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Reviewed by Ashley Tetzlaff for Readers' Favorite
Rebekah’s Treasure by Sylvia Bambola is a Christian historical fiction set around the time of 70 A.D. It features a family of seven: father, mother, four sons, and a daughter. The story’s Point-Of-View switches between the mother’s (Rebekah) and the father’s (Ethan), and that way you can cover more historically than with just one POV, but aren’t confused by too many POVs. Ethan and his sons stay in Jerusalem to defend it against the Romans, while Rebekah and her daughter go to Pella for safety. And so the adventure ensues! Treasure hunting, siege and famine, miracles, idolatry and ravaging, Zealots, Christians, Jews, Romans, fictional and historical figures – they all meet in this page-flipping work.
I enjoyed reading Rebekah’s Treasure from the start. It reminded me of G.A. Henty’s work, For The Temple, but more novel/female oriented than battle/guy oriented. I brushed up on a lot of facts and events around the fall of the temple, and felt that Sylvia Bambola put me in the times. I appreciated finding out about the different characters and how they interacted with others and what drove them. I didn’t always care for how different characters treated each other (speaking rudely, grabbing and slapping, rebellious and resentful), but I guess that’s what you get in a fallen world. I felt the ending wasn’t quite resolved. But other than those things, I relished reading it and thought about it all the time until I was able to continue reading it. A fascinating read.