Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Prophetess” by Evonne Marzouk, Bancroft Press, Oct. 16, 2019, With Suzy Approved Book Tours
Evonne Marzouk, author of “The Prophetess” has written a unique and intriguing novel. Quoting from the Bibliography, “The Prophetess is a fictional account of what it might be like if Jewish prophets existed today.” The Genres for this book are Fiction. Young Adult and Jewish Mysticism. This is a coming of age book and certainly is for adults as well as young adults. The story takes place in the United States and Israel. The timeline for this story is the present and goes to the past, with glimpses of the future when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes the characters as complex and complicated.
Rachel is a 17-year-old teenager when her Orthodox Grandfather dies. Rachel is a typical teenager, with a crush on a neighbor, and lots of friends. Her immediate family is not as observant as her grandfather was, but on certain Jewish Holidays, they do go to an Orthodox temple. Rachel has been getting what she thinks is migraines, accompanied by light. At the temple, she finds herself fascinated by a man who is praying. Before long, Rachel is going back to the temple for religious lessons from this man. She realizes that she is getting visions, and is informed that she is a Prophetess.
There is a secret community of Prophets and it appears that Rachel has been called. Rachel is able to see certain visions of where her sister will need her, and a young man also is thanking her for saving his life. As Rachel is being taught more about the religious process, she gets stronger visions. It is almost like Rachel is like an empath, and there are times she is in great emotional and physical pain. There is a reason for this, and Rachel also is facing making decisions, and choices. I would recommend this thought-provoking novel for those readers with an open mind.