First line of Daughter of Cana

Great First Line: Daughter of Cana

Today we’re looking at the first line of Daughter of Cana by Angela  Hunt.

First line of Daughter of Cana
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The First Line of Daughter of Cana

“That,” my father said, nudging me as the smiling groom led his veiled bride through the courtyard gate, “should have been you.”

What could the girl’s father possibly have meant by that statement? Did he mean that she should have been the one getting married? Or that the man should have been her groom?

The first line of Daughter of Cana seems to hint at the relationship between the girl and her father. He thinks she should be married but for whatever reason, she wasn’t.

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Since this is biblical fiction, there are some things to take into consideration, such as, maybe she was considered too old to get married by her peers or the culture of the time. But other questions come to mind.

  • How did Tasmin feel about her father’s comment?
  • Were her feelings hurt?
  • Does this symbolize his usual treatment of her?
  • Had she somehow gotten used to his treatment?
  • Had she been somehow ostracized by her peers because she’s not married?
  • Why isn’t she married?
  • Is there something wrong with her?
  • Is she undesirable in some way?
  • Was she supposed to be married?
  • Did she have a bad experience?
  • Is it that she had never had an offer of marriage that she remains single?
  • Does she want to get married?
  • Why didn’t her father arrange a marriage for her?


How the First Line of Daughter of Cana Played Out in the Story

We quickly learn that Tamsin is not typical of her generation. She is much older than the average bride and, for reasons all her own, is determined not to get married.

The sentiment expressed by her father in the first line of Daugther of Cana is his desire to see her taken care of because he knows he won’t live forever.

Tamsin begins the story determined not to marry but she changes over the course of the book and eventually desires a husband. The reader has the memory of the first line and how she reacted to it as a testament to her growth throughout the story.

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About Daughter of Cana

Daughter of CanaHow Will Walking in Yeshua’s Footsteps
Forever Change Her Life?

Thomas and Tasmin, twin siblings hired to oversee a wedding feast in Cana, worry when the host runs out of wine . . . until a guest tells Tasmin to have the servants fill the pitchers by the gate with water from the cistern. Reluctantly, she obeys–and is amazed when rainwater turns into the finest wine ever tasted in Cana.

When Thomas impulsively decides to follow the teacher from Nazareth, the twins argue bitterly. Tasmin refuses to be abandoned or to let her brother be taken in by a magician-prophet. When he departs anyway, she decides to follow the Nazarene’s group, aided by Jude, younger brother to Yeshua of Nazareth, and do whatever she must to mend the fractured relationship, reveal the truth, and bring her brother home.


About Angela Hunt

Angela HuntThe author of more than 100 published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty.

Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her Ph.D. in biblical studies in theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs.

She can be found online at

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