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

". . .be strong. . . act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires." (112)

Title:  The Heart of a King: The Loves of Solomon
Author: Jill Eileen Smith
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Biblical Fiction 
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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 THOUGHTS

Jill Eileen Smith continues to bring Biblical characters to life in her latest Biblical Fiction, The Heart of a King focused on the various loves of Solomon.  With creative interpretations mixed with biblical truths, the author present to readers the inner thoughts and turmoil within the "wise king," Solomon, son of David.

"Only God can give us all that we need. Only He can feed the hungriest places in our soul." (42)

It's always surprising to see how sometimes, people we think are smart can do something so unwise. Throughout The Heart of the King, we see Solomon's heart for the Lord, yet had we ever wonder about why even the wise king can falter and disobey the One he loves?  The author gave us an imaginative understanding the characters' emotional state, but more importantly shared with us the message of human nature. Justification and denial seeps into our minds more often than expected. A timeless struggle, yet our God will feed us with reminders of His love and laws. Not only does The Heart of the King gives readers a story, but a message to ponder on, and the desire to dig deeper into the Bible for affirmation. In my mind, that makes this novel worth the read. 


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of The Crimson Cord, The Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and the ebook novellas The Desert Princess and The Shepherdess. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. 

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