For the Samaritan women of Sychar, the well is a place of blessing---except for Mara, whose family has been shunned for the many sins of her mother, Nava. But will their encounter with two men---a mysterious young man from Caesarea named Shem and a Jewish teacher called Jesus---change their lives forever?
Mara is a desperate Samaritan girl struggling to keep her family alive in the face of starvation and the threat of exile from their strict village. When a mysterious Jewish teacher transforms her mother at Jacob’s well, Mara hopes for a better life—until her mother’s past sins lead to a brutal stoning.
Only Mara can save her dying mother, but she’ll have the help of an unlikely friend: Shem, a hot-tempered young man on the run from the Romans. Shem risks capture to help Mara search for the man that Samaritans call the Taheb, the Restorer. Together, they travel dangerous roads into the hostile territory of Galilee. Their journey to the Taheb brings them burgeoning faith, unexpected love, and unimaginable heartbreak.
Author: Stephanie Landsem