A willful daughter of Adam and Eve. Abduction from the Mountain of Eden. Is there a way back to paradise?
Akliah is used to the story of her parents’ banishment from the Garden of Eden for eating forbidden fruit. And she and her siblings believe in the old prophecy, that their brother Cain will soon crush the serpentine head of God’s enemy so that the family can return.
Fiercely in love with Cain and determined to be his wife despite Cain’s love for another, Akliah’s schemes are shattered when Cain murders his brother Abel and abducts her far from home. With a child to care for and Cain increasingly delusional through his devotion to a beautiful fallen angel, Akliah must learn to survive in a city dedicated to evil. When she meets a worthy man who offers love and redemption, she will have to make an honest confession of her past or lose him. Will Akliah find strength to restore her integrity, or discover that to risk dying for it is just as noble?
This historical fantasy about Cain’s mysterious wife is for anyone who likes dramatic biblical re-imaginings or ancient legends with a supernatural twist.
“Sensitively written with beautiful but not overdone prose, complex characters, and a really satisfying take on a “familiar” story. If you’re a fan of biblical, Paleolithic, or ancient fiction, this is one you shouldn’t miss.” – Libbie Hawker, #1 Best-selling author of The Ragged Edge of Night.
Journey to God: How I Made a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Orthodoxy (Without Traveling Very Far) and Found Peace, Love, and Stillness
“Jean Hoefling is honest about the effort true Christian pilgrimage requires, and candid about its disappointments and elations. Each chapter encompasses the reader with the universal appeal of the pilgrimage experience, without false piety or glib analysis.” -Fr. Martin, All-Merciful Savior Orthodox Monastery
“Ms. Hoefling does a wonderful job of introducing me to this faith without scaring me out of my wits.” -Mike Shoemake, career consultant
“Journey to God helps to guide us toward that fulfilling destiny that is, truth be told, a deep breath and a heartbeat away.” Fr. Joseph Honeycutt, author of One Flew Over the Onion Dome.