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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Jairus’s Girl by L.R. Hay tells the story of Tammie who lives with her parents, Jairus and Naomi, in a small fishing village near Galilee. Set in the time of Jesus, the story shows a different perspective of life in those times. The lives of Tammie’s friends and family are followed as they pursue their daily routines, carry out their chores, and enjoy the small adventures that every day brings. Jairus is highly revered in his community and Tammie adores him and is proud of her father. Tammie’s life in this historical period gives a new insight into the way of life and the daily comings and goings at a time when the focus was mainly on the life of Jesus.
This is a new and innovative approach to a well known historical era, told in a light-hearted way and in a voice ideal for the pre-teen reader. The author, L.R. Hay, is to be congratulated on creating an entertaining story yet interweaving the life of the era, resulting in a read that is fun and informative. This is a great idea to entice pre-teens to read about biblical life, without getting too engrossed in the Christian aspects, yet piquing their imaginations and interest. This was a really enjoyable read, even for an adult, and might well appeal to both adult, young adult and pre-teen readers if they are interested in a different perspective on biblical times. A nice enticing cover adds to the appeal of this book. A story that, though simple in its approach, stirs the imagination.