This book was fantastic. Though I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a book filled with tense moments and sweet scenes. Annah and Shem have the most beautiful love story I've ever seen - it was such a joy to read. The Heaven's Before will tug at your emotions and cause you to ponder the circumstances that Annah and Shem live in. It is definitely a book that you will want to reread over and over again after turning the last page.
I only have a few things to mention about the content, the first being that the sins of the nation are very evident. Nothing is ever described, aside from perhaps a beating, but we do know of the lust of the men in the camps and how they commit adultery. One of Annah's own family members has a child out of wedlock. As I said before, nothing is described, but the violence is very apparent in the first few chapters.
The only other thing I'd like to mention is that there are a few lovey scenes after Shem and Annah marry. I was happy that there was nothing before - it was very clear that even personal contact was frowned upon in Noakh's family before marriage. But, afterwards, some of the scenes by be a little too much for a young reader. There are several scenes of them kissing and one, the night they move into their own house, where it ends the scene with him laying her in their bed. This is suggestive, but I was very happy that Gramckow ended the scene there. It was a very good way of showing how much Shem loved his wife and she loved him without going into unnecessary detail.
All in all, the book was amazing and I can't say just how much I recommend it. This is definitely not a book you will regret picking up. Purchase it HERE.
I received this free book in return for an honest review from Moody Publishers. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.