Title: Solomon’s Song
Author: Roberta Kells Dorr
Publisher: River North/Moody
Number of Pages: 293
Review Source: Publishers
My rating (0-5): 4 Stars
The sadness and the tenderness of life are felt so acutely in the presence of beauty, and love is revealed more in our sorrow than in our joy. -Solomon, from Solomon’s Song
The wisest of all kings, beloved son of King David and his wife Bathsheba, builder of a prosperous empire, lover to many wives and concubines-King Solomon was once merely a son of David with no guarantee of ever taking the throne. On the cusp of adulthood, with no direction in life, Solomon found himself infatuated . . . in love with a lowly shepherdess, a young maiden chosen for his father to serve David in his later years.
Biblical fiction is probably one of my most favourite genres to read. I’ve read different kinds of Biblical fiction, and some rank high and some rank low, and others rank somewhere in the middle. For me, I think “Solomon’s Song” ranked somewhere in the middle – closer to the top than the bottom though. It was a well-written book, and I liked Shulamit probably the best. Her parts of the book were my favourite parts to read. :)
As the title suggests, this book is about King Solomon and his reign – the book starts out with him just turning 18, and has not risen to the throne of his father David yet. It’s the story of his growing love for Shulamit, the peasant girl from Shunem.
I would say there is some mature content in the book, and wouldn’t recommend the book for anyone under at least 18. Though, it depends on one’s maturity level and what they feel is best for them, I suppose. There were quite a few parts that were on the very ‘mushy’ side, and at the end I just skipped some of it. There is one part involving the Princess that Solomon is supposed to marry, that I think was unnecessary. It didn’t really involve Solomon himself at that point, “just” the princess and her occultic nature and background – it is a little on the inappropriate side, in my opinion, and wasn’t needed in the book to the extent that it was.
Other than that, it was a good read. It’s always nice to have a deeper picture of Biblical accounts – it makes them come to life. :)
A big thank-you to the publishers for sending me a review copy!