Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
In the Depth of the Storm’s Shadow, Only Truth Can Light Her Way
Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira’s gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart’s calling to become an apprentice midwife.
When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira’s people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she’s denied herself and embrace who she truly is?
I read a lot of books. It is not always that I love a book anymore. I really, really loved this book. The depth of the writing reminded me of a mix of Mesu Andrews and Tessa Ashfar combined with her own twist on it.
I am generally very, very critical of midwifery scenes in books. In this one, a woman that has never given birth, managed to describe the feelings of someone that was an assistant so well. I have assisted and been a doula at many births, am the daughter of a midwife and I felt like I was in the birthing room with Shira. I felt her pain and the healing as she became a strong woman. It was amazing.
This is the second book in the series and you will want to read the previous one before this one. Shadow of the storm is released Oct. 18th, so go and pre-order it along with the first one so you are ready when it comes.
Shadow of the Storm Only $8.56 in paperback for pre-order