Monday, March 25, 2013

So Shines the Night

Title:  So Shines the Night
Author:  Tracy Higley
Pages:  395
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
                Tracy Higley is one of my favorite authors, and with So Shines the Night, she remains in that group!  The setting is the ancient city of Ephesus in 57 A.D.  Chapter 19 in the books of Acts in the Bible plays a prominent role in the story with some familiar characters making appearances.  Paul and other followers of the Way are inspiring in the story.
                Daria is a young widow out looking for employment when she literally bumps into Lucas, a wealthy merchant.  In a tense situation, Lucas invites Daria to become his tutor and to come live with him in his home in Ephesus.  She is well-versed in five different languages, philosophy, and rhetoric to name a few subjects.  Lucas is a widower and trying to bring his wife’s killers to justice or is he out to exact vengeance?  In his attempts to investigate her murder, he infiltrates a group of sorcerers as well as a group of Christians.  He isn’t sure what to make of these Christians, but begins to listen to what they have to say about the One True God.
                As the story progresses, tension builds and romance blooms between Daria and Lucas.  Lucas is full of anger and frustration that makes him unpredictable.  One minute he is laughing and charming and the next minute he is throwing something.  Daria thinks Lucas is her second chance to save someone from themselves.  She failed to save her husband, but she vows not to fail this time with Lucas.  Daria also has her own encounters with people of the Way.  She, too, begins to question her beliefs in the Greek gods and goddesses.  She has a great teacher to show her the Way as it is Paul.
                The plot takes twists and turns that make it interesting.  The descriptive words the author uses really give the reader a flavor for life at this time and the ability to put oneself in the shoes of Daria or Lucas.  I could easily feel the emotions of the characters as well as envision the sights they were seeing, which is great storytelling ability found in the talent of Tracy Higley.  The great use of vocabulary also heightens the tension and suspense to keep the reader turning the pages.  I had a hard time putting this book down as I wanted to see how the story ended and couldn’t wait until the next day.  There is also an interesting person who narrates the prologue and epilogue.  Can you guess who it is?
                My rating is 5 stars.
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