The Daughters of Jim Farrell

Christian - Historical Fiction
286 Pages
Reviewed on 11/16/2015
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Author Biography

Born in Romania, Sylvia Bambola lived her early years in Germany. At seven she relocated with her adopted family and saw the Statue of Liberty and America for the first time. But the memory of those years in Germany inspired her to write Refiner’s Fire, which won a Silver Angel Award, and was a Christy Finalist. Her frequent moves as an “army brat” gave her an opportunity to see America and fall in love with her new country.

Bambola has authored eight novels. A recent novel, Rebekah’s Treasure, won the 2014 Readers Favorite Bronze Award for Christian Historical Fiction and the 2015 Book of the Year Award, Christian Small Press Association, for Historical Fiction. She has two grown children, and teaches women’s Bible studies.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tiffany Davis for Readers' Favorite

The Daughters of Jim Farrell is a Christian novel written by Sylvia Bambola. This story is set in the coal mine industry in the 1800s when poverty was at an all time high. Jim Farrell was hanged for murder, and as a result his wife turned their home into a boarding house to maintain herself and her daughters. The oldest daughter, Kate, had a hard time believing that her father committed the crime and set her mind to finding out the truth. After pleading with her sisters, they all band together and hire a private investigator to seek the truth. This story tests the faith of the entire family but especially the sisters' trust in one another. Sylvia Bambola did a great job with tying the story together and making the reader understand the emotions of each of the crazy occurrences. The daughters of Jim Farrell did not realize that by simply questioning their father's death they would be faced with so many unanswered questions.

The plot of the story was good from the very beginning. The story is totally well written and takes you on a suspenseful journey through a small town mentality of family and belief. This Christian novel left no questions unanswered and provided very good details to the background of the story, allowing the reader feel the intensity of each and every word. This is definitely a very well written, excellent novel!

Lauren Jones

Oh my gosh . . . This book is insanely good. It starts out kind of slow at first. Then before you know it, you're trapped. There's a full cast of characters you will love, and then there are some you will absolutely hate!


Intriguing. Let's just say than in less than a week, this book was ready by myself, one of my sisters, and my mom, and we all loved it. Ms. Bambola chose a very unique setting and researched it well.

Eric Fehl

After reading this book and Bambola's The Salt Covenants, I feel comfortable saying that Miss Sylvia writes some top notch historical fiction. What's also nice is that she writes about historical periods that are not often covered in the genre. And while her work does also fall under the Christian Fiction label, the religious aspect is only gently woven through out the storylines. Also, because of the kind of historical fiction she writes, it feels natural to the time period for characters to openly speak of their spiritual beliefs.

Mrs. Kimberly S. Napier

Another winner by Sylvia Bambola. Sylvia Bambola writes about strong female characters. I admire her writing and always look for more from her.

Cindy J.

Thoroughly researched, well-written, interesting storyline. It was not a book to be read quickly as there was too much depth to the book to absorb it rapidly. The story had a mystery, and I was still guessing until the very end. The message of embracing forgiveness and abandoning bitterness was woven throughout the story.

Pat G. Moore

The first 2-3 pages introduces the characters and then the pace picks up. Suspense abounds, mine cave-ins, murder, and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading many more by Sylvia Bambola.

K. Markovich

What an excellent book about the need for forgiveness through historical fiction.