As a member of Tracy Higley’s Caravan, I have eagerly been anticipating the release of this book for several months. One of my favorite genre’s to read is Biblical Fiction, I love a story around a period of Biblical history, a way to give life to the accounts of the Bible, a way things could have happened. In So Shines the Night, we are transported back to Ephesus. However our story begins in Rhodes and an introduction to Daria, our heroine whose story hints at a sad past. Once we are introduced to Lucas, the story begins and both characters head back to his home in Ephesus, Daria having agreed to tutor Lucas.
Already the plot thickens and gets interesting. Female tutors back in 57AD were not common and yet it is that very reason that makes me so interested in Higley’s story. I love unconventional stories where a commonly perceived ‘underdog’ can make a difference. Higley in all of her stories has a strong female lead and shows that women who are led by God can do many great things, that the stereotypes of society and culture do not hinder them.
Neither character knew God and both feared evil, yet it was to that very evil at first that both were drawn looking for vindication, healing, and love. The story continues on and at times gets a bit murky, but all the loose ends are tied at the books culmination. So Shines the Night is a story of searching for healing that only Jesus’ light can bring. It’s about forgiving and not pursuing vengeance, about learning that it’s God’s power and not your own that saves, and finally about understanding that only God can be someone’s redeemer, only God can make someone listen.
I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys the Biblical Fiction genre, you are sure to enjoy this story. I give this book 5/5 stars for a well-researched story that I found hard to put down.