Biblical Fiction

Jerusalem’s Daughter by Jenna Van Mourik. A Review



Having grown up in the impoverished lower city of Jerusalem, Shamira is no stranger to injustice at the hands of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Her family is shunned by many in the Jewish community who believe that their misfortune in life is the result of a secret sin. Rumors are spreading of a nearby healer with incredible abilities; if the stories are true, then the Messiah may be near, and Shamira will stop at nothing in the pursuit of a miracle.

Asa spends every day at the temple under the tutelage of his strict father, an elite Levite priest who enforces the laws without mercy. Between the growing demands of the Roman government and the threats of the Zealots, tensions are high. When Shamira, the girl who stole his heart years ago, asks him to help her find|Instagram|YouTube|Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads|Goodreads the healer called Jesus, he must choose to either follow in his father’s footsteps or forge his own path.

Shamira knows that both her life and the lives of her loved ones could be changed forever, but only if she can find a way to speak to the man called Jesus of Nazareth before it’s too late.



This book was simply beautiful. From the first pages I was drawn to Shamira, her love for her family and her strong spirit. As the story progressed I saw how she grew and I was drawn to her faith so unwavering and true even when she doubted or got into trouble, it was constant through everything. She challenged me.
I loved how the story was set to follow the Easter period, it stayed true to the original with the author’s creativity put in and I enjoyed every minute of it because it pushed me to reflect on Jesus’s love for us, his ministry, his death and resurrection.
Asa on the other hand I can relate to I love how he evolved too through the story growing in a privileged home he had the opportunity to study the law and follow in his father’s footsteps. I saw his struggle to not just follow blindly but seek out God for himself and wanting to know God for himself.
This book was absolutely beautiful and definitely not my best reads this year.
Can’t wait for the authors next book

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are solely mine.


Jenna Van Mourik is an author of Biblical fiction whose debut novel, Jerusalem’s Daughter, will
be published in 2021. She graduated magna cum laude from California Baptist University with a
B.A. in English.
Jenna is passionate about books, storytelling, and using the art of fiction to portray the truth of
God’s love. She enjoys sharing Christian fiction recommendations on her YouTube channel, and
sharing all about her writing and personal life on Instagram and on her blog. She currently lives
in Northern California with her husband, Brandon, and her toy Australian shepherd, Piper. She
tries to live every day according to God’s purpose, with what she calls a “Now Go!” mindset, in
reference to her favorite passage of scripture, Exodus 4:11-12.

Connect with her at

Website |Instagram|YouTube|Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads

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