Saturday, April 16, 2016

Book Review: Land of Silence

 Hello everyone!  Today I will be reviewing Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar for all of you.  I got it on Thursday afternoon and finished it late last night, to sum up a sentence..."I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob." 

Publisher's Description

Before Christ called her daughter . . .

Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?
You see why I was intrigued?  I have always liked this story from the Bible and the song, One Touch by Nicole C. Mullen.  If you haven't heard that song you should!  It is absolutely beautiful!  Anyways, on to the review...


Elianna (isn't that a beautiful name?) is the main character.  She went through so much I didn't know how she could go through anymore.  I felt for her.  She could be a bit tough, being her favorite is, "no".  But that is what made her, her.  She loves her family and friends so much she will do anything to protect those she most cares about, even if it means suffering herself.  I cried for her, feeling all that she went through as if it were my own.  I loved who she loved and despised who she despised, and forgave when she forgave.  A wonderful complex character.

Ethan was engaged to Elianna and he wanted to marry her, until something terrible happens.  I loved Ethan as I loved Eben in Counted with the Stars.  Ethan was so sweet and kind and I just...ahhh.  I would seriously marry either one of those guys.  They're the best! 

Joanna is Elianna's younger sister and I liked her as well.  She is very sweet.  The sisterly love they have for one another is wonderful to read.  I also like Joanna's husband, Chuza.  I must admit, at first I was a bit leery of him, but I grew to like him.

Viriato is a gentle giant (though if you mess with him or someone else in his presence, watch out!) and becomes one of Elianna's good friends.  I loved him.  He comes to visit Elianna when she is "unclean"  by the blood and sits where she sits and does not mind at all, he is a Gentile and does not see the harm.  He truly cares for her and has always been kind to her and I just love him.

There is also a guy that I consider to be a sort of "bad guy."  I won't say who, lest I spoil it. :)


At first I thought the book was dragging on, but once it got rolling I couldn't put it down!  I was up till after midnight to finish it, because I had to know what was going to happen.  And I wanted to see Jesus... :)

The writing was pretty descriptive when it came to the work that Elianna did.  It had to do with making towels, blankets, clothes in general, dying them, embroidery on them and the like.  Some times I didn't mind reading about that and other times I was kind of done with it. 

The characters emotions were well done!  The body language as well as the facial expression.  Nice and descriptive about the way they were feeling just by looking at them. 


This story is so touching.  You see all of the hurt in ones life and how simply touching the hem of His garment not only restores ones body, but He turns around and He restores your soul as well.  He said, "Come to Me all who are weary, and I will give you rest."  If you thirst or are hungry, come to Him and He will satisfy you.  Elianna is restored completely just by Him saying, "Daughter."

This book was beautiful, tearful, and wonderfully done.  I loved it.  I truly enjoyed it and I would love to read more books by Tessa Afshar.

Content:  There are things that are not for younger readers, definitely a more mature read.

5 out of 5

*I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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