The Heart of a King: The Loves of Solomon

The Heart of a King: The Loves of Solomon

by Jill Eileen Smith

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Overview

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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ISBN-13: 9780800722401
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 183,702
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling and award-winning author of the biblical fiction series The Wives of King David, Wives of the Patriarchs, and Daughters of the Promised Land, as well as the nonfiction book When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at www.jilleileensmith.com.

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The Heart of a King: The Loves of Solomon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
AtyomenkoReader 3 months ago
I love reading biblical fiction and this author is talented in telling a story. They do a very good job of capturing the life of a king with the love for God, but also the draw to women to obtain more peace, power and lands. Her skill weaves a tale of the confusing facts of polygamy, and its downfalls, even when you think it is sort of ok. I loved Solomon, and yet, I didn’t like him at all. He was the hero that you wanted to do the right thing, but felt like he kept going back to his desire for power, but had a good heart in it all. If you want to understand more about this unique king that married, what seems like half the world’s princesses, pick this book up. It is fascinating with a lot of stories in it.
Reading_Bee 3 months ago
The Heart of a King by Jill Eileen Smith is an intriguing imagining of the life of King Solomon and “the women he loved.” Although I cannot say I agree with all of the author’s creative licenses, I believe she did a masterful job of weaving a fascinating story of “what might have been” in the life of the wisest man who ever lived. I enjoyed being able to see, not only through the viewpoints of the different wives, but also through Solomon’s eyes as well. I appreciated the uniqueness of each woman’s story, and how they intertwined, not only with King Solomon, but also with each other throughout their lives. I have not yet read the individual Loves of King Solomon books, but I thought this book read well by itself, although I may have received a more “rounded” view of the women had I read them beforehand. This book was fascinating and unique, and I would recommend it to those who enjoy wonderful Biblical fiction—the story is captivating, and certainly inspires the reader to dive even deeper into the real world of the Bible, and find out more about the truth in this powerful story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for FREE, and a positive review was not required.
MyBeautifulBrownLife 4 months ago
Masterpiece! This is the first word that comes to mind when I read "The Heart of a King". I have been a fan of Jill Eileen Smith's authorship for three years now and have read all of her books published. Every time I re-read any of her books my mind is blown away! I love how Jill brings the thoughts, desires, and motives of each of the character portrayal to life and allows us to get a deeper look into the lives of God's patriarchs. Speaking from the perspective of a former notorious non-book reader, having this experience of reading such beauty is worth a thousand years. I received this book via the Jill Eileen Smith Launch Team book review and so glad to apart of a team who reflects on the servants of God. This book is HIGHLY recommended, please read it.
Anonymous 3 hours ago
Taking place during the mid 10th century this book delivers more than a story about a king and his country. It's about King Solomon who served His God and about four of the women who loved him. We can only guess at the emotions of historical people, but Jill Eileen Smith does a fantastic job putting them into words. I enjoyed reading her blend of facts and speculations. She stays true to the Biblical account and writing with empathy and sympathy she gives us a better understanding of the heart of a woman who has to share the man she loves. She also gives perspective to the unique life of King Solomon. We see him as a royal king, a wise leader and a romantic man. The romantic side of King Solomon is shown when his own words are quoted. They are taken from Songs of Solomon. I can comfortably give this book four stars for adult readers. I appreciated the reference to King Solomon's well known thoughts from Lamentations, the appearance of King David and Bathsheba, and other Biblical parts relevant to the story. However if a teen would read this, it would be wise to have an adult available to answer questions they may have. Note: I received a free eBook from Fleming H. Revell Company via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 3 hours ago
Taking place during the mid 10th century this book delivers more than a story about a king and his country. It's about King Solomon who served His God and about four of the women who loved him. We can only guess at the emotions of historical people, but Jill Eileen Smith does a fantastic job putting them into words. I enjoyed reading her blend of facts and speculations. She stays true to the Biblical account and writing with empathy and sympathy she gives us a better understanding of the heart of a woman who has to share the man she loves. She also gives perspective to the unique life of King Solomon. We see him as a royal king, a wise leader and a romantic man. The romantic side of King Solomon is shown when his own words are quoted. They are taken from Songs of Solomon. I can comfortably give this book four stars for adult readers. I appreciated the reference to King Solomon's well known thoughts from Lamentations, the appearance of King David and Bathsheba, and other Biblical parts relevant to the story. However if a teen would read this, it would be wise to have an adult available to answer questions they may have. Note: I received a free eBook from Fleming H. Revell Company via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 3 hours ago
