Standing in the massive shadow of his famous father, young king Solomon wavers between fear and bravado, wisdom and folly. In the uncertain world of alliances and treachery, Solomon longs for peace and a love that is true and pure--a love that can be his cornerstone.
A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah remembers the first time she laid eyes on Solomon in Jerusalem when she was just seven years old. Since then she has known that it was her destiny to become his bride. When her father, a leader of their tribe, secures a promise from King Solomon to marry Arielah as a treaty bride to help unite the kingdom, it seems her dreams may 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?
*Warning: Some spoilers below*
Amazing. Absolutely amazing. Mesu Andrews deserves an award for the beautiful work she has put into Love's Sacred Song.
While, admittedly, it took me a while to really come to like Solomon and adjust to the pace I'm very glad I read it.
Enter in Arielah. A young shepherdess who knew when she first laid eyes on Solomon that she would one day become his wife. She faces many battles and enemies throughout the book. But she shows compassion, mercy, and forgiveness to all who will accept it. My favorite scene in particular that impacted me the most was Igal's redemption. Seeing him repent and reconnect with his family warmed my heart.
Then we meet Solomon. A young new king who just lost his Abba to old age. We get to see him struggle to find his place. (This is where Andrew's ability to weave scripture in with the fiction is superb.) To see what it was like for Israelite kings was stunning and intriguing.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Biblical fiction.
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