This is the first book in this series, The Silent Years, that I have read. The idea is intriguing to me, and I will admit to enjoying the liberties that the author has taken during the 400 years of silence between the Old and New Testaments. Angela Hunt did her research in tying the events in the book to the actual battles listed in history, but I thought the battles were a bit too gory. There were a lot of descriptive terms that made the reader feel as if thy were watching it on a screen. If this is what you like to read, action and gore, then I would recommend this book. I have a slightly different preference when it comes to violence and it bothered me.
I enjoyed the family dynamics between Judah, his wife and his extended family. The ability to thrive in unnerving situations and the perseverance to continue serving Yahweh in the face of adversity was motivating. I also really enjoyed their complete honor and true worship of the LORD. They took their relationship with him seriously and that was inspiring. I found myself praying similar prayers as I was reading the book.
Overall, this is a good read. I would caution giving it to younger readers due to the violence. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.