Taking place during the mid 10th century this book delivers more than a story about a king and his country. It's about King Solomon who served His God and about four of the women who loved him. We can only guess at the emotions of historical people, but Jill Eileen Smith does a fantastic job putting them into words. I enjoyed reading her blend of facts and speculations. She stays true to the Biblical account and writing with empathy and sympathy she gives us a better understanding of the heart of a woman who has to share the man she loves. She also gives perspective to the unique life of King Solomon. We see him as a royal king, a wise leader and a romantic man. The romantic side of King Solomon is shown when his own words are quoted. They are taken from Songs of Solomon. I can comfortably give this book four stars for adult readers. I appreciated the reference to King Solomon's well known thoughts from Lamentations, the appearance of King David and Bathsheba, and other Biblical parts relevant to the story. However if a teen would read this, it would be wise to have an adult available to answer questions they may have. Note: I received a free eBook from Fleming H. Revell Company via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 3 hours ago
Taking place during the mid 10th century this book delivers more than a story about a king and his country. It's about King Solomon who served His God and about four of the women who loved him. We can only guess at the emotions of historical people, but Jill Eileen Smith does a fantastic job putting them into words. I enjoyed reading her blend of facts and speculations. She stays true to the Biblical account and writing with empathy and sympathy she gives us a better understanding of the heart of a woman who has to share the man she loves. She also gives perspective to the unique life of King Solomon. We see him as a royal king, a wise leader and a romantic man. The romantic side of King Solomon is shown when his own words are quoted. They are taken from Songs of Solomon. I can comfortably give this book four stars for adult readers. I appreciated the reference to King Solomon's well known thoughts from Lamentations, the appearance of King David and Bathsheba, and other Biblical parts relevant to the story. However if a teen would read this, it would be wise to have an adult available to answer questions they may have. Note: I received a free eBook from Fleming H. Revell Company via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 3 hours ago
Taking place during the mid 10th century this book delivers more than a story about a king and his country. It's about King Solomon who served His God and about four of the women who loved him. We can only guess at the emotions of historical people, but Jill Eileen Smith does a fantastic job putting them into words. I enjoyed reading her blend of facts and speculations. She stays true to the Biblical account and writing with empathy and sympathy she gives us a better understanding of the heart of a woman who has to share the man she loves. She also gives perspective to the unique life of King Solomon. We see him as a royal king, a wise leader and a romantic man. The romantic side of King Solomon is shown when his own words are quoted. They are taken from Songs of Solomon. I can comfortably give this book four stars for adult readers. I appreciated the reference to King Solomon's well known thoughts from Lamentations, the appearance of King David and Bathsheba, and other Biblical parts relevant to the story. However if a teen would read this, it would be wise to have an adult available to answer questions they may have. Note: I received a free eBook from Fleming H. Revell Company via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
AmyPutney 18 hours ago
I really enjoyed this read. It's a bit different from some of Jill's other biblical fiction, but it made for a really fascinating look at Solomon and 4 of his wives. It's easy to wonder how on earth Solomon ended up with SO many wives and concubines, but Jill's imagining in this book helps it make a little more sense (obviously it was still wrong and VERY unwise), but I appreciated to look into Solomon's mind and the minds of some of his wives. I'll admit that this wasn't my favorite of Jill's books, but it was still an interesting and engaging read that I can highly recommend. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 21 days ago
The Heart of a King is a compilation of short stories about four of the wives of King Solomon. I was apprehensive from the start as this book seemed to fit into my preconceived notions of what I would be reading. And it was: a chick-flick romance novel. If you are looking for a romantic view of Israel's (and the world's) wisest king, then this is the book for you. Smith introduces you to four wives of different histories from different times in Solomon's life. - Naamah the Ammonite, his first wife and a friend of his youth. Namaah seeks to know Solomon and his God in a more personal way. She also hopes Solomon will obey God's commands to kings and be the husband of one wife. - Abishag, the young wife-nurse of David selected by Bathsheba knowing Solomon would marry the young wives of his father. Solomon and Abishag fall in love through grief and love of music. - Siti, the young Egyptian princess who gives Solomon Gezer, but refuses to give up her god, Bastet and demands a palace of her own. - Nicaula, the virgin Queen of Sheba who seeks Solomon's wisdom and a trade agreement. In her search, she finds wisdom for herself in a relationship with the God of Israel. Personally, I struggled to read this novel. After reading the selections about the first two wives, I set the book down and it glared at me for nearly two weeks. I legitimately could not read anything else knowing I agreed to review the book honestly, which I refused to do until I finished the novel, but I had no desire to finish (see my predicament?). Eventually, I did push through and finish the novel. I enjoyed the conflicts present in the last two wives better than the first, but not enough to say that I love the book. