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In the days of ancient Israel, Hannah is a woman oppressed. Her once-hopeful marriage is a nightmare, her husband Levi is violently abusive. Hannah believes it is because she is barren, and if she could only give him a child, all would be well. But no child comes, and she does not know how long she can possibly endure. She prays for release and after six long years of Levi's cruelty, he suddenly drowns. Hannah is finally free, free to heal her body and spirit. But she has forgotten brother-in-law marriage, and Levi has a brother. Far from being free, she is given to Joshua, whom she barely knows, and Hannah fears being plunged once more into the nightmare she just left.
Joshua is a virtual stranger for one reason. He fell in love with Hannah the day she married his brother, and he has kept his secret, and his distance. Now he has what he always dreamed; he has his brother's wife. It seems too good to be true, that God has given him his dream. Surely there must be punishment for his coveting.
Indeed there is. All is not well, not with Hannah nor with the farm he inherits with her. Joshua faces a mystery that he must unravel, and in the doing risks losing everything he thought he knew about this brother he loved before Levi's plot traps both Hannah and himself.
©2013 Mary Ellen Boyd (P)2015 Mary Ellen Boyd
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By Ariana on 09-06-15

Good listen

Joshua has loved Hannah since the day she married his brother 6 long years ago, but said nothing. According to the Law, he must marry her after the brother's death, so that a child can inherit his property. This is the story of how they each come to deal with the after effects of an abusive first marriage, and the unfolding treachery of the dead man.

I enjoyed this. As the story unfolds, we see how each of the characters changes and grows as Hannah learns to trust, and Joshua comes to understand just what kind of person the brother he loved really was.

The narrator had a good steady pace which suited the book. Each character was clearly recognisable. without any of the unnecessary exaggerations sometimes used to denote characters of the opposite sex. There were a few rather odd pronunciations, but not enough to distract from the story.
All in all, well worth listening to.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

By D.R. Johnson on 12-02-15

A Nice Historical Story

Would you listen to His Brother's Wife again? Why?

No, but I generally do not listen to audiobooks again. There are way to many stories out there I need to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of His Brother's Wife?

Without giving too much away, Hannah's sickness.

What about Pamela Lorence’s performance did you like?

Pamela is actually the reason why I listened to this audiobook. I'm familiar with her work and she is a narrator I enjoy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

This book was out of my typical genre and took me a while to get through, but I did enjoy it. As I don't have much knowledge for the time frame this book was set in, I can't make any comments on historical accuracy, but I found it very interesting.<br/><br/>Some of the book was a bit predictable, but not all, and it was a satisfying read.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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