Young, wild and wilful, Shushana's burning quest for fulfilment entices her down a slippery byway of self-deception, passion and turmoil.
Escaping her father's oppressive rule, she travels the ancient paths of Judea to Galilee during the time when a controversial young rabbi is making his own way around this remarkable land. But in striving to find her life, she stands to lose it.
Forced to reap the consequences of her choices, she faces the final test - her will or God’s will? Only self-denial and sacrifice can lead her towards the home she is so desperately seeking - a home in another’s heart and a home in heaven.
Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace
- Published: December 24, 2012
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 148123305X
- ISBN-13: 978-1481233057
About Linda Caddick
LINDA CADDICK spent her childhood alternating between boarding school and running barefoot on her family farm in Zimbabwe. Strongly attracted to Cape Town, South Africa, she went to live there at the first opportunity. Her writing skills were developed during many years of producing descriptive editorial for a restaurant publication. After almost 20 years of city life, her dream of living in the country was realized when she and her husband, together with their two small children, bought a run-down caravan park on a small-holding in the Cape wine lands and turned it into a popular resort for church and family outings.
Linda's passion is for writing inspirational novels which subtly illustrate the truth of the gospel through true-to-life characters and stories that will appeal to all. She is currently working on the sequel to Woman of Clay.
Author's website: www.lindacaddick.com
Interview with Linda Caddick
Q. What books most influenced your writing?
A. Three very different books come to mind, though I have not thought about this before: Cider with Rosy by Laurie Lee - for his beautiful lyrical writing, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - for her powerful characters, and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - for her amazing ability to give readers the experience of living inside someone else’s skin.
Q. What type of books do you like to write and why?
A. Inspirational Christian Fiction. Bible truth can be powerfully illustrated and clarified through stories people can relate to. Biblical fiction, particularly, has the ability to translate people of Bible times into living, breathing characters, whose daily lives we can enter into and experience, and in my novel, Woman of Clay, I wanted to present Jesus as the real, flesh-and-blood man who shared our humanity. I want to write books that will also appeal to those who, though reluctant to pick up a Bible, can discover the truth of the gospel in story form, which will provoke thought. Since I am always looking for books that inspire, give hope, and are spiritually and emotionally uplifting, that is the kind of book I wish to write. And what would life be without a touch of romance thrown in?
Q. Do you have to travel much concerning your books?
A. So far the only travelling has been to visit Israel and walk the 65km “Jesus Trail” as part of the research for “Woman of Clay”.
Q. Does your family and friends inspire any of your book’s characters or plots?
A. No particular person inspired the characters, but inevitably they are a composite of many people, myself included. It was as though the characters took on a life of their own and I got to know them as I went along.
Q. Do you consider yourself a born writer?
A. Yes, in that writing is something I always knew I would do. We are all born with different gifts, which usually line up with our desire to use them. Whether we develop our gifts into skills though is another matter entirely.
Q. Just for fun! What do you like to eat and drink while you are writing?
A. I get so completely absorbed in writing that I don’t think of eating or drinking anything (except water). However, if it’s close to supper time, I may well enjoy a glass of wine.
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Shushana is sixteen and very aware of the role of a woman. The man is to be obeyed without question. She just has to much stirring inside her like a storm ready to let loose. Her father has told a young man by the Raphael that he can take Shushana as his wife. This should not have been a surprise because they have been best friends since they were small children. But Shushana rebelled and refused to marry Raphael because she thought of him more like a brother.
Her parents sent her away to her help with household duties for her cousin and aunt in hopes that Shana would mature some and change her mind about the marriage. But who knew she had a major crush on her married cousin. These feelings will end up changing her life forever.
She seeks out the rabbi, the one that calls himself the Messiah. She wants to see him and hear with her own ears what he is telling everyone.
She comes to the realization that she must loose herself in order to find herself. Will Shana follow her will or God's will?
This story warmed my heart and gave me the feeling of being right there with Shana when she saw the Messiah for the first time. The author wrote her interpretation of events from the bible! Even though it was her fictional account it also had some historical biblical facts.
I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book a 5 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my honest opinion.
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