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: - Solomon woos several of his wives with the same poems and sayings, including calling each of them "my dove" and a passage describing Solomon holding and kissing intimately them prior to marriage, resulting in a sexual rise from the lady, only to say "we must wait until love awakens"as he walks away. These descriptions bothered me as Solomon did not reveal himself as a man in love, rather he sounded like a sexual predator, manipulating his most current victim. While I understand many readers may not interpret Solomon's words and characters in this way, I could not shake the feeling that Solomon was a master manipulator. After reading Siti's section, I was more understanding of Solomon's motivations to keep peace via marriages to princesses of other lands, but then he manipulated Nicaula into a marriage and child after she showed her unease and asked to call off the marriage. His wording in this section, again, reminded me of a sexual predator offering confidence in the midst of insecurity rather than listening and backing off. - Solomon is a whiny crown prince and comes off as incredibly selfish throughout the book, although the selfishness does lessen toward the end. - Solomon's relationship with Adonai seems weak. Namaah and Abishag mention the strength of his faith, but it is not apparent to the reader. Yes, we are give the prayer when God offers Solomon anything and grants him wisdom and descriptions of his obsession with the building of the temple. The temple obsession is not a convincing argument for his love of Adonai, just his love of his father and fulfilling a duty. WHAT I DID LIKE: -The characterization of Bathsheba as Queen Mother. While I am certain her position was difficult, I appreciated how Smith used her
DixieJudy 21 days ago
Smith has brought to life the story of Solomon’s many loves in this very descriptive and dramatic novel. She has enhanced with colorful details, this ancient time in Israel when Solomon was king. This novel deals with four of Solomon’s wives out of 700+ wives. Also it has a lot about his mother and His father David, before his death and Solomon was given the kingdom. Solomon was granted wisdom from God when he asked and this also brought many gifts of gold and silver from foreign king who hoped to make am alliance with the king of Israel. They also presented the king with their daughters to wed. Solomon felt that he could not refuse their gifts, in this he greatly erred, disobeying the law of God. The wives brought their servants and their foreign Gods with them and eventually turned Solomon away from the true God. Smith has done her research well and this is a most enjoyable read…….. I received a copy of the book from Baker Publishing and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Anonymous 24 days ago
This book is about King Solomon and his wives. King Solomon was given the gift of wisdom by God. He used his wisdom to rule wisely, and teach others. The book focuses on 4 of his wives even though he had many. He had hundreds of wives and hundreds of concubines. His favorite wife was the Queen of Sheba. However, he had to leave her go back to her own country to rule. Solomon continued to marry for political reasons even though God had told him not to in his laws. He was also not supposed to wed foreign women, because they worshipped other gods. He married them anyway. He believed that his wisdom would allow him to break these rules, because he would not worship any other gods. However, that was his downfall in the end. This book is an excellent fictionalized version of the story of King Solomon. I love how history was brought to life.
Anonymous 25 days ago
The Heart of a King By Jill Eileen Smith Looking back to the old testament, this book draws inspiration from King Solomon and his many wife’s. Solomon’s wisdom was great but as we are all human his fall was the wife’s he accepted and chose. I enjoyed this book. Of course, this is a fictional tale but it is a fictional retelling of a non-fictitious character. It is often hard to imagine biblical events being real but they were and stories like this open your imagination to the culture and time of these people we read of. Biblical fiction brings to life the humanity of the people God used so long ago and allows one to imagine the struggles that were faced in concurrence with the lives we live in the present. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion, which I’ve shared here.
Debragg 28 days ago
Author Jill Eileen Smith has written another book in that wonderful series called , "Daughters of the Promised Land Series." This book is called , " The Heart of a King". Who was King Solomon? Was he really rich? Was he even smart enough to know what to do with it all? How many women did he really love? He was able to have whatever he wanted. This is the story of 4 women in his life. The daughter of a pharoah named Siti, a princess of the desert called Naamah, A shepherdess named Abishag and the queen of Sheba. They all were part of his life. This is a very gripping story. Anyone who loves ancient times where kings and queens were in charge will love this series. I give this 5/5. I was given this book for a review and all opinions are mine.
