Author: Heather B. Moore
Release Date: May 2012
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Genre: LDS Historical Fiction
Received from the author for review.
Daughters of Jared is another gripping and dramatic Book of Mormon tale from the extremely talented Heather Moore. In this novel, characters from the book of Ether are brought to life, including King Jared, Akish, Omer, and Asherah. Naiva, though completely fictional, was placed in this historical setting to convey the story from her point of view.
As the story unfolded, I was very impressed by the complex relationships between the characters. I found it interesting that Naiva was attracted to Akish during the first few chapters, that she loved her father and sister so dearly even when she knew what they were doing was wrong, and that her romance with Levi blossomed so suddenly. All of these relationships had a lot of depth and complexity and none of them felt at all stereotypical.
Naiva's relationship to her family was probably the most prominent in the story. Through her actions, I could see how fiercely devoted to her themshe was, even though many times she was mistreated in return. So many times, I wanted to shake her and yell at her to just leave! However, as I began to think about it, I wondered what I would have done in a similar situation. Blood ties are binding and this concept was fully captured through Naiva's relationship with her family, especially her sister.
I have to admit that I had a hard time reading some parts of the book because they were so intense and because it is hard to understand how people can be so cruel, especially to their own children. However, I think that is why historical fiction is so important to read. We can learn so much about different cultures and customs. And Heather Moore is a master at historical fiction! I am always amazed and impressed at the amount of research she must put in to each of her novels.
Overall, Daughters of Jared is yet another masterpiece to add to your Heather Moore bookshelf shrine (oh, is it only me who has one of those? :)
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