Award-winning author Jill Eileen Smith's latest biblical fiction novel, The Heart of a King, is a fascinating look into the life of King Solomon, his incredible wisdom granted by God, and his numerous foreign wives and many indulgences, which ultimately led to his downfall. Jill Eileen Smith is a master at bringing Scripture to life and filling in the details in a meaningful way that encourages readers dig deeper into the Bible and discover more about the word of God.
Portions of this book were previously published as e-books by this author (The Desert Princess, The Shepherdess, Daughter of the Nile, and The Queen of Sheba), so readers will thoroughly enjoy how all of these stories come together to tell a more complete narrative of King Solomon's life. This novel focuses on four important loves in King Solomon's life, while also exploring the relationships Solomon had with his parents, King David and Bathsheba, one of his half-brothers, Adonijah, and most importantly, his relationship with God. Readers will learn about his first wife (and mother of his heir) Naamah, Abishag the shepherdess, Siti the daughter of an Egyptian pharaoh, and Nicaula the queen of Sheba.
This is an amazing book that readers of historical fiction and biblical fiction will not want to miss! Jill Eileen Smith's eloquent writing style is easy to follow, thoroughly captivates readers, and keeps them invested in the novel right until the end. King Solomon was a highly charming, wise ruler of Israel, whose seven hundred wives, hundreds of concubines and extravagant life of excess was in contrast to the teachings and obedience that God asked of him. I can not wait for Jill Eileen Smith's next release. I enjoyed The Heart of a King so much that I plan to read more of her earlier biblical fiction novels on other women from the Old Testament.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.