DarkWolf707 28 days ago
So for the story itself. It focuses on Solomon, of course and 4 women (out of a thousand) who loved him. Naamah, the Ammorite who has come to accept God; Abishag the Shulamite who is first wife to King David and then his son and entrances Solomon with her passion for songs and poetry; Siti, the spoiled Eygptian princess whose intelligence and desire to challenge his belief in God; and lastly Nicaula, the great queen of Sheba who alone he felt to truly be his equal in life. What I have always liked with Jill Smith’s work is how she manages to portray the people we read about in the Bible and in my opinion, captures their essence perfectly. Solomon’s life was filled with abundance and love, his wisdom unmatched with any. But with all that he had, it was never enough, and Solomon could never find true peace. Even the gift of wisdom he so desired felt like a burden. I felt both annoyed and sorry for him. Honestly, you can’t help feeling at least a little disgusted how he reuses the same lines of mushy poetry you read in the Song of Solomon on each woman he comes across. But reading on, you can see how in his own way, in those moments he really did love the woman he was with, but his heart was never content. In this you can’t help but feel for him. For how many times have we made “things” in our own life more important than the One who made them and allowed us to have them? And in so doing, we feel nothing but emptiness inside, only able to feel some spark for the briefest of moments before seeking some new pleasure to try to awaken it back in us again. Jill portrays that accurately with Solomon, a man who had it all and sought to have so much. He became so enamored with his own wisdom and power he forgot to honor and seek the One who gave it to him. And so nothing in his life satisfied him. Not even love. Of the women who loved him, Siti was probably my least favorite because she was so whiny and spoiled. But I did like in the end how she started to question her belief in the Egyptian gods and was beginning to make an effort to understand the one God. Naamah was a like a promise that went unfulfilled. She loved Solomon since they first met as children, and marrying him was like a dream come true, even though she knew he would take other wives. In the end, she had to stand off to the side and watch as he went with woman after woman, and ended up forgetting her. And poor Abishag. She had a lot of love to give, and was probably the most understanding woman ever. She knew what her fate was, but didn’t complain. Even though her moments with Solomon were few, she was happy for them. Because of her gentle nature, she ended up even befriending Naamah, who before was seeing her as just another rival. And then there is Nicaula. She is beautiful and intelligent, with enormous wealth and power. But she longs for the one things denied her: love. When she hears the tales of Solomon’s wisdom she sets forth to not only see if the tales are true, but find the answers to the burning questions in her soul. While the story lagged a bit in spots and some moments lost their impact because they were chopped short, Heart of a King is a great read that shows how empty life can be when pursuing things and ignoring God. Because without Him, everything truly is meaningless. Verdict: Buy (I received a free copy of the book from the publisher and author from the blogging program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.)
AdventurousBookworm 30 days ago
I feel like this book had potential, but the content did not cut it for me. Let's start with what I liked about this book. First, we see that Soloman had struggles with trusting in God. He had started worshiping wisdom instead of the One who gave him it. It makes him seem more human instead of this 'wise guy from the Old Testament' that is taught in Sunday school. The setting seemed well-researched and I enjoyed the tidbits of what life looked like back in Biblical times. From the musicians at the festival to the architectural details, this book was accurate in its portrayal of Ancient Israel. However, what I had an issue with was the content. There were too many unnecessary details strewn throughout the whole novel. Rating: 2 Stars Content: 1 Star *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
ARS8 3 months ago
In The Heart of a King, author Smith takes us into the courts of King Solomon and the politics and schemes that surrounded him, his family, and his kingdom. Starting out when King David was still alive, Solomon has promises from his father about being his heir; however some of his brothers see otherwise. This book is written around scripture and if you are familiar with Solomon’s story you will see these familiar passages of his reign. Now this book specifically focuses on four of his wives, whom as many of us know Solomon had many wives and concubines. The author gives us a look at why Solomon may have married so many women: some for political gain and power, some he loved, and he also seemed to really like women and “collecting” them. As we read in the book of Ecclesiastes, the Teacher lived how he wanted and to any extravagance he wanted. But from the very first page, we see that this has not made him happy, that it is all “meaningless”. Not only that but he has done things that the King of Israel was never supposed to do. So his heart turned away from his God, the God of his father. We also get the viewpoints of the wives, their feelings and concerns, some just accepted life as it was. Other tried to be the one for him. I was very moved by their stories. This was a very interesting read, especially trying to dissect Solomon’s life and loves. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Sandra Denman 3 months ago
My Thoughts: What can I say about this book? Well, I really enjoyed reading it! I was so excited to receive a copy of “The Heart of A King: The Loves of Solomon” from Revell for review. I love this genre..Biblical, historical fiction. The cover of the book is amazing. It is eye-catching and of course, just beautiful! Of course the genre really speaks to me, so I knew that I wanted to read it. Two things going for it right there! When I got this book, I really wasted no time in getting started. I was not familiar with the author, so this was the first book from this author that I have read. I really enjoyed! I gave this 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. To me, the attention to detail is what really took it to the next level, along with the author’s writing style. You felt like you were right there in the book! I liked the characters….some more than others. I understand this book is fiction, but based on Biblical truths….but it definitely gives you a better understanding of Solomon as well as the times that they lived in. Why 4 out of 5 stars? It was jammed packed and it almost seemed that in some parts, there was something missing. Maybe the time gaps….I don’t know…but with that being said, I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it! If you love historical fiction, Biblical fiction, or just love a good read, I think this is a great book for you to read!
