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Publisher's Summary

The story of Sarah, and of history itself, begins in the cradle of civilization: the Sumerian city-state of Ur, a land of desert heat, towering gardens, and immense wealth. The daughter of a powerful lord, Sarah is raised in great luxury, but balks at the arranged marriage her father has planned for her. The groom is handsome and a nobleman, but on their wedding day, Sarah panics and impulsively flees to the vast, empty marshes outside the city walls. There she meets a young man, Abram, a member of a nomadic tribe of outsiders. Drawn to this exotic stranger, Sarah spends the night with him, but reluctantly returns to her father's house. But on her return, still desperate to avoid another wedding, she drinks a poisonous potion that will make her barren and thus unfit for marriage. Many years later, Abram's people return to Ur, and he discovers that the lost, rebellious girl from the marsh has been transformed into the most splendid and revered woman in Sumeria, the high priestess of the goddess Ishtar. But the memory of their night together has always haunted Sarah, and she gives up her exalted life to join Abram's tribe and follow the one true God, an invisible deity who speaks only to Abram. It is then that her journey truly begins; a journey that holds the key to her remarkable destiny as the mother of nations.
From the great ziggurat of Ishtar and the fertile valleys of Canaan to the bedchamber of the mighty Pharaoh himself, Sarah's story reveals an ancient world full of beauty, intrigue, and miracles.
©2003 Marek Halter (P)2004 Books on Tape
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Critic Reviews

"The writing is lively and shimmering with detail....The tale rolls along smoothly." (Booklist)
"Halter isn't afraid to present headstrong Sarah as bitter in her old age, and his complex portrait of the biblical matriarch gives this solid if predictable novel a dash of freshness." (Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 05-12-04

An easy listen, not great literature

In a lot of ways this reminded me of a watered-down version of The Red Tent. It's a good listen and the story follows closely enough with the Biblical text. It's predictable and the narrator is not my favorite. But it's fun and light.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Marty Freeman on 10-31-13

Content not suitable for minors

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes I would take out the pornographic description of sex between abraham and sarah.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sarah her strength

Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Do you think Sarah: Book One of the Canaan Trilogy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

yes of course there could be a follow up she had issac!

Any additional comments?

This author has unfortunately used Christian characters to write a very provacative pornographic book. The story is excellent but if she wants to include such graphics needs to stick to a secular market. I read Christian books to get away from all the cursing and porno in secular books

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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