In a kingdom controlled by cruel and manipulative women, one princess will discover the power of truth and love.
Trained as a priestess in the temple of Baal, Princess Jehosheba strives to please the demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel. 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 far beyond the realm of earthly governments.
Forced to marry Yahweh’s high priest in order to further Athaliah and Jezebel’s power plays, Jehosheba 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?
“Don’t ever forget that you are alive at my pleasure and for my purpose.”
Queen Athaliah of Judah was definitely her mother’s daughter. She stopped at nothing to achieve her aims, even going so far as to kill her daughters-in-law and their children. Her father Ahab was the king of Israel; her husband Jehoram was a descendent of King David. When men are weak, however, they are easily influenced. Both kings did what was “evil in the sight of the Lord,” by worshiping the gods of their wives. God struck them down, but Jezebel and Athaliah didn’t heed the warnings and both came to nasty ends. In amongst the Biblical record of evil, however, there was a small passage about King Jehoram’s daughter, Jehosheba, rescuing her nephew from his grandmother’s rage and hiding him in the Temple, where he was raised by Jehosheba and her husband, the high priest Jehoiada. How did it happen that a Ba’al worshiper married a man of God? Why did she rescue this one baby?
These are the questions that Mesu Andrews has answered in her latest release, In the Shadow of Jezebel. Andrews has a way of bringing the Old Testament to life in her books by way of vivid descriptions and intriguing plots. Here we have a story of a young woman who has been abused by those she should’ve been able to trust. We get to see how she develops the courage to face down evil while relying on the strength of the Lord to see her through. Athaliah and her priest, Mattan, will make your skin crawl, but Jehoiada’s love will make you sing. As with her previous book, Love in a Broken Vessel, Andrews doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of Ba’al worship. There are descriptions of the rituals, but they aren’t graphic. There are deaths, but they are only reported and not described.
Mesu Andrews is currently writing about Pharaoh’s Daughter, the woman who rescued Moses. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with, but the finished book probably won’t be released until this time next year.
Thank you to Revell for my complimentary copy of In the Shadow of Jezebel, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing Group)
Publication Date: 04 March 2014
Page Count: 416