Monday, March 10, 2014

Review: In the Shadow of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews

Title: In the Shadow of Jezebel
Author: Mesu Andrews
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 416
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2170-1
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014

Synopsis: 
In a kingdom controlled by cruel and manipulative women, one princess will discover the power of truth and love.

Trained as a priestess in the temple of Baal, Princess Jehosheba strives to please the demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach far beyond the realm of earthly governments.

Forced to marry Yahweh's high priest in order to further Athaliah and Jezebel's power plays, Jehosheba enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh's Temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family—and the nation—she loves?

With deft skill, Mesu Andrews brings the Old Testament to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.
 Review:
Mesu Andrews has such a wonderful gift for writing. Her stories are captivating, the historical detail is phenomenal, and the characters have such depth you either want to hug them or see them taken out of power. In the Shadow of Jezebel is another one of these fantastic stories!

Jehosheba was an intriguing character. As the daughter of the king, Jehosheba was taken on as a project by Queen Athaliah. Raised in a power hungry and corrupt setting, I didn't know how I would feel about Jehosheba. As we were introduced to her, she seemed like a spoiled princess, but as the story unfolded, I couldn't help but feel sorry for her.The abuse and the manipulation she suffered under the women in charge was horrific. As the story progressed, my heart broke for her. The years of abuse left scars, but God knew the man who would help lead her down the path of healing.

Mesu Andrews isn't trying to rewrite the Bible by any means, but the way she was able to turn a few verses in the Bible into a plausible idea that captures you into the story is wonderful! There are a few times in the Bible where it says a king did wicked things, or a king did evil in the eyes of God. In the Shadow of Jezebel, it makes you ask, was this the king's own doing, or was there a darker and more sinister force pushing him?

I will also say, that like other good Biblical based fiction, this story made me want to go and read the original story.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes, Love's Sacred Song, and Love in a Broken Vessel. Winner of the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award for New Author, she has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture, bringing the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington. Learn more at www.mesuandrews.com.



Thank you to the Revell Blog Tour program, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

2 comments:

Mesu Andrews said...

Hi Kate!
Thanks so much for reading and reviewing ITSOJ! I so appreciate your participation in Revell's blog tour and your passion to the latest Christian fiction releases with your followers.

You're a blessing, gal!
In His Arms With You,
Mesu

Kate said...

Hi Mesu!
Thank you so much for writing such wonderful stories! It was a delight to read ITSOJ! Thank you for all the hard work you put into your books!