Sarah (Women of Genesis #1)
Abram kept his promise, and Sarai kept hers they were wed, and so joined the royal house of Ur with the high priesthood of the Hebrews. So began a lifetime of great joy together, and greater peril: and with the blessing of their God, a great nation would be built around the core of their love.
Bestselling author Orson Scott Card uses his fertile imagination, and uncanny insight into human nature, to tell the story of a unique woman--one who is beautiful, tough, smart, and resourceful in an era when women had little power, and are scarce in the historical record. Sarah, child of the desert, wife of Abraham, takes on vivid reality as a woman desirable to kings, a devoted wife, and a faithful follower of the God of Abraham, chosen to experience an incomparable miracle.
Sarai is ten when she first meets Abram, who promises that, before her age is doubled, he will return and make her his wife, though she is promised to the goddess Asherah. Sarai convinces her father, an exiled king, to release her from the service of a goddess in whom she no longer believes, and waits faithfully for Abram. When he comes, he takes her away into the desert.
I'll admit that this book first caught my eye because I found it amusing that Orson Scott Card was writing biblical fiction. It looked good, though, so I checked it out of the library, brought it home, and read it. It was a remarkable book, with very vivid characters.
The best thing about this book, though, is that unlike others of its sort it never gets too preachy.