A Star for Hannah

Susan Elzey susanelzey@yahoo.com 1268941160507

FAMILY RELIGIOUS DRAMA HISTORICAL FICTION

17th Century or Earlier

Susan Dean Elzey

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The night a bright star welcomes a baby in Bethlehem, Hannah is also born, beautiful, yet crippled. Her mother lovingly cares for her until one day, she hears a baby born the same night as her Hannah is now grown and able to heal broken bodies. Her faith sends her on a journey to take Hannah to him.

Genre

Family,Religious,Drama,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

Hannah's mother, Sariah, gives a final scream and delivers her. But she lies lifeless and blue in her mother's arms until the Star of Bethlehem shines in through the window on her and she breathes. Her mother wraps her in a soft blanket and names her "Hannah" for she "lives by the grace of God."


Sariah leads a donkey and wagon, Hannah in the back, through a journey of hardships in the desert to find a man called "Jesus" to heal Hannah. Left for dead by robbers, she lies by the side of Hannah until Jesus and his friends find them and heal Hannah. A brief epilogue shows Hannah's future life.

Setting

The lands surrounding ancient Bethlehem.

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Other

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Sariah

Age: 18-ish to 50

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Modest,Obedient,Religious,Selfless,Visionary,Strong Moral Code,Heroic,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Hannah

Age: Birth through 33

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Empathetic,Engaging,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Joshua

Age: 20-35

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Heartthrob,Heroic,Honorable,Masculine,Obedient,Religious,Selfless,Romantic,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

"A Star for Hannah" is a beautiful story of a mother's love, faith, and sacrifice for her broken daughter. It would make a wonderful Christmas movie since it begins the night that Jesus is born. Beyond that, however, it is the story of love between a faithful man and woman and their care of their helpless daughter. The movie would be heart-warming and inspirational, but it is far from boring. In a plot twist Hannah's father dies and leaves her mother to care for Hannah alone. Then when Sariah finally is in reach of the miracle she has sought for years, cruel robbers leave her and Hannah for dead in a hot desert until, stripped of everything but her faith, Sariah finds that it is enough and in a tear-jerking climax, Hannah is healed in a moment before her eyes. In an epilogue we learn the future of Hannah and how she lovingly cares for her aging mother. The story answers the question, "How did the families of the people in the scriptures who Jesus healed come to the point they would do anything, even risk death, to take their loved one to Him in the hopes of healing?"

About The Author

Bio of Susan Dean Elzey I grew up as an Army brat, living all over the world, but found my home in Danville, Virginia, after my father retired when I was 15. Soon after, I fell in love with poetry and writing. I married way too young and realized I also had a love for babies and raising children. I raised my seven children as a full-time mom for many years. My oldest daughter, Dawn, is severely disabled with cerebral palsy, which informs every moment of my life. Returning to school after 17 years at home, I finished a degree in English and journalism and then later a master’s degree in literature. In a blended family, my husband, David, and I have nine children and right now 31 grandchildren. I spent many years as a newspaper reporter and now work as a mostly retired freelance writer and travel to visit my children and grandchildren, which brings me joy. I am the author of four novels, the last of which is Miracle of the Christmas Star, published in 2011 by Cedar Fort Inc. My other novels include You’re a Rock, Sister Lewis, published by Orson Scott Card’s Hatrack River Publications (1989); True Rings the Heart by Deseret Book (1990); and A Chance for Sarah with Cedar Fort (2005). I have been a weekly humor columnist for the Danville (Va.) Register & Bee with a Monday column entitled “7XMOM” for many years. My newspaper writing may be accessed at www.godanriver.com.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing and Media published it in 2011 under the name "Miracle of the Christmas Star," but in 2018 I bought back the publication rights.

Year Published: 2011

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1-59955-862-2