannah’s Journey, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Harborlight (an imprint of Pelican Book Group)
Publication Date: 01 October 2016
Page Count: 258