Saturday, March 17, 2012
Standing in the massive shadow of his famous father, young king Solomon wavers between fear and bravado, wisdom and folly. In the uncertain world of alliances and treachery, Solomon longs for peace and a love that is true and pure--a love that can be his cornerstone.
A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah remembers the first time she laid eyes on Solomon in Jerusalem when she was just seven years old. Since then she has known that it was her destiny to become his bride. When her father, a leader of their tribe, secures a promise from King Solomon to marry Arielah as a treaty bride to help unite the kingdom, it seems her dreams may come true.
But how can this simple shepherdess live as part of Solomon's harem? Can Solomon set aside his distractions to give himself completely to just one woman? Or will he let duty, deception, and the daily routine divide his heart?
My Thoughts: My book arrived late, so I'm not completely finished with it yet. I am over halfway done with it and Mesu has written a beautiful story. The death of David was so real I was in tears. Solomon has so much on his shoulders it is hard to imagine how he must of felt with all the responsibility. Then there was the matter of the wives . . not only who he would take for a wife but what he would do with the wives of his father. Arielah, has been in love with Solomon since she saw him when she was seven and believes that she will be his wife, his real wife.
The problem is will Solomon be able to devote himself to just her? Whether you like Biblical fiction or not this is a book not to be missed! It brings Song of Solomon alive, and I highly recommend it!