I am excited to tell you about the recent 5-star reviews “THE INNKEEPER”S WIFE” received. The reviews were great (and very humbling I have to admit). Here’s a few:
Reviewed By Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite
The Innkeeper’s Wife: A Friendship Like No Other by author Joan T. Broussard is a book that most readers will find lovely and very enjoyable, retelling the story of Jesus’ birth from the viewpoint of the fictional Gertrude, the wife of the innkeeper. Gertrude’s life had been very busy, especially with all the people coming to Bethlehem to participate in the mandatory census decreed by King Herod. But she still prays for one thing that’s been missing from her life, a true friend. When her husband, the innkeeper, turns a young couple away from the inn one night when they are full, only allowing them to stay in the inn’s stable, Gertrude is horrified, especially after she realizes that the young woman is pregnant. And when a baby boy is born in the manger that night, Gertrude can’t imagine the journey this very child will take her on, one of conversion, love and sacrifice, and a new understanding of God.
I very much enjoyed The Innkeeper’s Wife. This story was beautifully written, and from a perspective that many would never have considered – that of a commoner looking in at the birth of Christ. Author Joan T. Broussard has presented this well known and loved episode of Jesus’ life in a creative and unique way that will warm their hearts and bring tears to their eyes at times. It is easy for me to give this book my highest recommendation, especially for those who enjoy Christian fiction. I will keep my eyes peeled for another such work by author Joan T. Broussard. If it’s anything like The Innkeeper’s Wife, it will absolutely be worth a read!
Reviewed By Tracy Slowiak for Readers’ Favorite
In a wonderful story by debut author Joan T. Broussard, The Innkeeper’s Wife retells a very familiar story with a unique twist. The story follows protagonist Gertrude, the wife of an innkeeper. Business is booming as many people are coming to Bethlehem to be included in the census required by King Herod. But even with the busyness of her life, Gertrude takes the time to pray and asks God to send her something she is missing, a friend. Late one night, when her husband sends a young couple to stay in the family’s stable, as all the rooms in the inn are occupied, Gertrude realizes that the young woman is pregnant, and the rest, as they say, is history. But, oh what a history! And what an interesting retelling of the story from this woman who eventually comes to understand God in an entirely new way.
I loved The Innkeeper’s Wife. Loved. It. How’s that for a review? Well, it’s definitely how I felt about author Joan T. Broussard’s book. The author has done an absolutely amazing job in creating characters that her readers will relate to, connect with, and come to truly care about, thinking of them long after the story is done. If that isn’t a hallmark of a great author, I’m not sure what is. Her retelling of the nativity story, from the viewpoint of Gertrude, was a lovely way to consider this beloved moment in biblical history. Any reader who loves Christian fiction, or who is looking for an interesting read of fiction in general, should absolutely read The Innkeeper’s Wife. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from Joan T. Broussard as soon as she has released another book! I also loved the cover.
Reviewed By Sarah Stuart for Readers’ Favorite
In Joan T. Broussard’s book, The Innkeeper’s Wife: A Friendship Like No Other, the author puts forward a captivatingly different idea for understanding the Bible, in particular the New Testament, and by doing so, moving closer to God. Ms Broussard does it in a fictional way, using a character named Gertrude who expresses herself in the first person. Through Gertrude, she tells the story of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, from the virgin birth, through the visits of the shepherds and the Magi, and the flight to Egypt, to His return to the land of His birth and His ultimate sacrifice and beyond. Each chapter is prefaced by Bible quotes and there are questions suggested for group discussion at the end, in addition to Ms Broussard’s personal journal explaining what led to the conception of “Gertrude.”
Joan T. Broussard’s fictional Gertrude takes on the persona of the Bethlehem innkeeper’s wife, giving the reader a fascinating glimpse into her relationship with her husband, Eli, and the tempestuous times in which they lived, ruled by King Herod. Childless herself, the innkeeper’s wife fights jealousy before she comes to accept that she has been privileged to deliver Jesus Christ, the saviour of the world. Joan T. Broussard’s presentation of the Jewish faith and customs are so accurate that they made me imagine how I might have felt in Gertrude’s shoes. The Innkeeper’s Wife is a unique way of encouraging Bible study; it is thought-provoking, and a delight to read.