4 out of 4 stars
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Into the Hand of a Woman by Carla C. Ohse is about a woman's journey into an unknown land while seeking justice. It explores the themes of faith, justice, and love.
The book begins with Deborah, who is a judge. A case regarding the divorce of a particular couple leads to a series of events that she would never have imagined. Her search for justice and her quest to find answers to her questions concerning a young lady named Jordana led her to the country of Israel. Her arrival in Israel brought back childhood memories. The danger that awaited her mission was made known to her by Mr. Bartholomew, and an official military officer named Lieutenant Barak Cohen was assigned to her. Deborah was unhappy with this arrangement, but she had to comply. She started on her quest, and the discovery she made took her by surprise and left her unsure of her next step of action. Barak was not who she expected, but they later established a bond that grew into something they never imagined. Who is Barak? How did the bond turn out? Read this book to know more.
The simplicity of the author's choice of words is the first thing that gained my attention and love. Every word was written carefully for easy comprehension. I fell in love from the onset with the character of Deborah; her role taught me about hope and determination. Despite all that she went through in her quest for justice, she never backed down. When the object and root of her journey confronted her, she did not back down despite the fear that overwhelmed her. She stood her ground and ensured that she did her best in everything. I also admire the character of Barak. His desire to do what was right even when it seemed like he was fighting the battle alone really motivated me.
The way the author narrates the plot of the story using vivid descriptions is another thing I love about the book. Each scenario is described in such a way that I can see things from the perspective of the various characters. For instance, when Deborah is taken to the temporary home for the refugees, the author describes the living condition of the people there. Even without insight into the lives of the refugees, I could picture what they were going through and the emotions they battled. One thing I disliked about the plot was that less information was given about the character Sisera. The reason for some of his actions was not adequately explained.
I came across one error, and I was greatly impressed because it helped me appreciate the author's effort towards an unhindered reading process. The book was well edited; therefore, I rate Into the Hand of a Woman 4 out of 4 stars.
I recommend this book to readers who desire to have a say in things that matter and aim to be a source of hope to others. I love the author's openness, the details of the characters, even in their area of weakness.
Into the Hand of a Woman
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