Noah's Wife
by T.K. Thorne

Chalet Publishers LLC, 2010. ISBN 978-0-984-08364-0.
Reviewed by Jennifer Melville
Posted on 05/13/2010

Fiction: Historical

Na'amah wanted nothing more than to live her life as a shepherdess tending the community's flocks. As a young woman living with Asperger's Syndrome around 5500 BCE, she's always struggled to fit into 'normal' society. Her dreams of a solitary existence are shattered, however, by fate. She marries the famous ship-builder Noah and is proclaimed a priestess, all while being harassed by her hateful yet powerful brother who wishes she had been left to die at birth. T.K. Thorne's debut novel Noah's Wife is chock full of intrigue, romance, danger, and in-depth and heartfelt character growth.

I wasn't sure what to expect what I picked this book up, thinking that with a title like Noah's Wife it was sure to be highly religious and about life aboard Noah's ark. I couldn't have been more mistaken. Not only does Na'amah struggle with her own religious beliefs and the controversy over one-God vs. Goddess worship, but her whole tale takes place before the great flood even happened. What I liked most about Na'amah was that rather than being pious and holy, she was realistic and struggled to learn who she was a person, wife, and citizen. This story is well-written, fast-paced, and thoroughly and enjoyably unpredictable. I was particularly interested in the love-triangle type relationship between Na'amah, Noah, and Yanner, as well as the dark relationship between Na'amah and her brother.

Give T.K. Thorne a try. I loved this book so much it is one of the few novels I'll read a second time, just to catch the plot twists and details I missed the first time through. I couldn't put Noah's Wife down.

T.K. Thorne is an award-wining author. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama. This is her first novel. Visit her website.

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