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?
With deft skill, Mesu Andrews brings the Old Testament to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.
Mesu Andrew’s new release In the Shadow of Jezebel takes readers behind the veil of royal intrigue and deceit in the courts and temples of Israel and Judah. Jehosheba has been under the influence and tutelage of master manipulator Queen Athalia and the high priests of Baal. Marked with physical and emotional scars, her life has been contained to the power vacuum of warring relatives, rebelling factions and devious spiritual advisers. The destiny she is expected to fulfill is a life dedicated body and soul to idolatrous ritual and pagan sacrifice as a high priestess to Baal. A providential decision to use her as a pawn to unite the House of David with Yahweh’s High Priest sees her married to the righteous and benevolent Jehoidah. What her parents intended for selfish gain, Yahweh destined for redemption and freedom.
From the hallowed rooms of Yahweh’s temple to the duplicitous shadows of the palace, In the Shadow of Jezebel unfurls the complex and nuanced world of Old Testament history and personas. With infinite care and attention to vivd detail, Mesu Andrews pens an emotionally poignant and faith affirming tale that is respectful and true the biblical narrative. Her eloquent prose reaffirms her position as a s premiere voice in the biblical fiction genre. A captivating read that left me burning the midnight oil for just one more page.
**Disclosure: Review copy provided by publisher via Graf-Martin Publicity.**