Book: Jerusalem’s Queen
Author: Angela Hunt (New York Times best selling author)
Genre: Biblical fiction
Publisher: Bethany House
About the book:
Born in the small village of Modein, a place made famous by the warrior Maccabees, Salome Alexandra knows better than to harbor grand dreams for her future. She pales in comparison to her beautiful older sister, and though she learns to read at an early age, girls are not valued for their intellectual beauty. However, when her father and sister are killed, John Hyrcanus, a distant relative, invited Salome and her mother to live with his family in Jerusalem, where her thirst for knowledge is noticed and indulged.
When her guardian betroths her to a pagan prince, she questions HaShem’s plan. When Hyrcanus finally marries her to a boy half her age, she questions her guardian’s sanity. Though Salome Alexandra spends most of her life as a prawn ordered about by powerful men, she learns that a woman committed to HaShem can change the world.
I feel like the genre doesn’t do this book justice. Yes, it is biblical fiction but reading through the book it was so much more than that! This book was unlike any other book of biblical fiction I have ever read. The storyline was thick with history; at times it almost felt like I was studying a history, and in a really good way! The way it was portrayed and described would make it interesting to anyone, even people not particularly interested in history. It’s just extremely obvious there has gone MUCH research into the writing of this book, which makes it so rich and so beautiful to read and so hard to put down.
Another thing that stood out to me was the fact that the point of view was being switched from the Queen’s to the handmaid’s in alternating chapters. It was fascinating to understand both sides of the story.
As much as I enjoyed the richness of history in this book, I also feel like it caused me to take longer than usual to read this book. So if you’re in a resolution to read a certain number of books per month, you might wanna give yourself a little bit of extra time for this one. If you’re a person that reads a lot, this one might not be a problem for you either but it’d still be a good book to take it slower.
Do I recommend this book? Yes, yes I do. A hundred percent.
A quick review on the cover: I absolutely love it. Among the list of books I was offered this one stood out to me. I have an eye for design and graphics and I think it’s gorgeous. I love how the focus is on the face only, that even the hair and headpiece are blurred. It’s the perfect effect, even better than the classic bokeh effect would have been. The face looks Egyptian to me though, but that’s irrelevant 😉
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”