Sunday, March 16, 2014
In the Shadow of Jezebel - A Review
Author - Mesu Andrews
Title - In the Shadow of Jezebel
Format - ebook, paper
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Princess Jehosheba is the daughter of a king, trained to be a priestess of Baal, and forced to marry Yahweh's high priest. As she learns the traditions of her new husband's God, a yearning awakens in her heart. Despite palace intrigue, Jehosheba finds herself not only caught in the middle, but also treading carefully. When her brother, the new king, dies, she secrets out his infant son so that the royal house of David will remain. Will she ever truly find love?
Wow. That's all I can really say about this book. I've never read anything by this author before, though I have several of her titles on my Kindle. Biblical fiction is not a favorite genre of mine either. Yet this book captured my attention from the first page.
I loved how Jehosheba came to love both her husband and his God. I loved how she was strong enough to escape her stepmother's Baal influence. True, the queen kept referring to Jehosheba as a queen of destiny, and I don't think that she meant it the way that God used Jehosheba. One of my favorite lines was repeated frequently "be wise without lies." She had to walk a fine line of giving the truth without lying in order to play the palace intrigue game.
I'll admit that the names were very confusing. They were all similar. I love how the events of the story are molded around Jehosheba's story told in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles.
As a person who doesn't normally read Biblical fiction, I highly recommend reading this.
I received this book for free from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing house, for the purpose of reviewing.
Recommended to fans of Biblical fiction
Rating - 5 stars