CrossReaders Book Review: Rebekah’s Treasure by Sylvia Bambola

CrossReaders Book Review: Rebekah’s Treasure by Sylvia Bambola

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Title: Rebekah’s Treasure

Author: Sylvia Bambola

Rating: Five star out of five

About the Book

Set in Palestine in 70 A.D. as Titus and the Roman army enter Jerusalem, Rebekah’s Treasure follows the heartwrenching journey of a Jewish family separated as Ethan and their sons stays to fight and arranges for Rebekah and their daughter to secretly flee Jerusalem. Each have a role to play in this saga. While Ethan is given secret scrolls to find hidden treasures of silver and gold, more bountiful than can be imagined Rebekah builds her own treasure.

Review

Sylvia Bambola in Rebekah’s Treasure presents a captivating story of a Jewish family in 70 A. D. as Rome is bearing down on Jerusalem. Bambola weaves such rich historically accurate details within her writing they bring the story to life, enhancing it while educating the reader. Never boring as some historical fiction can be and certainly not shallow she draws in her reader’s attention and emotions.
Bambola’s depiction of this slice of time comes to life through her vivid backdrops, her passionate storytelling and beautiful characters. Bambola’s skill is evident in the characters she creates and the depth to which she develops each. She invites her readers into their lives, their inner struggles, and their intense love and commitment to each other. When their heart’s break our heart’s break.
Her writing style is unique in that she writes in first person through Ethan, the father and Rebekah, the mother. She does so by changing voice between chapters. Rebekah and Ethan are seperated early in our story. Ethan and their four sons are soldiers and are commited to staying in Jerusalem regardless. Ethan secretely has Rebekah and their daughter smuggled out of Jerusalem as he know their fate once Titus and the Roman army arrive.
Months of separation saturated with much turmoil and devastation befalls both those with Rebekah and those with Ethan. As we continue to hear our story from this mother and father’s viewpoint we experience battles, bloodshed, miracles, mysteries and an ever present sense of danger. Bambola pencils these in such a fluid manner the pages seemed to turn themselves. Yes this book is greatly entertaining. Without spoiling the end let me just say as powerful as the book was I was not prepared for the purity of love and sacrifice in the end. Beautiful. Life changing.
I had not heard of or read Mrs. Bambola prior to this book. I picked it up to read and review as part of an early review process allowing me to receive the book free. I never anticipated experiencing such a poignant work. Seeing and being reminded of the early church and even more so the work of the cross with such passion challenged me as a person.
I hope to read more of Mrs. Bambola’s work. I wholehearted recommend this book.

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This review was submitted by: Annette Hardin

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