Yes, this is a Biblical story, and it is well worth reading. I call myself a Christian, and found this book very enlightening. The Bible story could have acted out the way of Mahrah in this story - it probably did. Gives a deeper insight into a portion of the Bible - of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well - and expands it so believably. The times and trials of women in those days!!! What they wouldn't have given for simple things like a decent stove, refrigerator, washing machine, etc -, telephone or even a lock on a door. Very well written - takes you back into that time so well. I love stories that expand the Bible in a believable way without taking away anything from the Bible itself. Read it, it is well worth it.
Wow, I have never read any books by Diana Wallis Taylor and now I am going to buy anything else she has written. This book was amazing. The whole book kept you on the edge of your seat, something happening continually and I literally couldn't put it down. The faith and strength of Marah in face of all she dealt with, her struggles, her survival. And at the end meeting Jesus at the well. You will love this book, it takes you in to the time of Jesus with a wonderful story about the Woman at the Well. Read it, you won't be disappointed.
Even though you know the story is conjecture because we simply don't know exactly what happened, this story reads very plausibly and really makes a biblical character come to life . It also means that anytime in future I hear somebody preaching on how the woman at the well was clearly immoral, otherwise she would never have had five husbands and be living with someone else, I will be challenging them on their interpretation. Of course the text doesn't even say anything derogatory about her - it's only what we read into it, and there's no guarantee the man she was living with wasn't her grandfather or father-in-law or something. But I really like the way the author has treated the characters in this book. They remind you that they were once all living, breathing people , with hopes and aspirations just like us. Far more than just a few lines in the the gospel.