Book Review of In the Beginning by Abby L. Vandiver

In the Beginning
By: Abby L. Vandiver
Genre: Christian Fiction
335 pages
Publisher: Media Web Publishing
Publication Date: June 2013
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In 1997, Biblical Archaeologist Justin Dickerson is unhappy with her life in general and has decided to run away from her problems. Intervening, her mentor asks that she go with him to the Fifty Year Jubilee commemorating the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem. There she finds that in 1949 Jerusalem some of the 2,000 year old manuscripts, hidden in clay pots in the caves of Qumran, may have been destroyed.

Justin, obsessed with this revelation, is determined to get to the bottom of the deceit. Uncontrollable emotion takes hold of her, and family and faith help guide her as she unfolds the truth of Earth's ancient mysteries discovering what really happened In the Beginning . . .

My Thoughts:

* I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

While I like books with flawed protagonists I found that Justin could have done with some good psych meds and cognitive behavioral therapy. When the book stuck to the plot the premise was engrossing and her interactions with her family were believable but I could have done without some of the family scenes and Justin's issues. Otherwise, a fascinating mystery.


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