If there’s one thing I learned from reading In the Shadow of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews, it’s that historical accuracy is extremely important and historical research is evident in Andrews’ work. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate that, especially when dealing with biblical history. In this novel, Andrews takes you deep into the world of the Old Testament, following those faithful to Yahweh and those who worshipped Baal.
This was my first read of Mesu Andrews and she has a gift with words, keeping the story flowing naturally and keeping the reader intrigued.
Princess Jehosheba wants nothing more than to please the harsh and demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of the notorious Queen Jezebel. Her work as a priestess in the temple of Baal seems to do the trick. 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 beyond the realm of earthly governments. To further Athaliah and Jezebel’s strategies, she is forced to marry Yahweh’s high priest and 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 Old Testament passages to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.
As I mentioned, I really liked the historical details, the characters and storyline. Andrews stays true to scripture, so you get the happy, the sad and those who were the definition of evil. Oh and definitely a deeper appreciation for the Old Testament.
There was one thing that was a bit of an adjustment for me: The age difference between Sheba and Jehoiada. Things were done vastly different back then and I definitely understand that. Marriages were arranged and treaties made. Plus life span was different. But I couldn’t help myself, I kept trying to calculate how many years apart they were in the beginning of the book. 🙂 While the book never says the exact age gap, I knew it was significant. And I couldn’t help but think danngggggg. I’m all about honesty internet. (Mesu Andrews discusses this a bit at the end, which I found helpful.)
Did that ruin the book? No, it was simply an adjustment I needed to make mentally while reading it. Plus I appreciate Andrews sticking to scripture. That’s more important to me!
If you enjoy the history around Old Testament royalty days, then you’ll enjoy this story that brings characters, both good and bad, alive from the pages of scripture.
Have you read Mesu Andrews before? What’s your favorite? Be sure to check out the giveaway too! You can find out more here!
(Thank you Revell books for the free copy in exchange for my honest review and taking part of the book tour!)