A most anticipated sequel! I was so excited when my on-line friend Carole Towriss sent me her newest book in her Journey to Canaan series. If you have followed my reviews, you know that I loved her first book, In the Shadow of Sinai, which follows a Hebrew slave, Bazalel, into flight with the Israelites on their journey to the promised land. But that was only the beginning….
Now in this second of three books, By the Waters of Kadesh, Carole focuses on Kamose, a former Egyptian soldier who escaped with the Israelites. His story is intertwined with a young widow and mother of two and her brother-in-laws, one who is a spy with the twelve spies. This story continues the Israelites’ journey to Canaan, after their escape from Egypt.
Carole really is a master at creating intriguing characters; she is able to get into her characters’ thoughts and emotions in a way that makes you feel like you really know them. She has created a story around the biblical facts including Gaddiel, a spy who is hungry for power and very jealous of Joshua. I love the biblical basis of her story and how she stays so true to Scripture while adding other characters. Tirzah is Gaddiel’s sister-in-law; she can only see her past and her lonely future as a single mother responsible for two young children in the wilderness. Kamose, a former Egyptian soldier, must decide how he will live among people who are not his own and follow their God, Yahweh, and His plan for his life. The struggles in this story are believable and intriguing.
Recently, I had my mom read both books in the series. She told me she couldn’t put them down either and devoured them both quickly. If you have been waiting for By the Waters of Kadesh like me, or you haven’t read either book and want an excellent read, consider starting or continuing this great series. I give this book a five of five stars! Looking forward to number 3.
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Kamose, once Egypt’s most trusted soldier, no longer has a country to serve or king to protect. Moses insists God has a plan for him, but Kamose is not so sure. Tirzah’s cruel husband died shortly after they left Egypt. She escaped his brutality, but now she’s alone, and once they reach their new land, how will she survive? Gaddiel, Tirzah’s brother-in-law, is chosen as one of the twelve spies sent to scout out Canaan. He’s supposed to go in, get information and come back, but all he really wants is to bring down Joshua.
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: DeWard Publishing (September 16, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
Retail Price: $14.99
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About the Author
I grew up in beautiful San Diego, California. Now I live with my husband just north of Washington, DC. In between making tacos and telling my four children to pick up their shoes for the third time, I read, watch chick flicks, write and wait for summertime to return to the beach.