hes7 3 months ago
In The Heart of a King, Jill Eileen Smith imaginatively explores the life of Solomon, king of Israel, lover of many women, and receiver of God’s wisdom. It’s a story rich in history and detail, proving absolutely captivating. Smith focuses on four women in Solomon’s life: Naamah, Abishag, Siti, and Nicaula. Each woman comes to him with a different background, yet prompts similar questions of whether Solomon is living in accordance with the wisdom granted him. As the story unfolds, all five of these central characters come to life on the page with their strengths, flaws, and emotions, as well as a thought-provoking message, vividly displayed. I enjoyed this fictional peek into the life of Solomon. Though I would have liked to see a little more of the women throughout the novel, I understand that the accompanying novellas dive deeper into each woman’s perspective—I will most assuredly be reading those soon. I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
amybooksy 3 months ago
The Heart of a King is a collection of four novellas from Jill Nelson Smith’s The Loves of King Solomon series. It tells the stories of Naamah, Siti, Nicaula and Abishag. I loved this book. The details of the book made me feel as though I was right there taken back in time of the Kingdom of Israel in the presence of these admirable women and King Solomon. I give The Heart of a King five plus stars and highly recommend it for readers who enjoy Biblical Fiction. It most definitely not a book to be missed this summer. Great read! I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
LoriP123 3 months ago
The Heart of a King by Jill Eileen Smith is part of The Loves of King Solomon series and a book you definitely don't want to miss. Jill Eileen Smith is one of those authors that draws you in and transports you back in time with her wonderful stories and characters. While reading The Heart of a King I felt like I was witnessing King Solomon and his loves first hand and it makes me want to read more of the stories in this wonderful series. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
luvnjesus 3 months ago
The Heart Of A King” is the first book that I have read from author Jill Eileen Smith. Portions of the book are part of previous e-books, however I don’t feel it is necessary to read those to understand King Solomon. The author is a master story teller and the reader will be pulled in from page one bringing scripture to life. I love reading biblical historical fiction and King Solomon did not disappoint. I look forward to reading the author’s other books. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of the book mentioned above in the hope that I would review it on my blog. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
jess_baker_614 3 months ago
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. The more I read biblical fiction, the more I love it. Jill Eileen Smith has managed not only to perfectly blend scripture into her story, but give what I think is a great portrayal of the thoughts and Solomon's wives, as well as Solomon himself. Here is a man who loved the Lord, and yet he made mistakes. While he may have thought they were for good reason, they were still mistakes. Jill Eileen Smith has the ability not only to draw you into the character's minds, but understand the reasoning behind why they do things. I didn't know much about these four women before reading this (unfortunately I have not read the full novels about them by Smith), so I found myself learning so much. Yes, I understand that it if fiction, however I think there is some truth in how they were portrayed. The thing that surprised me the most was how my feelings of Bathsheba changed after reading this. She was presented in a whole new light, one that I really didn't think of. Yes, I need to read about her in my bible again, and while I do I am going to remember the words that I read here. And then try to piece it all together and learn more about her. I think that's the goal of biblical fiction - to make you want to dive into your bible and learn as much as you can. Jill Eileen Smith makes these characters come to life, and they get into your mind and stay there awhile. Yes we see their love for the Lord, but we also see their failures. We see how they pick themselves up, and try again. The other neat thing to see in reading this was the references to Song of Solomon. He really was poetic, and seeing that side of him presented here was really neat. The men of today certainly don't talk like this, nor do most of them in contemporary romance novels to be honest, so it was very sweet to read. Don't misunderstand - I know that it was also Solomon's downfall. But let's be real - if you were one of these ladies you can see how easily they could be swayed by Solomon. We read mostly in the bible about his time ruling, and to see this side of him was just so interesting to me. This novel was a home run for me. It brought the bible to life, and made my longing to dive in deeper that much greater. I look forward to reading more of Smith's novels, and reading them with my bible nearby so I can reference as I'm reading. I can certainly see after reading this why so many people love her books! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
