In Two from Galilee, novelist Marjorie Holmes pieces together a plausible but saccharine story to cover what is known from the gospel records about Mary and Joseph, the parents of the Christ Child.
Holmes fills in the pages thanks to a good imagination supported by research into Jewish customs of the time.
Mary is the prettiest, most sought-after girl in town. Her parents are poor, but they expect Mary to marry above her station. Joseph wouldn’t be their choice: His family isn’t prosperous enough for their Mary.
Joseph is a handsome, hardworking young man, some half dozen years her senior. In love with Mary since they were children, he’s been waiting for her to grow up.
Joseph’s father, a wood worker, is slipshod about completing work on time if the job doesn’t interest him; as a result, his family is even poorer than Mary’s.
Mary can twist her father around her little finger—and does—to get her parents to accept Joseph as her bridegroom.
When she’s later found to be pregnant, she goes off to spend time with her relative Elizabeth, who has conceived her first born late in life.
Reading Two From Galilee won’t do anyone any harm, but it’s not likely to do anyone much good either.
Two from Galilee: A Love Story
by Marjorie Holmes Revell  223 p.
1972 bestseller #8. My grade: B-
© 2018 Linda Gorton Aragoni