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Vanessa Morton - Author of Moonfall - Tales from the Levant

 

 

Moonfall: Tales from the Levant 

 

#2 Ranked on Amazon: Teen & Young Adult / Action & Adventure

Rachav. Today we call her Rahab. Legend shrouds her in controversy. Some say harlot, others say innkeeper. Did Yericho fall in spite of her or because of her? What really happened inside the walls?

Weaving historical fact with intriguing answers to what might have been, Moonfall strips away millennia of propaganda and rumors to reveal the heart of a remarkable young woman struggling with the same themes as her modern counterparts— spiritual longing, social injustice, family loyalty, forbidden love, and whether to trust in an unseen God.  


 

What critics are saying about Moonfall

 

     "Recommended for adult and young adult readers alike. There's a journey, there's danger, there's sibling interactions from rivalry to love, and there're political and spiritual threads throughout to keep readers riveted on characters and confrontations ... Morton focuses on a 'you are there' approach to describing the twins' journeys and experiences... a much wider story than that of simple teen rebellion."

~ D. Donovan, e-book reviewer for Midwest Book Review


     "Moonfall by Vanessa Morton is written as an embroidered historical Biblical fiction, yet it reads as a fantasy and delves into the lives of previously unexplored individuals. A thoroughly enjoyable story that proves itself to be both authentic and engrossing – action packed as it was, by the end I was left wanting more.

    "It gives a much more personal take on well-known stories by focusing on the lives of two main characters (Rachav and Salma), and it is quite easy to forget that they were in the middle of a famous Biblical story – even from my non-religious perspective... and it was wonderful to have moody characters that felt real and didn’t ask to be fallen in love with!"

   ~  Jennifer Sadler-Venis via Keele University Concourse Online  

 


   "The blood oath scene will make your heart melt. It’s full of love, respect, and promises left unspoken and a raw loyalty and seriousness that leave you hunkering for more of Salma and Rachav."

  ~ Young Adult Book Madness


 

   "Vanessa Morton has infused Biblical history with fiction to produce a novel that brings to life the history surrounding Israel's entrance into the land of promise. Peering inside both the camp of Israel and Jericho, the clash of societies meet, and God's promise is fulfilled. The author's imagination intertwines with fact and tells a story that is not soon forgotten." 

   ~  Fay Lamb, author of Stalking Willow, Better than Revenge, and Charisse

 


   "Through the lovely young Rachav's eyes, Vanessa Morton gives a stunning, accurately detailed portrayal of the life and times surrounding a real Biblical event in 1406 B.C.

   The fictional Rachav comes to life and represents women of courage and selflessness--from anywhere and any point in history ... With beautiful language and poignant storytelling, Morton inspires today's young women to be strong in faith and love. Congratulations to this debut author on a satisfying and memorable read! "

 ~  Cynthia T. Toney, author of Bird Face

 


   "The two things I loved most about this book were how she portrayed the relationship of Rachav and her twin Zaron … and feminine empowerment."

   ~  Kristen Chandler @mom2hjk

 


   "[Moonfall] takes a well-known story and delivers it in a well-woven way with a healthy dose of supernatural mysticism."

 - Tiffany H, TiffyFits Reading Corner

 


   "It was a wonderful read … that teen YA as well as those in the adult sections will love.  With magic, power, and the power to choose your fate our main character Rachav finds that every action has a consequence. "

  ~ Jessica Porter, Crossroad Reviews

 


 

   "I loved the hints of romance I got between Rachav and Salma. [Moonfall] took a recognisable Biblical story of old, and mixed in elements of Fantasy."

   ~ Katrina Southern, ChasedByMyImagination.blogspot.co.uk

 

 "A uniquely intriguing tale which brings to vivid vibrancy life in the ancient Middle East, MOONFALL, the debut novel of.Vanessa Morton, is deeply researched and historically accurate. Yet it's not dry and dusty, it's realistic, vibrant, and compelling. I raced through it, feeling as if I were an on-site observer, not just a reader. Even readers not usually drawn to historical fiction ought to love MOONFALL. I anticipate more from this author.

 ~ Mallory Anne Marie, Mallory Hearts Group Reviews

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