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“The Heart of a King” by Jill Eileen Smith ~ Book Review

 

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“The Heart of a King” by Jill Eileen Smith

The Loves of Solomon

Biblical/historical Fiction

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

The Heart of a King (The Loves of King Solomon #1-4)

About the book:

Four women captured King Solomon’s heart in different ways, and he indulges his desires despite warnings. For all his wisdom, did Solomon or the women he loved ever find what they were searching for?

 

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?

 

 

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My Thoughts:

 

Before I go into my review, I want to state how much I love this cover. The colors just pop and it is beautifully designed! And the spine of it too – it’s beautiful!
The inside of this attractive novel was very enjoyable as well. Not once was I bored or lacking interest. I found this book to be very well-written, and captivating.
It was really interesting to see into King Solomon’s life, as well as a few of his many wives’ lives.
I was really impressed with how the author wrote King Solomon’s character¬† – he was likeable and understandable, and yet so frustrating with his weakness for many, many women. I have always wondered about him and his many wives, and honestly, he was irritating in this aspect but I couldn’t hate him. His flaws made up his character, and his strengths were shown as well. Like I said, I was impressed with the overall respect the author wrote into his story.
And I also found the four wives highlighted in this novel to be fascinating and well-written. I felt for each of them and enjoyed getting to know them. I think Naamah and Abishag were my favorites, but they each were unique characters that had complex stories.
I would like to add as well that it was all tastefully written. I was a little cautious about how…passionate it might become at times because of the nature of the story, but the descriptions never went too far, and it was handled really well. I was very appreciative of this!
The historicalness of the story felt natural, and I would easily classify it as such; historical fiction.
“The Heart of a King” is definitely my favorite of this author’s work thus far, and I would recommend it to fans of Historical/Biblical fiction. This novel felt similar to the author Mesu Andrews’ writing, so if you’ve enjoyed her novels, be sure to check out this one as well.
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_It did no good to try to rewrite what was already past. What could never change. The very idea was futile._
_Sometimes suffering brings people together in a way prosperity never can._
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publishers as apart of the books launch team. I was not required to write a positive review.  
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Book Review: “Solomon’s Song” by Roberta Kells Dorr

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

Book Description:

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.

My review:

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!