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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Eve: A Novel of the First Woman by Elissa Elliott

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Summary: Adam and Eve's life in and after the Garden of Eden told as a family novel. 

An ambitious novel, laudable in the attempt, if not the execution. "Eve" tells the story of Adam and Eve, and their marriage and family. I most identified with Eve during her marital struggles with Adam. Yes, it's true, even the first woman had trouble getting the first man to understand what she really wanted. The honest, conflicted reflection after Adam barters away Eve's garden belongs in a Dr. Phil session. I found this novel poorly written, with often too much detail, erratic and confusing timelines, and underdeveloped characters. I wanted to like it, but there are too many fascinating novels about Biblical times for me to recommend this.

Read Mary, Called Magdalene or The Red Tent or even Lamb before this.

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