Charming as this is, it seems an anomaly for any book on travel in Israel and Jordan today to be as remote and untouched by the tensions and political climate of opinion as this. The author, a Catholic and a classical scholar, has written a simple record of unostentatious travel, keeping her own religious beliefs to herself, but allowing her classical background to evoke the past against a setting in the present. From Acre to the hidden rock-city of Petra she goes, to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, to the Dead Sea and Sodom and to the the collective farms of modern Israel. She travels alone by whatever means present themselves, making friends, meeting and describing all kinds of people. Although a book of travel, written with perceptive understanding, conscious sensitivity, occasional flashes of humor, this is neither a guidebook nor an analysis of the country and the people. Indeed, on this score it is singularly superficial. The appeal is probably to the literate readers of the Bible and of history of the past and to stay-at-home travelers than to those who have visited or purpose to visit the Holy Land.