Between the Wild Branches Book Review

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Between the Wild Branches is another Biblical fiction novel which proves, once again, Connilyn Cossette is a master at weaving an interesting story that’s hard to put down.

Set in Ashdod, Philistia 1052 BC, Between the Wild Branches tells the story of Philistine champion fighter Lukio, and Hebrew slave to one of the king’s daughters, Shoshana. Although the two were close during their years growing up in Israel, they haven’t seen each other for ten years. When they rediscover each other, complicated matters only become more complicated.

This book is filled with a cast of intriguing characters. Some honorable. Some despicable. There is sacrifice and greed. Hatred and love.

Connilyn uses her well-researched vast knowledge of Biblical times to present an authentic world, and bring two different cultures to life. With unexpected twists and turns, Between the Wild Branches keeps the reader turning pages to the very end.

If you enjoy Biblical historical fiction at its best, then Between the Wild Branches may just be the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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I wish you well.

Sandy

The Heart of a King Book Review

In The Heart of a King, Jill Eileen Smith’s latest biblical historical novel, she takes a fictionalized look at four of the women in King Solomon’s life: Naamah the Ammonitess and mother of Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. Abishag the Shunamite who was one of David’s wives before she became Solomon’s wife after David died. Siti a daughter of Pharoah. Nicaula, Smith’s name for the Queen of Sheba.

Basing her book on part biblical account and part author’s imagination, Ms. Smith weaves in familiar words from the Song of Solomon, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes to her story of Solomon and these four women. She adds bits of Solomon’s story found in the pages of the Old Testament alongside those of her imagination. She shows through the lives of these women and Solomon how a man God honored with wisdom, through his actions and disobedience to God’s laws, proved anything but wise.

The author gives readers a sense of time and place in this book with the details of everyday life she includes. Always a plus in my opinion when I read historical fiction of any kind.

If you enjoy biblical historical fiction, perhaps The Heart of the King is a book to put on your To Be Read list.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Isaiah’s Daughter – Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In Isaiah’s Daughter Mesu Andrews creates a fictionalized story of what might have happened had the prophet Isaiah adopted an orphan, Ishma, renamed her Hephizbah, ” Ziba”, and raised her in his home. From the Bible we know her as the wife of Judah’s righteous king, Hezekiah, the mother of Judah’s wickedest king, Manasseh.

Within the pages of this book, Mesu Andrews dives deep into what Zibah’s life may have been like at the time of Israel’s Divided Kingdom. This thoroughly researched biblically based story tells a fascinating tale full of rich details that bring to life the time of the prophet Isaiah beginning with King Ahaz’s corrupt rule.

We follow a young Zibah as she grows up with, and marries, the future king Hezekiah. The story of the Divided Kingdom is told through Zibah’s eyes as she struggles to understand Yahweh’s plan for her life, and the life of Judah.

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Sandy

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