The Innkeeper's Daughter

by Jill Briscoe
42 pages, Picture Book
Reviewed by Lil Princess the Valiant

A good story to read by one's self or as a familly.


Full Title - The Innkeeper's Daughter: A Delightful Discovery of a Wonderful Adventure.

Keturah is a shy, handicapped child who feels unwanted, but when the Christ-child enters her life, she finds worth and purpose.


Being a very evil king, Herod, (as told in biblical narrative) lies and tries to trick the Magi.

Keturah's mother is very impatient with her daughter and the reader may get the idea that Keturah has always been "in the way," and somewhat useless. Meanwhile, Joseph and Mary are shown as a kind couple and very loving parents parents. In the end, Keturah repays the kindness shown to her by giving Mary and Joseph a special gift. One should assume good is good, and bad is bad.

Spiritual Content

Contains the story of Christ's birth, and the flight to Egypt.


It being the story of Christ's birth and shortly after, there is mention of Herod wanting to kill Jesus.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content



I really loved this story, especially how it simply and beautifully wove the nativity story in without weighing down the narrative or making it boring. I especially loved how "In-the-Way" Keturah discovered her worth in God's eyes. This story emphasizes how even the smallest, most unwanted child has worth in God's eyes.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 5-7

Review Rating:

Average rating: 4 stars
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