Thursday, February 3, 2011

Book Review - "Daniel's Wife" by Anna Christian

A shy, introverted woman marries a charismatic, well-liked man.  He sweeps her off her feet and captivates her with his charm.  His magnetic personality attracts everyone around him.  She feels so privileged to be with him.  This is the setting of Anna Christian’s new novel, Daniel’s Wife. At first, it might sound like an ordinary love story.  However, this novel is everything but ordinary.  It is an inspiring story of triumph and self-discovery. 
Jessica Weaver is Daniel’s wife.  She has allowed her life to revolve around her husband.  He is a successful businessman and he provides a comfortable life for them.  He doesn’t like to stay in one place for long, so she consents to relocate frequently.  Jessica desires children, a home and more stability.  Daniel has a different agenda.  They end up in the small town of Judson Springs.  Jessica doesn’t love the town, but she makes the best of it as she always does.

Jessica is stunned when she finds out that her life will never be the same.  Daniel left her and she must make her own way.  She has been so accustomed to depending on him, she feels lost.  Our lives don’t always turn out the way we expect.  We must learn to adapt.  Jessica had to learn that lesson the hard way.  Forced to stare reality in the face, she began to pick up the pieces.  I enjoyed reading about how she pulled her life together.  She found employment, became active in the community and she developed friendships. 

I always marvel at how authors can paint a clear picture of a character.  With my mind’s eye, I was able to see Jessica, feel her pain and sympathize with her plight.  This novel captured my attention from the first page.  The unexpected twists and turns made it hard for me to put this book down.

Anna Christian is the author of four books.  She is a freelance writer, blogger, and educator.  She is the recipient of the 1999 Research and Status of Black Women in the Arts award from the Southern California Conference Branch, Women's Missionary Society of the AME Church.  Daniel’s Wife is Christian’s first adult novel.  She truly is a talented writer and I look forward to her next book.  All who read Daniel’s Wife will be entertained and uplifted.

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