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Two from Galilee by Marjorie Holmes
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Jan 17, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction, christian-fiction
Read from January 13 to 15, 2011

A charming, inspiring story about the birth of Christ, beginning with the story of Mary and Joseph and how they reacted to the revelation that she was to bear the Son of God. The writing was clear and vivid, and made me feel what it would be like to live at that time, in that place: the fear of the Romans, the yearning for someone to save their people, the heat, the wind, the dust . . . lovely!

My only problem was with her characterization of a couple of characters. Was that really what Mary's mother was like? And Joseph's father? The former is depicted as a bitter, selfish, unbeliever, the latter an alcoholic. I know she did a great deal of research for the book, so I'm mostly just curious about what is fact and what is fiction.

An enjoyable read overall, though. And I loved Mary, Elizabeth, and Joseph especially.
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