The Heart of a King, by Jill Eileen Smith, is a fictional retelling of King Solomon and four of his wives. Prior to becoming king, Solomon marries his childhood friend, who is also a follower of God. Knowing he will some day be king, they know he will have many wives and concubines. But she, Naamah, wants him for herself. Following the death of his father, King David, Solomon married the wife of King David that cared for him during his illness. Later to take control back of a fallen city, Solomon marries the daughter of a Egyptian pharaoh, who continues to worship her statues. And when Solomon finds out the Queen of Sheba is in need of an heir, he marries her for a short time to provide an heir for her country.
This is an easy book to read set in ancient Israel during the reign of Kind David and King Solomon. While being based on Biblical characters, the story is very much fictional containing characters and situations not present in the Bible. The story is written to show the lives of four of Solomon’s wives, yet it does show a lot of Solomon, the life he lived, the expectations he lived with and person that he was. He dearly loved God, his parents and his country. The story is very very descriptive, allowing the reader to visualize the area and happenings. I recommend this story for those who enjoy reading fictional stories based on Bible characters.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Tour program. This is my honest review.
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