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Najila (The Tablets of Ararat #2)
by C.J. Illinik
A sequel to the compelling novel The Tablets of Ararat, Najila continues the story of the independent, assertive eleventh-century Persian princess whose heart is torn between two faiths. When her father dies in a tragic accident and Najila inherits his Constantinople estate, an evil cousin tries to seize it, letting nothing stand in his way. To complicate matters, Najila ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Kregel Publications
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This was a surprisingly unique historical Christian novel that follows a Persian girl from late adolescence until her death, going through her conversion to Christianity from Islam, her romance and marriage, her children, and her late widowhood spent in a convent. Also entwined through much of the novel is a plot of suspense between Najila and the distant cousin she has to oust from her estate after her father's death; he has her kidnapped, assaulted, and tries to kill her even after she becomes ...more
What a strong girl to brave the world (and the rest of her extended family) after her father's untimely death on the trip to his homeland. She heroically battles her external enemies and internal demons and comes to terms with her faith under the guise of such elegant grace. Beautifully written. I am especially intrigued by how she donated her estate to a convent and decided to dedicate her elderly years to helping others. Wonder if that is an option in America?
C. J. Illinik lives in a scenic town nestled into the foothills of the Oregon Cascades. For many years, C. J. bred and showed Appaloosa horses, much like the horses in Najila. As a retired college art instructor, C. J. still finds time to draw, paint, and dabble in photography.More about C.J. Illinik...
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The Tablets of Ararat (2 books)