Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Fatima and the Sons of Abraham by Val Bonacci is an inspiring novel that explores faith, personal transformation, friendship, and the sense of mystery, a work that will find a great home with fans of the writings of Paolo Coelho. Readers are introduced to powerful and compelling characters - Paolo Giobatti, Eli Kohn, and Darius Salamah, and of course, the woman, Fatima. Three young men — a Catholic, a Jew, and a Muslim — set out on an odyssey of their lives into the heart of Jerusalem, but an encounter with a woman named Fatima will alter their lives, their faith, and the way they see reality in mysterious ways. And the question that permeates this beautiful narrative is how the events in this inspiring novel could be connected to the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal in 1917?
The first thing that arrested my attention was Val Bonacci’s prose. It flows with grace, and the vivid descriptions coupled with the beautiful dialogues will leave readers entertained immensely. The second thing is the international setting that captures beautiful places, exciting scenes, and most of all, the background cultures of the characters. The borrowed expressions and phrases are seamlessly woven into the fabric of this captivating tale. The third thing is the plot. It moves steadily and it has surprises that readers wouldn’t expect. The references to the historical Fatima are brilliant and readers who are familiar with the stories will be moved positively with the writing. Fatima and the Sons of Abraham is a symbolic tale that explores what most religions have in common. It is very entertaining and it has a great appeal to Christians, Muslims, and Jews. The author has great skills of storytelling, character development, and plot. This is the kind of book I read, put back on the shelf, and find myself returning to again. The spiritual depth and manifold lessons of this book are a treasure trove for readers.