Monday, May 5, 2014

HF Virtual Book Tours Review and Giveaway: Sinners and the Sea by Rebecca Kanner

Title: Sinners and the Sea
Author: Rebecca Kanner
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Howard Books
Publish Date: April 2, 2013
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours

What's the Story?:

From "Cursed with a birthmark that many think is the brand of a demon, the young heroine in The Sinners and the Sea is deprived even of a name for fear that it would make it easier for people to spread lies about her. But this virtuous woman has the perfect voice to make one of the Old Testament’s stories live anew.

Desperate to keep her safe, the woman’s father gives her to the righteous Noah, who weds her and takes her to the town of Sorum, a land of outcasts. Noah, a 600-year-old paragon of virtue, rises to the role of preacher to a town full of sinners. Alone in her new life, Noah’s wife gives him three sons, but is faced with the hardship of living with an aloof husband who speaks more to God than with her. She tries to make friends with the violent and dissolute people of Sorum while raising a brood that, despite a pious upbringing, have developed some sinful tendencies of their own. But her trials are nothing compared to what awaits her after God tells her husband that a flood is coming—and that Noah and his family must build an ark so that they alone can repopulate the world."

My Two Cents:

"Sinners and the Sea" is a historical fiction book about the wife of Noah as in the Noah from the story of the great flood in the Bible. I was interested in reading this book because I thought that it would be really interesting to read something from the perspective of someone like Noah's wife who witnessed so much. I was most definitely not disappointed in this book! It will appeal to those who like their historical fiction off the beaten path with really memorable characters.

The book is told from the perspective of Noah's unnamed wife, which I absolutely loved. She had a very interesting life both before and after she is married to Noah and by hearing the story from her point of view, you really get pulled into the story. If you'll recall from your biblical knowledge, the world was a pretty ugly place filled with horrible things before the flood. Kanner shows us through Noah's wife just how bad things were.

The writing of this book was really good. I have to imagine that this was a really difficult subject to write about. I feel that anytime an author tries to tackle any biblical story, they might have a difficult time of it but the way Kanner treats her subjects and the way that she adds detail in this book really was a great treatment of this story! Overall, I really enjoyed this book and know that Noah's wife is one character that I will be thinking about for a long time to come!


There are two giveaways tied to this book. The first is a giveaway, which will be held on my blog only. The first is a giveaway that will be held on my blog only and it is for one paperback copy (U.S. only). The second is a giveaway that is being held on HFVBT

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Follow the Rest of the Tour:

Monday, April 14
Review & Giveaway at West Metro Mommy
Tuesday, April 15
Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Thursday, April 17
Review at A Bookish Girl
Friday, April 18
Review at Reading the Ages
Monday, April 21
Review at Booktalk & More
Review at Judith Starkston
Friday, April 25
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Spotlight & Giveaway at Caroline Wilson Writes
Monday, April 28
Review at JulzReads
Tuesday, April 29
Review at The Most Happy Reader
Wednesday, April 30
Review & Giveaway at Book Lovers Paradise
Monday, May 5
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, May 6
Review at Book Nerd
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective
Wednesday, May 7
Review at Ink Sugar Blog
Friday, May 9
Review at Our Wolves Den
Monday, May 12
Review at The Calico Critic
Review at Gobs and Gobs of Books
Tuesday, May 13
Review at From L.A. to LA
Wednesday, May 14
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, May 15
Spotlight at The Tower of Babel
Friday, May 16
Review at Layered Pages
Monday, May 19
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Wednesday, May 21
Review at My Reader’s Block
Friday, May 23
Review at Seaside Book Corner
Tuesday, May 27
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Thursday, May 29
Review at bookworm2bookworm’s Blog

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  1. What an interesting idea, the story being from Noah's wife's perspective.

  2. Interesting post. I agree it would be hard for an author to write a fictional biblical story. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Fascinating and intriguing. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. With the recent release of the movie Noah I can see this book receiving some renewed interest. I hope that's true, it sounds like a very unusual and interesting treatment of a familiar story. Thanks.

  5. Great post - it definitely piqued my interest to read this book. Should be a great new perspective from the viewpoint of Noah's wife.

  6. I've seen this one around. I love the cover and the story is definitely one I want to read!


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