Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Book Review - The Heart of a King


King Solomon was wealthy and wise beyond measure. He could--and did--have anything he wanted, including many women from many lands. But for all his wisdom, did he or the women in his life ever find what they searched for all of their lives?

In this engrossing novel, you'll find yourself whisked away to ancient Israel, where you'll meet Solomon and four of the women he loved: 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 the eyes of these women, you'll ask yourself the ultimate question: Did Solomon's wisdom ultimately benefit him and those he loved . . . or did it betray them?


Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. You can visit her at www.jilleileensmith.com


I have loved every one of the books by Jill Eileen Smith and this one was just as excellent as the others I've read. I really love how she brings the stories of the people in the Bible alive for us and helps us to understand the times that they were living in as well. She does it in a very entertaining way and keeps the reader up late into the night reading!

I really enjoyed getting to know these people from the Bible in ways that helped me understand their stories a little better. Of course, this is a fictional story and the author is showing us what could have happened with these characters during this time. Because her research is always so in depth, you can trust that she is giving us an accurate portrayal of how things were during this time of history.

I was so intrigued with Solomon and his relationship with all the women in his life - from his mother, Bathsheba to his many wives. I really enjoyed seeing this story from Naamah's point of view as the first wife. With all the many wives he added to his household, it was intriguing and a bit over whelming!

I loved this book and how it pulled me into the complex story of Solomon. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Revell. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie

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