Along Eve’s journey, we experience the before and after of the banishment from Eden, her complex marriage to Adam, her troubled relationship with her daughters, and the tragedy that would overcome her sons, Cain and Abel. From a woman’s first awakening to a mother’s innermost hopes and fears, from moments of exquisite tenderness to a climax of shocking violence, Eve explores the very essence of love, womanhood, faith, and humanity.
Elliott is a very insightful and intelligent writer. Eve's journey is
powerful, heart tugging, and very realistic in nature. She is not spared by the author, her story is given brutally honest truths about the hardships of motherhood, the choices a mother makes, and
how her life continues to be shadowed from guilt regarding her choice of taking a bite from the forbidden fruit. The language is careful and true to the time period things are set in. I never felt
lost by the setting or the mindset of the period. There are multiple characters who journey in this book. It really should have been called the first women as it is told through each of her daughters as well as Eve.
The author wrestles with many spiritual questions and answers them well. There are lots of aspects and viewpoints visualized in the characters, which brings about intelligent conversations and points to think about with regards to spirituality. The author has worked a beautiful and complex storyline.
Overall, the story is well reasearched, well thoughtout, and powerful. It makes you explore your own faith and opens your heart. Each character comes out changed than when the book started. Its a fantastic exploration of God's first people and the thoughts that followed their expulsion from the garden. So many great lines and thoughts to ponder.
Elohim: "Adam, my love is not crafty or devious. It exists to be taken, to be accepted."
What a treat: Elissa Elliott lives in the city I live in, so I got to meet her at a local author's group event.
I call this photo "Aten" and "Eve."
"Descendants of Avalon"
Released via Inklings Publishing
("The Forgotten" volume 2)
Reviewed and awarded the
2016 Indie Editor's Choice
by the Historical Novel Society.
Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.
Goodreads profile at: https://www.goodreads.com/JElse