I’ve always loved Angela Hunt’s novels and her new release, “Daughter of Cana,” did not disappoint! This New Testament story is set around the story of the wedding at Cana when Jesus turned the water into wine and took readers on a journey with Thomas’ sister, Tasmin and Jesus’ brother, Jude.
So first of all, for as much as I love Biblical Fiction, I’ve always tended to read novels set in the Old Testament. And though I’ve read a few New Testament novels, my experience with them is limited. When I started “Daughter of Cana,” I didn’t know what to expect, but man, was I surprised! I so loved that the author crafted the story around one of the disciples’ sisters and Jesus’ brother. It was a different angle than I expected, and I loved it! The family of Jesus really became like “real” people to me and the plot offered me new ways to think of Jesus’ brothers and sisters. Even though this novel was just a fictional take on it, it opened up questions about the real story that we don’t know about… and if you know me, I love thinking about those kinds of things!
Secondly, it was very cool to have the lead female character be a sister to one of the disciples. When you get to the end of the story, Hunt reveals why she chose Thomas to have a twin and how she found evidence in Jewish records to support it, though, having Thomas’ twin being a girl was the author’s own idea. Y’all, to me, this is where the rubber meets the road! I love fiction where there are characters in a Biblical story we recognize, but are made-up. Tasmin was the perfect character for that and following her journey was satisfying and heartwarming. (But don’t be fooled! She had many struggles that tested her strength in the story.)
Conclusion: I really enjoyed “Daughter of Cana” by Angela Hunt! The author did a good job of portraying Jesus’ three year ministry from the Gospels and wrapping it up in this story. Being a New Testament setting, you’ll recognize a lot of the scenes and stories from the Bible itself but will have fun identifying the Biblical characters and who they are in the story. Some of the supporting characters are the best! Also, if you’re wondering how the author portrayed the Lord in the novel, I’ll just say there is a lot of Scripture quoted in this story! I felt the author stayed true to the Bible in every way possible and have a lot of respect for her for doing that! A great book!
*I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads “First Reads” giveaways. All thoughts in the review are my own and I was under no obligation to give a positive review!*