Monday, May 6, 2019

The Heart of a King: The Loves of Solomon by Jill Eileen Smith

Title: The Heart of a King: The Loves of Solomon
Author: Jill Eileen Smith
Pages: 417
Release Date: April 30, 2019 
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and through NetGalley. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the book:

     Get swept away by a story of love, loss, and longing.

     King Solomon could—and did—have anything he wanted, including many women from many lands. But for all of his wealth and wisdom, did he or the women he loved ever find what they were searching for?

     In this engrossing novel, find yourself whisked away to ancient Israel, where you’ll meet four remarkable women: Naamah the desert princess, Abishag the shepherdess, Siti the daughter of a pharaoh, and Nicaula the queen of Sheba. As you experience the world of Solomon through his eyes and theirs, you’ll grapple with whether this king’s storied wisdom ultimately benefited him and those he loved . . . or betrayed them.

My review:

     This is an incredibly well developed Biblical novel!

     Of the five main characters in this book the only one that we know very much about from the bible is Solomon. We have bits and pieces about the four women in this story. I found the way that the author presented them to be very plausible and the story held my attention.

     I had never given much thought as to how it might have come about for Solomon to have married so many women. This book has definitely given me much to think about as to this king with amazing God-given wisdom. He was called to be a King of Peace. Yet as a mere man I’m sure he would have struggled with trying to fulfill that.

     I thoroughly enjoyed the look at what it would have been like for Solomon’s first wife. Human nature would have her wanting to keep him to herself. Yet that was not how her life and marriage played out. It had to have been extremely hard for her each time he married another woman and she knew she would have even less time with him.

     I am giving this wonderful book a rating of 5-stars. I am definitely recommending it.

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