In this wonderful novel about love and trust, hope and belief, Elizabeth Berg, ... , transports us to Nazareth in biblical times to reimagine the events of the classic Christmas story.
We see Mary --- young, strong, and inquisitive --- as she first meets Joseph, a serious-minded young carpenter who is steadfastly devoted to the religious traditions of their people. The two become betrothed but are soon faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Aided by a great and abiding love, they endure challenges to their relationship as well as threats to their lives as they come to terms with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the birth of their child, Jesus. For Mary, the pregnancy is a divine miracle and a privilege. For Joseph, it is an ongoing test not only of his courage but of his faith --- in his wife as well as in his God.
...The Handmaid and the Carpenter explores lives touched profoundly by miracles large and small. (back cover of audio book)
I found this audio book on the library shelf, its title catching my interest and its author one of whom I liked in the past. The story is a classic that we all know, but this time it is told from the perspective of Mary and Joseph and their love for one another. Berg's details make it more vivid and her fictional license makes it different from other stories. I enjoyed The Handmaid and the Carpenter, but I don't find it to be the best retelling that I've read. I definitely recommend it to others, especially to those who enjoy reading different versions of the Christmas story.