A brief summary from Angela Hunt:
Born in the small village of Modein, a town 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 ability. But when her father and sister are killed, John Hyrcanus, a distant relative, invites 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. But though Salome Alexandra spends much of her life as a pawn ordered about by powerful men, she learns that a woman committed to God can change the world.
Wow. Jerusalem’s Queen is so soooo good, ya’ll!! Angela Hunt knows how to bring characters to life, and this story breath history in a well paced, intriguing plot. Having missed the first two books in The Silent Years series, I found that didn’t matter while reading this book.
Bookish, with a thirst for knowledge, Salome Alexandra strives for intellect, fully knowing she is the undesirable daughter in her mother’s eye. But when an unfortunate accident takes both her father and sister, Salome finds herself and her mother moving in with their kinsman redeemer, a distant relative who takes them under his protection. When Salome finally becomes of age, she is told she’ll be betrothed to a pagan prince in order to strengthen ties between two governments. A tie that Salome feels is against God’s wishes for her life. Despite all that is against her, can God use a lowly woman to ignite a change of heart in their land?
I really enjoyed this novel! I’m adding the rest of this series to my TBR list so I can catch up on what happened earlier in the series! 🙂 If you love faith-based, historical novels that feature strong leading woman, well, Jerusalem’s Queen needs to be on your must read list!
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.