Claiming Canaan: Milcah's Journey
Published by Harbourlight Books
Publication Date April 17, 2020
Genres: Biblical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Israel Creation to the Judges
Written for: Adults
When the tribal elders make marriage a requirement for claiming her land, Milcah bat Zelophehad must find a betrothed straightaway. The only problem in finding a husband is that all her suitors were slain while conquering the land of Canaan. Men avoid her in order to stay alive.
After praying to God to send her a bold suitor, a man from her father's clan plummets from a tree right on top of her. Is this God answering prayer, or a foolish antic by Eli, the war-scarred brother from one of her clan's rival families.
Will settling in Canaan sort out Milcah's troubles, or have her woes just begun?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
It is hard to imagine what it would have been like for the Israelites moving into the land of Israel, populating it near the remnant of the people they had conquered. In fact, I have never even really considered what that would have been like. Until now.
In this conclusion of the Daughters of Zelophehad series, Barbara M. Britton brings the sisters into their inheritance, a beautiful, fertile land that just happens to be near the city of Megiddo, still populated by the Canaanites despite the death of their king.
It was fun watching Milcah, the fourth daughter, transform from a mild and somewhat timid woman into a strong, confident woman, willing to speak up for herself and for her God. I loved the way she responded, not in anger and scathing words, but kindness and resolution to make things work when Eli put her in a compromising situation.
As in other of her stories, Claiming Canaan shows great imagination on the part of the author, coming up with unusual circumstances to make the story interesting. The love of the sisters for each other and the way they continued to honor the memory of their father despite the manner of his death makes me like them more and more.
If you enjoy Biblical fiction that stretches your understanding of the way things may have happened, I encourage you to read the entire Daughters of Zelophehad series.