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Thank you to the The B&B Media Group for offering us a free review copy of Everybody's Daughter. I love time travel and Biblical fiction. Combine the two and I was excited to read this novel and jumped at the opportunity to receive it.
I recommend reading Michael J. Sullivan's first novel, Necessary Heartbreak, before this one. Everybody's Daughter can stand alone, however, I think I'd have enjoyed it more if I'd read the other book first. It takes Michael Stewart and his daughter, Elizabeth, on their first journey into First Century Jerusalem via the tunnel of an old church that unexpectedly appears. The second novel discusses events that happened in the first, but their second trip back via that same tunnel finds the two of them separated by two different time periods.
You meet the woman, Leah, that Michael fell in love with in the first novel, but they are not exactly reunited in this one. There is tragedy and heartbreak ahead for several of the characters and Elizabeth plays a very dramatic role.
In the first novel, Michael and his daughter are in Jerusalem during the crucifixion of Jesus. In this one, he meets Jesus before that and is present for the Sermon on the Mount.
The story is not just about the time spent in the First Century, however. Michael's present-day family is introduced, complete with family conflicts. Much of the book is about the value of forgiveness, and Michael's difficulty in doing so. And, because of Elizabeth's sudden disappearance, and a bit of her blood found in his car, Michael becomes a prime suspect in her disappearance. It's family and friends who protect him from arrest and aid in his return to the past in an effort to find Elizabeth. Does he? You'll have to read it to see.
An unusual story with a twist at the end.
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Fiction Std (May 16, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches