Every once in a while on my reading journey, an author is able to grab my attention with their superb writing skills and completely immerse me in that time and place. That was how The Salt Covenants by Sylvia Bambola was for me. This was the first novel I have read by Ms. Bambola and her attention to historical detail was incredible. This was a story about a young Jewish woman who is a true converso to the Christian faith and her life and journey to the New World, sailing with none other than Christopher Columbus on his second voyage. After a devastating loss and the Spanish Inquisition looming, her family fears for her life and so as an obedient daughter she must leave her home country for a strange land with a husband she does not love, nor does he love her. Her trials and tribulations are softened with the friendship and comradery she finds in the only two other women on this voyage to a new settlement.
This is a violent and gritty book especially dealing with the inhumane treatment of not just the Jewish people and the Inquisition, but also the Spainards treatment of the Taino Native Amercan tribe. Through all of this however, Isabel finds comfort in the love of the one true God and His Son. Not at all preachy, this story shows faith being lived out in an oftentimes cold, indifferent, and cruel world. This story is packed with truths, faithfulness, and true love for God, friends, family, and husband. I received a copy for an honest review from the author through The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.