Author: Janice Rice
Publisher: Ellechor Publishing House
Acsah has four older brothers and wants to do everything they do including hunt, train for battle, herd sheep, and fight in battle to protect her people. She is 11 going on 20! Her father, Caleb, who is the leader of their city as well, grants her requests usually as she is his youngest child and he dotes on her. Her mother tries to teach her to do more womanly tasks with disastrous results. She enjoys the outdoors and often sings her praises to the Lord while at her tasks. She usually tends sheep with her favorite cousin Othniel. He is four years older than she. He has always held a special place in her heart. Her brothers and cousins are protective of her and do their best to keep her safe. As she grows older, she turns into a beautiful young woman. She is the model of virtue with a spotless reputation. Many of the young men notice her and are only waiting until she is old enough for marriage to court her. Her heart belongs to someone already though, and she longs for the day when he will realize her feelings toward him and hopefully the same feelings in himself for her. She understands the need for battle to gain The Promised Land the Lord has promised His people, but she is tired of seeing the men in her life that she loves ride off to fight in battle not knowing if they will return.
Othniel works all day as a farmer, then trains in the evenings to be a soldier. When he was younger, he tended sheep with his cousin Acsah. He has always had a tender spot in his heart for her, but they are just friends, right? He works his way up to command a group of soldiers. He has kept himself chaste for his future wife. One day after returning from another battle, he sees a beautiful young woman getting water from the well. When she turns around, he sees that it is Acsah. When did she grow up? He soon realizes he has feelings for her beyond friendship. Does she feel the same? He decides to court her when she comes of age, but soon realizes there are others with the same plan. How can he win her hand? He can’t bear the thought of her marrying someone else. His uncle Caleb, Acsah’s father, issues a decree that whoever takes the city of Debir for the Jews will also win the hand of his daughter Acsah in marriage. Can Othniel put his strategy to use to win the city and Acsah? Will his best friend’s brother, Ahijah, be the winner? Ahijah has publically proclaimed his love for Acsah, so he has much at stake in the upcoming battle. Othniel puts his faith in the Lord and trusts Him as to the outcome.
The author has taken a somewhat unknown scripture and produced an enjoyable, interesting fictional story. The relationship she portrays between Caleb and Acsah is particularly touching. The faith in every area of the lives of this particular group of Jews is encouraging.
My rating is 3 stars.
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