What it’s about: Princess Jehosheba is trained as a priestess in the temple of Baal. She does everything she can to please Queen Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel. A mysterious letter from Elijah, now dead, predicts terrible things for the royal family. Sheba (Jehosheba) is forced to marry Yahweh’s high priest and enter Yahweh’s Temple… will her new husband show her unconditional and true love or will she stay true to her upbringing?
My feelings about In the Shadow of Jezebel: I can see the appeal of Mesu Andrew’s writing… descriptive, engaging and yet so informative! You can definitely tell she studies hard and then weaves all of those details into and through the story. I did think the set-up took a while for me to get into. While it was written wonderfully with a lot of supporting details I needed to know later in the book, it felt a little slow for the ‘meat’ of the story. I also got confused with the names, which is not surprising for me. I struggled with the pronunciation of some, and then therefore got a few of them mixed up at time to time throughout. But the actual content of this book just amazing me how someone can take a story from its original content, and take it and write it into such an engaging, fun story to follow!
Mesu grew up with a variegated Christian heritage. With grandparents from the Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, and Wesleyan Churches, her dad was a Quaker and mom charismatic. As you might imagine, God was a central figure in most family discussions, but theology was a battlefield and Scripture the weapon. As a rebellious teenager, Mesu rejected God and His Word, but discovered Jesus as a life-transforming Savior through the changed life of an old friend.
The desire for God’s Word exploded with her new commitment, but devotional time was scarce due to the demands of a young wife and mother. So Mesu scoured the only two theology books available–children’s Bible stories and her Bible. The stories she read to her daughters at night pointed her to the Bible passages she studied all day. She became an avid student of God’s Word, searching historical and cultural settings as well as ancient texts and original languages.
Mesu and her husband Roy have raised those two daughters and are now enjoying grandkids, but Mesu’s love for God’s Word has never waned. She now writes biblical novels, rich with spiritual insight learned through fascinating discoveries in historical research.
Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes (Revell), won the 2012 ECPA Book of the Year in the Debut Author Category. Love’s Sacred Song (Revell), the Song of Solomon story, is available now and received a 4 ½ star rating from RT Reviews. And Love in a Broken Vessel (Revell), the story of Hosea and Gomer, releases in March 2013. A fourth book is scheduled for release in March 2014.
Roy and Mesu live in the Pacific Northwest with their Rottweiler-pitbull named Bouzer, who keeps Mesu company while she writes. Bouzer also enjoys watching movies, long walks by waterfalls, and sitting by the fireplace on rainy Northwest days.
I rate this book 4.5 stars.
I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my honest review.