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New Release Monday


Virginie Says…

I saw this book in Chapters about a month ago and wanted to buy it instantly.  Only, I prefer paperback to hardcover (anyone else like that?).  So, I’m waiting, and quite impatiently at that!  I love Biblical fiction, so if anyone else can offer suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Eve: A Novel of the First Woman by Elissa Elliott

(from the publisher) It is the world’s oldest tale: the story of Eve, her husband, Adam, and the tragedy that would overcome her sons….   In this luminous debut novel, Elissa Elliott puts a powerful twist on biblical narrative, boldly re-imagining Eve’s journey.  At once intimate and universal, timely and timeless, this unique work of fiction blends biblical tradition with recorded history and dazzling storytelling.  And as it does, Eve comes to life in a way religion and myth have never allowed — in a novel that explores the very essence of love, motherhood, faith, and humanity.


8 thoughts on “New Release Monday

  1. Dear Virginie,

    Since you like biblical fiction, I would like to call your attention my novel on women in the Bible:


    Recently published by Plume/Penguin, the novel offers a daring interpretation of the riveting tale of one of the most beloved biblical figures: the revered leader, judge and prophetess Deborah.

    In ancient Israel, war is looming. Deborah convinces warrior Barak to launch a strike against the neighboring Canaanites, who threaten their people with destruction. Against all odds he succeeds, returning triumphantly with two daughters of the defeated king in his tow. Yet military victory is only the beginning of a personal turmoil, of which Deborah becomes part.

    Despite setbacks in her own life, she gropes her way toward her greatest triumph: the attainment of peace. Will she be able to persuade Barak to be her emissary of peace, as he had previously carried out her design for war?

    Following the lead in the Bible (Judges, 4-5) the novel pays tribute to the feminine strength of Deborah from which women today may derive inspiration. Despite the difficult conditions for women prevailing at the time, she “cracked the glass ceiling” over three thousand years ago, without losing her femininity. What all women can learn from Deborah is that no matter what the field in which they choose to realize their potential, no matter what is right for them, they can draw on their inner feminine strength to achieve it.

    THE TRIUMPH OF DEBORAH comes in the wake of my two previous very successful biblical novels, THE SONG OF HANNAH and THE GARDEN OF RUTH, which have already had six printings, each.

    The novels are not just for those with an affinity to the Scripture. They all have intriguing plots, have frequently been referred to as “page turners” and are written in a light style, first and foremost for reading pleasure.

    Despite having some sensual scenes in them, they are deeply religious novels. And, in a rather painless way, they impart some knowledge of history in biblical times.

    For more information, please see my website:

    All the best,

    Eva Etzioni-Halevy

  2. Thank you so much for your reply! All three book are now on my wish list! I’m really eager to read them, especially after reading the excerpts on your website. Are you working on anything now?


  3. Hi Virginie,

    I am working on a novel about another biblical woman: Tamar, the daughter of King David.

    Still too early to know how it will turn out.

    I wish you much success with your blog and in all your endeavors,


    • Oh wonderful! And such a coincidence as I was searching for books on Tamar just last week. Look forward to it.


  4. It is a while yet before it will be published, but plan to let you know.

    All the best,


  5. Hi Virginie,

    I also write biblical fiction – my first series with Revell is on The Wives of King David – MICHAL: A Novel is book one, released in March 2009 – Michal was the first wife of David and the story is the tale of her life as King Saul’s daughter and her marriage to David. The tag line says, “She’s in love with her father’s worst enemy – will it cost her everything?

    Book two, ABIGAIL releases Feb. 1, 2010, and Book three, BATHSHEBA will follow in 2011.

    I will have another series on The Wives of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) to follow. I know your post on biblical fiction is past, but if you are still looking for examples of this genre, I hope you find this helpful.

    ~Jill Eileen Smith

    • Hi Jill,

      Thanks so much for posting, I really appreciate it! I hadn’t heard of your book before and the story is an exciting one. I’m eager to read your take on it. Another one to put on the wishlist 🙂


  6. Jill,

    I wish you lots of success with your books.

    Eva Etzioni-Halevy

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