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In the Beginning
by Abby L. Vandiver
In 1997, Justin Dickerson, a Biblical Archaeologist, jumps at the opportunity to attend the Fifty Year Jubilee commemorating the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The invitation to Jerusalem could not have come at a better time. Her life is almost unbearable. Travel, conversation with colleagues, and celebrating the find that stunned the Christian and secular world alike in 1949 promises a wonderful diversion from personal angst.
However, in the bustling metropolis of Jerusalem she learns that some of the 2,000 year old manuscripts, once hidden in clay pots in the caves of Qumran, may have been purposely destroyed. Obsessed with the discovery, Justin determines to find the truth. Family and an abiding faith are her anchors as she discovers the answer to Earth's ancient mysteries and what really happened In the Beginning . . .
First of all the title drew me in. The beginning of what? The world? A mystery? A romance? When I read the blurb, I was hooked even more. My husband jokes that I only read books with a red cross on the front. While it is true that I do read a lot of books with titles such as The Templar Code, The Templar Conspiracy, The Templar Secret, they are not all I read. I have a soft spot for religious conspiracy type thrillers ever since I read the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, my first book of that particular genre.
Going by the blurb and the cover of In the Beginning, I think it is a book that would fit in very well with that genre, and maybe even add something new as well. I've never read a book featuring a female archaeologist before and she sounds like a wonderful heroine for the book. This is one that will be going on my to-be-read pile.
by Dianne Greenlay
A secret and unauthorized trip through the chaos of a 1717 London marketplace takes a bizarre twist for 16 year old Tess. Unexpectedly witnessing the murder of a renowned Seer, Tess becomes the keeper of the old woman's legendary spinner ring and its supposed power of prophecy.
Returning home, Tess bears the brunt of her father's rage when he is informed of her disobedient excursion. An ensuing altercation with her father leads Tess to the discovery of a family secret that stuns her.
Why I chose this book
First of all it's a beautiful and intriguing cover that drew my eye immediately. Historical books with a magical/supernatural twist are very rare and something that appeal to me. I'm not such a fan of modern, urban fantasy, as it were, but give me a historical setting with a bit of magic and I'm hooked.
Historicals have always fascinated me and even though you might find different authors writing about the same time period, each author brings their unique vision to it so you'll always find an original story, even if both are set in the same era.
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