Year of Jubilee Book Review
In the bible, the year of jubilee was a year of rest, God ordained for the fiftieth year. A trumpet would sound proclaiming its beginning. Debts were released, slaves were set free, and everyone returned to his home and family. It was a year of new beginning. (Leviticus 25:8-12)As the novel begins, it is the year 1850, and we find Jubilee Stallins struggling to survive in a secluded farm in the wilds of Gibson County in Southern Indiana. Jubilee has had a hard life from the beginning. Orphaned, kidnapped, and forced to marry an abusive man who gave her little besides heartache when he was alive. In death, he dealt her the final blow of selling her home to his cousin
The new owner, Rafe Tanner, however is a different man. Finding Jubilee in residence at his new property, he arranges for her to stay without damage to her reputation. Rafe purchased the farm with plans of beginning a new, solitary life, after being betrayed by his fiancée and best friend. His plan didn’t include a wife, but after finding the farm inhabited by a woman with nowhere to go, he offered to marry her in name only, giving him help on the farm and Jubilee a place to live.
I don’t think I’m giving anything away by telling you that through many struggles, confusion, and misunderstandings—including the ex-fiancée trying to win Rafe back--the marriage in name only becomes a marriage of love. After-all, you know this is a romance.
Powerfully written, Year of Jubilee is a beautiful story of a young woman enslaved by a lonely and violent past. She realizes her year of jubilee, being freed from the bondage of her past, and finding family. Year of Jubilee tells a story of God’s faithfulness in bringing his people through sorrow and hardship. It is a lovely testimony of faith and persistence leading God’s people into the joy of his plan.
Christian author, Peggy Trotter is a small town Hoosier who teaches 1st and 2nd grade at a small Christian School. She was winner of American Christian Fiction Writers, Genesis/ Novella category in 2014.
Year of Jubilee was provided by the author for an honest review. I was not paid for the review.
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