The Desert Princess (The Loves of King Solomon, #1)by Published 05 Aug 2014
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Solomon captured her heart. But can she hold on to his?
King David is running for his life with his young son Solomon in tow when Naamah first encounters the prince. Her father is loyal to the king, and that loyalty will be sealed years later--through the marriage of Solomon and Naamah.
For her part, Naamah is happy to wed the handsome prince and enter into palace life. But all is not well in Jerusalem. Solomon must navigate constant threats to his life--even from within the palace walls. And when peace is restored, can Naamah ever be truly happy as she watches the love of her life taking more wives?
The Desert Princess (The Loves of King Solomon, #1) Reviews
An interesting set of stories but this one ends very abruptly.
I like that the author tackles the issue of what it must have been like to battle with the issue of not being an only wife.
I also like how this wife comes to know Israel's God.
This is quite an enjoyable read. I especially appreciated the use of the Hebrew terms Elohim for God and Adonai for Lord and most especially Yahweh, the name of God in Hebrew. I look forward to reading the other books in this series and the more Biblical fiction by this author.
This was also a fun book to write. It was a change to 1st person for me, but the voice of the story demanded it. It should release to e-book 8-1-14. I hope you enjoy it!
History tells us very little about Naamah the Ammonite princess, the first wife of Solomon, and the mother of his heir, Rehoboam. Many historians have assumed that because she was raised in a nation of idol worship, specifically to Molech who required child sacrifice, that she was probably as evil as Jezebel. I like this imaginative tale much better. Naamah is presented as a gentle and compassionate young woman whose exposure to child sacrifice has filled her with disgust and encouraged her to seek knowledge of Solomon's God instead. This is also a beautiful story of the romance of youth and the idea that Solomon's songs of love may have been written for more than one woman. I enjoyed this novella very much!
Really enjoyed this book but as is inevitable with a novella, there wasn't a great deal of depth, but the author dealt well with the small amount of information on Naamah. Well worth a read.