SUMMARY: Wisdom came as God's gift, but sacred love was forged through passion's fire.
Standing in the shadow of his famous father, young King Solomon wavers between fear and bravado, longing for a love that is true and pure - a love that can be his cornerstone.
A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah has known since she first laid eyes on Solomon that it was her destiny to become his bride. When her father secures a promise from Solomon to marry Arielah as a treaty bride to help unite the kingdom, it seems her dreams will 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?
Mesu Andrews expertly weaves the words of the Song of Solomon into this touching story of the power of love from a master storyteller.
REVIEW: When I read the Song of Solomon (also called Song of Songs) in the bible, I wish it was easier to understand and give more behind-the-scene details. This book does just that by taking the poetry of this beautiful love story and merging it in with the history of Solomon's early reign. The author weaves mercy, grace, passion and love in with the intrigue and danger of court life and life in a harem. While Mrs. Andrews does take some liberties with the story, I think she does an outstanding job conveying the love between the young king and his Shunemmite bride. It's hard to convey the depth and the great detail of the story without giving it all away. The characters grabbed me from the very beginning and kept it until the end. I love how Arielah's love for God and Solomon touches those she is around and how it changes lives.
This is a fantastic book. After reading it, I am thinking of rereading the Song of Solomon again along with the references of King Solomon's early reign. Awesome!
This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.
Available March 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Mesu Andrews is the author of Love Amid the Ashes and is an active speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God's Word, Andrews brings the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She and her husband have two married children and live in Washington. Read her blog, sign up for devotions, and learn more interesting facts about he books at www.mesuandrews.com or on Facebook.