Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Tomb By Stephanie Landsem

In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus’s resurrection from the dead, leading Martha—a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past—to hope and a new life.
Everyone in Bethany admires Martha—the perfect Jewish woman. She feeds and clothes her loved ones, looks after the family farm, and meticulously follows every precept of the Pharisees’ strict laws. But Martha is hiding a secret. At her sister’s marriage feast, she gave her heart and her innocence to a young musician who promised to return and marry her, but instead betrayed her love and abandoned her.
Seven years later, only two people in Bethany know of Martha’s secret sin: her brother, Lazarus, and Simon, the righteous Pharisee to whom Martha is betrothed. When Lazarus falls ill, Martha is faced with a choice: send for Jesus to save her dying brother—risking the wrath of Simon who threatens to betray her—or deny Jesus’ healing power and remain trapped in her tomb of secrecy and lies.
Meanwhile, on the shores of Galilee, Isa roams the wilderness, tortured by demons and knowing only that someone is waiting for him. When he is healed by Jesus, he finds that seven years have passed since his descent into madness. Isa journeys home to Bethany only to find he is too late to win back Martha’s love.
When Martha risks all to heal Lazarus, will Jesus arrive in time, or will he—like Isa—come too late?

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Stephanie Landsem writes historical fiction because she loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she’s explored ancient ruins, medieval castles, and majestic cathedrals around the world. Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband, four children, and three fat cats. When she’s not writing, she’s feeding the ravenous horde, avoiding housework, and dreaming about her next adventure—whether it be in person or on the page.

Written with such great detail. I never put this book down, this is an author to watch out for. Landsem writes with such detail you would never guess you were reading a book, you feel like you are right there.
A real Bible based book that pulls you in, and lets you wish you were here when Jesus walked on this earth.
This is a book that is sure to hold your attention until the very end.
I can't wait to read more by this author.
I gave this book 5 stars and recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.


  1. I do so want to read this book! Thank you Mary for this review!

  2. Sounds like a really good book! Thanks for your great review!

    Judy B

  3. Mary, I am so glad to read your favorable review about The Tomb. I cannot wait to read this book. Landsem's book, The Thief, was one of the best books I ever read. The detail, the way she pulls you in.....a great writer!

    Thank you for the great job you do!

  4. I will have to buy this book. Thank you may.

  5. This sou dsl like it would be awesome book to read !!!!!! Blessings,DanaGirl

  6. If you give this book a 5 star I will definately read it. Thank you.

  7. Sounds really good. I love a bible based book. Thank you.

  8. Mary, thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing The Tomb, A Novel of Martha, with your readers. I appreciate it so much!