Review of A Stray Drop of Blood by Roseanna M. White

Posted 11 March, 2010 by Molly in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

About the Book:
Beautiful is a dangerous thing to be when one is unprotected.

For seven years, Abigail has been a slave in the Visibullis house. With a Hebrew mistress and a Roman master, she has always been more family than servant . . . until their son returns to Jerusalem after his years in Rome. Within a few months Jason has taken her to his bed and turned her world upsidedown. Maybe, given time, she can come to love him as he says he loves her. But how does she open her heart to the man who ruined her?
Israel’s unrest finds a home in her bosom, but their rebellion tears apart her world. Death descends with Barabbas’s sword, and Abigail is determined to be there when the criminal is punished. But when she ventures to the trial, Barabbas is not the one the crowd calls to crucify. Instead, it is the teacher her master and Jason had begun to follow, the man from Nazareth that some call the Son of God . . .

Born free, made a slave, married out of her bonds, Abigail never knows freedom until she feels the fire of a stray drop of blood from a Jewish carpenter. Disowned by Israel, despised by Rome, desired by all, she never knows love until she receives the smile of a stoic Roman noble.

About the Author:
Roseanna M. White grew up in the mountains of West Virginia. After attending college at St. John’s in Annapolis and studying everything from philosophy to physics, she moved back to the Maryland side of those same mountains. A member of ACFW, a historical group called HisWriters, HEWN Marketing, and the senior reviewer for the Christian Review of Books, Roseanna’s days are filled.

When she isn’t at her computer, she’s focused on being a wife, mommy to two small children, and chasing dusty bunnies back under her couch where they belong. Roseanna has one book out with a small press (A Stray Drop of Blood from WhiteFire Publishing) and is represented by the Benrey Literary Agency.

My Review:
How do I put into words my thoughts on this absolutely WONDERFUL and AMAZING Biblical fiction book WITHOUT giving away spoilers? I just don’t know where to begin! I suppose that I could say that this book was great and well written and all the usual things that come in a review. But this one, I just don’t feel good about doing that.

I reviewed two books by Jill Eileen Smith not long ago, both of which were Biblical fiction, Abigail and Michal. However, as good as those ones were, A Stray Drop of Blood is so much BETTER than those! The feeling I got while reading of Abigail and her struggles as a slave then a mother and widow at such a young age, of the love and the tragedy among those she loved….it’s so powerful! I am just in awe over this book. For it to have that kind of pull is just absolutely astounding!

Roseanna White brought us a wonderful debut novel. This is a book that is just too good to pass up(I know I keep saying that but I just can’t say it enough!). It is at the TOP of my recommendation list! Her writing style is just too fascinating to forget, and the journey that she takes you on, through an epic era in time, and the way her words describe the intimate detail of living during those times was just beyond words. I felt a true part of this story and I felt God reach out and touch me with this book. P-O-W-E-R-F-U-L!!

While I recommend this book to everyone, my recommendation comes with a warning: take stock in tissues and make sure that you have lots of time set aside to read this and truly focus on this wonderfully captivating, complex story of a time long ago. The after thought from this book is just as powerful as reading the story itself!

Please, grab a copy(click here to order!) of A Stray Drop of Blood TODAY! It is absolutely worth your time to read it and think about it afterwards. You won’t soon forget these amazing characters or this author. Roseanna M. White is a 5 star author with a definite 5 star debut novel and deserves the highest of praises for the best book I have ever read to date (and I have read LOTS of great books!)!!!

A copy of this book was provided for review courtesy of the author(Thank you, Roseanna!)*

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