Love’s Sacred Song by Mesu Andrews
New Treasures of Love from Old Testament Tales, #2
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction (Biblical)
Old Testament – Middle East
Pages: 448 Trade Paperback
Date Published: March 2012
Publisher: Revell Books
Wisdom came as God’s gift, but sacred love was forged through passion’s fire
Standing in the shadow of his famous father, young King Solomon wavers between fear and bravado, longing for a love that is true and pure–a love that can be his cornerstone.
A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah has known since she first laid eyes on Solomon that it was her destiny to become his bride. When her father secures a promise from Solomon to marry Arielah as a treaty bride to help unite the kingdom, it seems her dreams will 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 from a master storyteller.
At the beginning of the week you may have seen the flyer posted about this book. Could the book cover get any more yummy? Now if you had a Bible cover like this, wouldn’t you want to jump in and read about these characters/people and try to understand their emotions and the events surrounding them? I would! Sometimes reading your Bible is hard and you need a bit of a jump start on your imagination. That is what you find in these Biblical Fiction books from Mesu. She uses scripture as a baseline and then adds possible fiction to the storytelling to bring the names to life and gives them form and face in imagination. It causes you to want to go back and delve more. Read more about abba David from the sheep field to the harp in the courtyard to the pain in treachery and then the death bed. To Solomon’s encounter with God and to the events in his kingdom.
If you know me and my opinion and thirst for Christian Historical Fiction you might have heard me mention that my first introduction was through Liz Curtis Higgs and her Scottish Lowlands Series. While her historical novels might be staged in Scotland and hosted in a different century the elements and foundation of a scripture story is there. Now, would you believe me if I told you my heart and curiosity was even moreenraptured by the storytelling’s of the book Song of Songs telling King Solomon, son of the shepherd and poet King David in a novelization from Mesu Andrews?
This book had me by the heart and held on. Our Beloved Arielah captured my sympathy and interest and made me turn the page in the same way that any historical romance from others of my favorite author’s like Mary Connealy, Julie Lessman, or Susan Page Davis and MaryLu Tyndall might force me to do. Yet she did something even more. While it is not entirely surprising for me to explore some related scripture after reading a particular Christian Historical Fiction novel, the storyline from Mesu caused me to venture in and read Song of Songs in its entirety from my Bible without interruption and with a new set of lenses for my eyes. They are not rose colored glasses, but they sure are vivid… and enchanting.
As a reader, one is pulled into the life and times of a Biblical monarch that finds himself a real man enduring such troubles and tasks tobe realistic and interesting. There is romance of course, but it doesn’t stop there as the suspense and drama propels each page forward. In the end it is a fascinating take that just makes me want to crack the spine on my Bible more often.
Well done Mesu! Need I even say it? Highly recommended!
*Thanks to Mesu and Revell for providing a copy for review.*
“Available March 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker
Don’t forget you may want more and to go back and read Dinah’s story in Love Amid the Ashes.
2 In Print & 2 On The Way…
Love in a Broken Vessel (Releases March 2013)
Love’s Saving Light (Releases March 2014)
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Mesu Andrews is the author of Love Amid the Ashes and is an active speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God’s Word, Andrews brings the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.
*Note* Mesu has one of the best author websites I have ever seen!
“Stunning in its depth and scope, Love’s Sacred Song is a story of love and passion, faith and flaws that will haunt you forever. Mesu Andrews crafts characters that will capture your heart with prose that will stir your soul. Masterful.”–Roseanna M. White, author of Jewel of Persia and Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland
Praise for Mesu’s first novel, Love Amid the Ashes:
“Mesu Andrews takes a biblical tale of great tragedy and skillfully weaves beauty and love amid the loss. Job’s story brought vividly to life!”–Jill Eileen Smith, bestselling author of Bathsheba and Michal
“Mesu Andrews has skillfully brought the Old Testament story of Job to life in Love Amid the Ashes. You will be moved to tears. If you enjoy a story that includes a powerful plot, romantic passion, and biblical truth, read this book!”–Carol Kent, speaker and author of Between a Rock and a Grace Place
“Love Amid the Ashes is a beautifully written account of Job’s faithfulness and Dinah’s redemption. Mesu’s passion for storytelling and Scripture shines throughout this novel. Congrats to Mesu for a stirring debut!”–Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of The Black Cloister
“As the book buyer for LifeWay Christian Stores, I know I probably shouldn’t have favorites. Alas . . . I don’t care. My favorite debut novel for this year, hands down, was Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews.”–Rachel McRae, blogger, A Novel Bookshelf: A LifeWay Fiction Community