I had the pleasure of being stuck in traffic for over an hour with Tosca Lee while transporting her to a banquet for our local Christian Writer’s Conference over a week ago.
We talked the entire time and I learned how she got her start in writing. I was ashamed to admit to her that while I had known of her for years I had never read any of her books. (She was very gracious about it.) Well I remedied that situation in a couple of days when I saw her books on a table at the conference and this one caught my eye. The concept fascinated me.How could it not? I can’t think of any other author who has explored what it might have been like before and after the fall for the two main characters. I bought the book and finished it in one week. I could barely read the last couple of pages because my eyes were swimming with tears. I think I have found another author whose books I will all have to read now. Yaay!
The woman is a poet and a masterful one at that. The story is written in the first person from Eve’s point of view and you experience her initial joy, shock, sense of betrayal and devastating loss after the fall. Havah and her Adam transition from being two halves of one person in perfect harmony and loving communion to fallen individuals who experience anger, frustration, alienation and even estrangement from each other. It’s heartbreaking.
This book really makes you think. Adam and Eve went from a perfect paradise to everything in the world working against them. They had no parents to teach them how to hunt, farm, make clothes. Worst of all, the close communion they once had with God “The One Who Is” was immediately severed when they disobeyed and ate the forbidden fruit. You can feel the pain and abandonment Havah experiences in Tosca Lee’s riveting book.
The years and centuries plod on and Eve’s hope of birthing the “Seed” that shall bruise the Serpent’s head and restore them back to the Eden they once knew slowly diminishes. By the end I was an emotional mess which is a good thing. A great writer will draw you into the story so that you are living out the life of the character as if it was all happening to you.
This was a great book and Tosca says she will be picking out another one to send me as a gift.
Five out of five stars. I purchased this book for my own reading pleasure and it truly was! If you haven’t yet read any of her books you now have a great new author to discover.
You can buy the book here.