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THE SALT COVENANTS
by Sylvia Bambola
Sylvia Bambola, born in Romania, lived her early years in Germany. At age seven she relocated with her adopted military family and saw the Statue of Liberty and America for the first time. The memory of living in Germany was the inspiration behind her novel, Refiner’s Fire, which won a Silver Angel Award, and was a Christy Finalist.
Bambola has written seven published novels, lives in sunny Florida and has two grown children. She’s been a guest speaker at Women’s Aglow and various church functions, is a Bible study teacher at her church, and is learning to play the guitar.
Welcome, Sylvia. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I’d love to have dinner with Eve. But goodness, where would I start? Maybe by asking her why in the world she ever listened to the serpent? But I’d also love to ask her what it was like walking in the garden every night and conversing with God? How sweet that must have been! And her relationship with Adam must have been sweet, too, that is before the fall. Before the sin nature got in the way and fouled up all human relationships. And what about her children? It must have been amazing to be the first woman in the world to give birth, to be the first to participate in such a creative act. Then there’s the heartbreak of having one son kill another. I can’t even imagine it. And the earth, unsullied, must have been breathtaking. What did the air smell like? What did the fruits of the permissible trees taste like? Oh, there are so many things I’d love to talk to her about that I’m sure our dinner could easily spill over into breakfast!
Please tell us a little about your novel, The Salt Covenants.
The Salt Covenants takes place in Spain, 1493. Isabel, a young Jewess, has broken her mother’s heart by becoming a sincere convert to Christianity. But when she is noticed by Friar Alonso at La Casa Santa, the Holy House, she is forced to flee the Inquisition by entering into a loveless marriage and sailing with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. But all too soon Isabel is forced to struggle alone in her new life. And with all the risks and hardships, her very survival comes into question. And what of love? Will she ever find it in this strange land? And what of the dangerous Enrique Vivar? Will his hidden agenda cost her her life?
The Salt Covenants garnered a starred review in Publishers Weekly that called it “transcendent” and “beautifully written.”
What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I’m hoping the story illustrates that God is in control and is greater than all our problems or difficulties. And that He will never leave us or forsake us.
Where can readers find you online?
Where can readers purchase The Salt Covenants?
Barnes and Noble
Book A Million
Sylvia, thanks for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win a copy of The Salt Covenants, which you have offered.
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden is Patty. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.
Throughout May I'm going on a blog tour to talk about my new novel, Wait for Me. I'll be giving away 25 Kindle eBook copies on the tour to commenters on blog posts. On the tour stops, I'll either be interviewed, share an article related to the story in Wait for Me, share a devotional, interview one of my characters in the novel, or share a personal experience or promise of God. On my website you can check the "Blog Tour Stops" tab and see where I'll be each day. Hope you'll join me on the blog tour.