The Heart of a King
King Solomon was wealthy and wise beyond measure. He could--and did--have anything he wanted, including many women from many lands. But for all his wisdom, did he or the women in his life ever find what they searched for all of their lives?
In this engrossing novel, you'll find yourself whisked away to ancient Israel, where you'll meet Solomon and four of the women he loved: Naamah the desert princess, Abishag the shepherdess, Siti the daughter of a pharaoh, and Nicaula the queen of Sheba. As you experience the world of Solomon through his eyes and the eyes of these women, you'll ask yourself the ultimate question: Did Solomon's wisdom ultimately benefit him and those he loved . . . or did it betray them?
"SENSUALITY AND BEAUTY OF THE ANCIENT CULTURE"
In Smith's (Redeeming Grace, 2017) episodic reimagining of the lives of four of the seven hundred wives of the legendary biblical King Solomon, readers meet the young woman who married him in youth, the widow of his father whom he wed to cement his ascendancy to the throne of Jerusalem, the Egyptian princess who brought her feline god with her to the Hebrew kingdom, and the queen of Sheba, who married him as his equal. The other wives and concubines are mentioned but not introduced, and only a few of his children are named. Smith uses poetic intervals to infuse the narrative with the sensuality and beauty of the ancient culture.
— Booklist (Diana Tixier Herald, reviewer)
“TUG(S) AT THE HEART”
How did the world’s wisest man eventually succumb to making unwise choices? In The Heart of a King, Jill Eileen Smith reimagines the life of King Solomon through his love for four different women. Transporting readers to ancient Israel, Smith writes with historical and cultural insight as she captures the rise and fall of Solomon, a man given a great gift by God, but one that cost him greatly when he failed to remember the Giver of that gift. The Heart of a King will tug at the heart of all who have searched for fulfillment and meaning apart from God.
How this book helps readers: The Heart of a King is a captivating novel that follows Israel’s wisest king through his struggles with the desire for more.
— Christian Retail Association
“RICH IN HISTORICAL DETAIL…CAPTIVATING”
“Everything is meaningless, like chasing the wind—familiar words from the Bible and appropriate words from the prelude of this novel about the tumultuos love life of King Solomon from Smith. (“The Wives of King David” series). Initially, the soon-to-be-crowned son of King David is interested only in achieving power, though his mother Bathsheba brings marriagable young ladies to tempt Solomon. His father was a man of war, and Solomon determines to be a king of peace, a decision that results in numerous arranged marriages with foreign alliances. Four of his numerous love interests are profiled in this novel with multiple narrators. Naamah, daughter of the ambassador of Ammon, favored by Bathsheba, becomes the first of many wives, followed by Abishag, believed to be the Shulammite woman profiled in Song of Solomon, and several other wives. Solomon, driven by his own lust for love and power, is known as the wisest man in the world but leaves devastation in his wake as he searches for personal fulfillment.
VERDICT Rich in historical detail and well researched, this captivating tale of David’s son and his quest for happiness and purpose is sure to interest fans of Christian historical and biblical fiction.
— Library Journal (Julia M. Reffner, Reviewer)