This book is an easy read, I got it finished in less than two hours while waiting for my son at his club meeting. It is one book, divided into two books. 25 chapters in all. 222 pages, followed by notes of the author's research as well as discussion guide.
I did NOT like this book. I have a hard time reading booked based in biblical fact that are then fictionalized. This particular story is based on Genesis 38, the story of Tamar and Judah. I have a hard time separating the "but you don't know if that was how these folks were, you don't know if they said that, you don't know if ....". And when I perceive that the truth is being stretched I end up wanting to have nothing to do with it. I had this too often with this book and it totally turned me off of it. But I read it through as I promised I would.
Overall the writing style is engaging, you do want to know what happens, you do get a good feel for the characters in the story, you do learn more about the practices of the day and how patriarchal the society was. There are GOOD things about this book. There really are. :)
I'm kinda glad that I persevered as I thoroughly enjoyed going through the author's research notes. I was also appreciative of the discussion guide, it's good to think more on books and I am happy the author gave that opportunity.
Is that enough to sway my overall opinion of this book? NO. I do not recommend you read this book. But if you do, remember this..... it is a work of fiction.