Thursday, September 26, 2019
Haven of Rest
Adah felt neglected. Her father didn’t spend time with her and her brother was even worse. She had to do something. All her previous plans had failed, but she couldn’t slip up this time. Her father was King David, author of many songs, so a concert involving twelve of his daughters had to get his attention, right?
As the planning goes on, Adah’s discontentment grows. She throws herself into the work to try to cover up the feeling, but it keeps edging its way in. Can Adah learn to rest in Adonai and His plans for her life no matter what happens?
Inspired by The 12 Dancing Princesses fairy tale
My thoughts: This is a fascinating story that really brings the Bible to life! I enjoyed stepping into Adah's world with reading this novella, since it felt like I was back in the Biblical time of King David with how rich the historical details were. I really enjoyed that aspect of the story, since sometimes it is hard to me to really visualize Biblical settings. I felt like this story brought to life what it could of been like to be a child of King David's, with how crowded his palace must of been and how hard it would feel to have a relationship with him when he had so many wives, concubines, and children, on top of his duties to the kingdom. Faith does an excellent job with Adah's character and the lessons she learns along the way with this story. I look forward to reading more by her!
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.
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About the Author:
Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She has independently published over 25 books in over five years. Most of her books are Christian Historical Fiction with an emphasis on Westerns. During an eBook sale, she was #1 in Christian Westerns and Christian Western Anthologies on Amazon. During that sale, she sold over 3,000 copies.
Faith currently resides in Central Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies, doing dishes, knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website:https://faithblum.com.
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The Haven of Rest was inspired by a friend. I wanted another fairy tale to retelling for my series, but had run out of ideas and she mentioned the 12 Dancing Princesses and how they 12 girls could be 12 daughters of King David. It took a little while, but the idea soon grew into this story.
I do take liberties throughout the story. It is a Biblical Fiction story, and I tried hard to keep to those roots and keep it accurate throughout, including for the betrothals and weddings. However, a few liberties I took were:
Giving King David more daughters than are mentioned. I did have Tamar be one of the daughters.
Creating a backstory for Amnon’s obsession with Tamar.
Showing that King David was a flawed man who was not a good father. Although this isn’t stated outright in the Bible, it is definitely implied by the rebellion three of his sons showed and his lax discipline of Amnon after his rape of Tamar.
The other liberty I took is a spoiler for the end of the book, so you will have to read the book to find out what that was. I do explain my reasoning of that one in the Historical Note at the end of the book.
I really enjoyed writing this story and hope you enjoy reading it!
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