Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar
Book blurb from goodreads.com : “Can a Canaanite harlot who has made her livelihood by looking desirable to men make a fitting wife for one of the leaders of Israel? Shockingly, the Bible’s answer is yes. At the age of fifteen Rahab is forced into prostitution by her beloved father. In her years as a courtesan, she learns to mistrust men and hate herself. Into the emotional turmoil of her world walks Salmone, a respected leader of Judah. Through the tribulations of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another’s worth in God and find healing from fear and rejection.”
Read my review: I liked this book! Incidentally, I also interviewed the author. Read my review here: http://austenitis.blogspot.com/2011/05/pearl-in-sand.html And read the author interview here: http://austenitis.blogspot.com/2011/08/interview-and-giveaway-with-tessa.html
Why I like this cover: It’s a very interesting cover. Naturally, the woman is what catches your eye first. Those brown eyes… I’m not sure what her expression. Determination, maybe? What do you think? Those creases across her forehead are a bit weird, but they definitely make for an interesting part of the cover. Her cheeks are just a little flushed. And then that whole blue veil that she’s wearing! I’m so glad they chose the color blue for that. It’s perfect. Then there’s the man. Obviously, he’s looking back over his shoulder. He’s intriguing, and I don’t quite know what to say! One thing that I just noticed (despite reading the book and looking at the cover dozens of times) is the sunrise/set behind him. And then the red rope…if you’ve read about Rahab before, you get all the symbolism that comes with that. The perfect touch. Altogether a wonderful cover!