Claiming Canaan: Milcah's Journey by Barbara M. Britton (Book Review)
"In order to claim her inheritance, Milcah must find a betrothed who doesn't die before her wedding day."
I've been reviewing each of the books in the Daughters of Zelophehad series by Barbara M. Britton since the first one, Lioness, was released last year. It's hard to pick a favorite of these feisty, headstrong daughters of Zelophehad... but I can definitely say that I have a favorite son-in-law of Zelophehad!
The first chapter of this book had me hooked, and that's rare for me, even if it is a part of a series where I've previously met/enjoyed getting to know the characters. It typically takes about 50-100 pages for me to get invested in a story, but this one had my attention from page one.
I really enjoyed diving deeper into Milcah's character in this story, due to the fact that in previous novels she has sort of just been there, quietly in the background. She was so sweet and didn't deserve so much of the pain that she went through, but she allowed those experiences to shape her and make her stronger in her faith in God. Despite her shy nature, she became bold when her circumstances demanded it, and that was some great growth to witness in a character.
As for Eli... We've seen bits and pieces of his character throughout the series, and I must say, Eli and Milcah was NOT a pairing I expected it. I shared in Milcah's fears that a union with Eli would not be an easy one.
It certainly wasn't easy, for a LOT of reasons, but I was pleasantly surprised by him as we got to know him in a different way - through Milcah's eyes.
Both of these characters had struggles, but it was so inspiring to watch them overcome their struggles together - their personal struggles and their shared struggles.
All in all, this was a delightful read that I would highly recommend! You can purchase Claiming Canaan: Milcah's Journey at this link, and don't forget to check out the rest of the series while you're at it, if you haven't already! These Daughters of Zelophehad are amazing role models of faith and strength, and their lives, while lived thousands of years ago, are still relevant today.
*I was provided a digital copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.