3404499 3 months ago
I received an advanced copy of this title via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. People take the characters of the Bible very seriously. An author must be careful not to misrepresent the image that has been accepted by the masses. When a person has only been mentioned briefly, it allows for greater flexibility. Solomon has been identified through the ages as being the wisest of kings. He loved deeply but sinned against God despite the blessings that had been given to him. Smith crafts a wonderful compilation on the lives of several of Solomon's wives. As there isn't much written about the lives of the wives, Smith had to use historical and biblical content to craft a rendering of their lives in the most accurate way possible. In order so that these individual stories could be presented seamlessly, Smith gives Solomon center stage. The reader is taken on a journey with Solomon as he struggles with the depth of love he has for God and how he rationalizes the love he has for some of his wives despite their foreign birth. Smith leaves the door open to expand on each of these characters more intensely in other works.
Patricia Hinojosa 3 months ago
I have always been intrigued by King Solomon’s story and have always questioned myself how can a man so loved and gifted by God and life itself could have erred so deeply in his ways. So when I read the title of this book by Jill Eileen Smith, I knew I had to read it. She has some ebooks of each of the most important women is Solomon’s life, but I hadn’t read them. This is a compilation and improved story of this women. I like that the book is written from Solomon and the women’s point of view. So this is the story of Solomon and the four women he most loved. The Bible doesn’t give much details about them, so this is a work of fiction. But it seemed to me that it is very well researched and it totally transports you to ancient Israel and the traditions of the jewish people and the other cultures that interacted with the jewish. The woman were: Namaah, the desert princess, Abishag, the shepherdess, Siti, the daughter of the Egyptian Pharaoh, and Nicaula, the Queen of Sheeba. These are four women, but we know Solomon had a very ample harem, although these ladies are the most important. This is not a Hallmark movie with its happily ever after. This is a true story, and a sad one at that. But there is so much to learn behind Solomon’s atittude. From the start you can see he’s obsessed with being designed his father’s –King David- Co-Regent. It’s understandable to be afraid of what would happen if one of his jealous brothers would get to the throne, but still he was too focused on gaining power. It was evident he cared for his women, but he was too much distracted with his personal issues to be a good husband and think of them instead of him. He was a true King that worried and cared for his country and people and apparently “wanted” to honor God. But he always found excuses for doing just what God had advised him not to, maybe trying to please others and to gain other Kings graces. At the end, he didn’t have the strength and sincerity to listen to God’s Word in his heart and follow Him, even if that meant some kind of earthly loss. He was probably given one of the biggest gifts on eart, the godly wisdom, but he seemed to use it wisely in everything except his personal life. I think this is a great lesson of what doing God’s will sometimes entails. It entails doing different than what your desires might dictate. But in the end, doing God's will is what will make you happy and full inside. Having all those riches and women strayed Solomon away from God, instead of honoring Him by doing what he knew would please Him. He focused on the gift, but lost the vision of the Creator of his gift. I think this can help us be grateful with what God has given us, and try to always acknowledge that it is His gift, not our merit, and due to His Mercy. And also, to never stop giving thanks to Him, in good times, as well as the bad. Because it is in those bad times where we learn the most and to focus on what’s truly important: Loving God and others. I liked the book, in spite that I’m usually attracted to books that I know that end well and have a happy ending. I still think God loved Solomon so much, that He forgave his sins because he really repented. But there is so much to learn. And from the women’s perspective too. I especially liked Nicaula’s story. The Queen of Sheba has always been a mystery to me and it was so interesting to know about her, even if fictional. I think this is the woman that impacted Solomon the most. I totally recommend this!