Just as I did with the book Bathsheba, I wondered how the author could write an entire book on the story of Job. I knew that the Bible did not have many facts about Job and his family. And, as I said in my review of Bathsheba, so often there are "facts" added to stories from the Bible in works of biblical fiction that are not consistent with the Bible itself.
Instead of being the story of Job that I thought this book was about, this turned out to be a story of how Dinah (Jacob's daughter) and Job were supposedly in the same place at the same time, the circumstances that brought them together, and how their relationship grew during the tragedies that Job experienced. I became somewhat confused as the tale progressed, because I had a hard time fusing the two together when the Bible has them separate.
I suppose I should not be so harsh in my assessment of this book, but I am just trying to be honest about what I think and how I believe that this book could confuse others as well. I know that the author was not trying to say that this was all factual (after all, it is biblical fiction), but I think she went too far with her embellishments. Some readers may not know the Bible well and may tend to misunderstand what the Bible actually says about Job and about Dinah.
In the Author's Note found in the back of the book, the author states:
I do believe that Mesu Andrews is a talented writer. I find no fault in her ability to tell a good story. Therefore, I will give this book a few points for creativity.
I give Love Amid the Ashes 2 1/2 out of 5 stars.
“Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
(I received this book from Revell Books for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)