Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Love's Sacred Song, a review
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?
Mesu Andrews expertly weaves the words of the Song of Solomon into this touching story of the power of love. Readers will be transported from the glowing fields of Shunem to the gleaming city of Jerusalem as they experience this rich and textured novel from a master storyteller.
If you take a Bible Story, say Solomon, and weave throughout his brilliant, beautiful story a woman who is even more beautiful and breathtaking, you may come close to a book as touching as Mesu Andrews' Love's Sacred Song. Or not...for she has, in my opinion, produced a new pedestal for books weaving fiction with Biblical stories. I was awestruck by the richness in this book- in the scenery, characters, actions. I felt I KNEW Solomon, and I KNEW this young woman who stole his heart. I applaud the author for her exceptional ideas- it is a novel rich with history, rich with love, and rich with redemption and mercy. Even more, what a challenge it would be to write about all of Solomon's wives- I could not imagine. Such a different time, different culture, and I feel Andrews was honest and tender in writing about this specific journey of love between Solomon and Arielah.
I could not recommend this enough- no matter what genre you prefer, this book should fit its way into your bookshelf! Be ready for it to tug at your heart strings- a very emotional journey!
Thank you for Baker Publishing/Revell for the review copy in exchange for an original review!