by Diane Stringham Tolley
In one statement, Father Lehi and Father Ishmael had stripped her gentle, girlish dreams and replaced them with stark reality. She was marrying a stranger.
When Hannah learns she will be given in marriage to a son of Lehi, she dreams of raising children in the paths of righteousness with a worthy priesthood holder. Instead, she is met with unimaginable hardship: an arduous journey, a cowardly husband, and possible infertility. Hannah had promised herself long ago that she would follow the Lord and His prophet, but when she thinks her journey is over, she is faced with an impossible choice between faith and family.
These oft-heard stories of the Book of Mormon come to life in a new light in this gripping novel crafted by Diane Tolley. Hannah, daughter of Ishmael, leads a hauntingly-similar life to that of Hannah in the Old Testament. She is beautiful and wise, polished by the hardships and difficult choices thrust upon her. Will she stay true to her faith and lose her family? Is her family already lost?
This is an enjoyable read that will cause you to reflect on your own life, your faith, and your choices for time to come. Experience the Book of Mormon story in a new light.
Diane Tolley lives on the great Alberta, Canada, prairies. She comes from a family of writers, and loves her craft. She has two delightful Christmas novels: Carving Angels and Kris Kringle’s Magic. You will love Daughter of Ishmael as well.
Thanks, Diane. We’ll look for the sequel. Hope to see it soon.