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Orphan Ishma is desolate until the prophet Isaiah becomes her adoptive father and King Hezekiah makes her his queen. But when the Assyrians besiege Jerusalem, Hezekiah is stricken by a fatal illness and she remains childless. Will Yahweh deliver their nation, heal her husband, and give her the son her heart desires?
Number of Pages: 400
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name--Zibah, delight of the Lord--thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah's lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah's favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.
"Andrews (The Pharaohs Daughter) offers her unique brand of in-depth Bible knowledge and storytelling flair ... [she] is gifted at bringing the past to life..." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Cathy Gohlke, Christy Awardwinning author of Until We Find Home
"Mesu Andrews brings the prophet Isaiah to life with her usual brilliance at weaving deep historical threads together with the story of a little-known woman of the Bible. Isaiahs Daughter is an excellent reminder that the truth of Gods words will be proven, even when His people cannot see through the veil of suffering to the ultimate victory."
Connilyn Cossette, CBA best-selling author of the Out from Egypt series
"Epic drama, adventure, love, treacheryIsaiahs Daughter is all of that and more in this latest stellar novel by Mesu Andrews. The author brings to life Judahs queen, the lovely Hephzibah, infusing each page with heart-stopping emotion and a pure romantic love for her friend and king, Hezekiah, that touched my soul. When I finished reading, I could only marvel at the novels depth and breadth and how Andrews portrayed this daughter of a prophet rising to the greatness of Gods promise, resilient in a time of disobedience. Keeping faith with Yahweh amid war and death and pestilence might be the only means to survive. A thoroughly catch-your-breath kind of experience in an impressive body of work, Isaiahs Daughter is a story fans of biblical fiction will love!"
Kate Breslin, award-winning author of For Such a Time
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Prepare to be transported and inspired...January 27, 2018TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Biblical fiction is a genre that has really grown on me over the years. I'm still a little wary, I guess, of trying new authors but Mesu Andrews is one that I know and trust. Her compelling characters, her truly exquisite attention to detail, and her way of bringing the Holy Land and the Bible to life without compromising Biblical fact, are just amazing.
To be honest, when I started Isaiah's Daughter I really didn't remember having heard of Hephzibah before. I remembered reading about King Hezekiah asking God, and receiving, 15 more years to live, and having read the book of Isaiah, but that was it. Needless to say, reading this novel has caused me to want to dive back into the Old Testament to see what else I might have missed, as well as find out more about the historical and archaeological evidence.
Like the Bible, Isaiah's Daughter was sometimes hard to read. Not because it was dry and dull but because of the evil things, and the consequences of them, done by those who knew better. I was so emotionally engaged in the story that my heart hurt for these people, even though they were actually fictional and fictionalized characters.
If you are looking for a beautiful, sometimes heart-wrenching, story. The story of a girl who, like we all do, longs to be valuable, to be truly loved. This is the book for you. As you turn that last page you will be simply amazed, and blessed, by Mesu Andrews's superb storytelling and by her very message itself.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Another amazing biblical historical fiction that sizzles with actionJanuary 25, 2018GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Talented award winning storyweaver Mesu Andrews paints a vivid picture with words of ancient life, choosing a handful of the major players in a story from Second Kings, a book in the Old Testament, and puts faces to them, gives them a voice, and personalities we grow to love or dislike, whichever is appropriate at the moment. It is then that we discover how very alike we are in spite of cultures that are nearly three thousand years apart. Our faith journeys are the same.
Ms. Andrews honestly portraying the horrors of living in fear of marauding neighboring nations, man-made customs created to appease non-existent gods, the consequences of falling away from the Torah (Scriptures we know of today as the Bible), and the rewards of trusting the real God of creation.
One of my favorite features of this book is the love story between young Prince Hezekiah and a resident of Isaiah's household, Ishma. Because Isaiah was a cousin to the king, they lived near the palace and saw each other often. Prince Hezekiah lived in the shadow of his wicked father, King Ahaz. The prophet Isaiah was the royal household's tutor. He made sure they were instructed in the Lord's ways in hopes of restoring the nation to the days when David was king. Eventually, Isaiah and the prince realized how sharp Ishma was, so they broke tradition and included her in their tutoring sessions. She became Hezekiah's intellectual companion; they challenged each other continually. All the while, Isaiah was preparing Hezekiah to become the nation's next king. Would Hezekiah follow his father, or go back to the ways of King David?
A second feature I loved is how the author portrays the biblical characters as human, flawed, sometimes faced with the enormity of the responsibility they faced for so many human lives. Decision were sweated over. Hezekiah sometimes second guessed his decisions. He made mistakes in judgment. He allowed others to sway his decisions. Even Isaiah, as God's prophet, admitted he did not always understand what God told him.
Overall, this was an exciting, action-packed historical fiction that sought to balance out the fiction and the facts of a familiar to some Bible story. I admire the author's hard work and ability to bring together this story spread out over several books of the Old Testament. She did a remarkable amount of research and to a reader who enjoys biblical historical fiction as well as other types of historical fiction, the story rings true. I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Blogging for Books on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Kate-booklover5 Stars Out Of 5The characters come alive!January 24, 2018Kate-bookloverQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I seldom give a book 5 stars, but "Isaiah's Daughter" by Mesu Andrews deserves every one. Thoroughly researched, skillfully plotted, and tenderly told, the lifelike characters become real people whose trials and triumphs made me both laugh and cry. One thread that shone like gold, was the faithfulness of God for his people and for the little orphan girl who became the "delight of the Lord". It made me long to draw closer to him so that I, too, can claim that title.
Ms. Andrews writing never fails to entertain and inspire, and this book is her best one yet. If you haven't tried Biblical Fiction before, there is no better place to start.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Mommynificent5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent and thought-provokingJanuary 23, 2018MommynificentQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As I've noted in my previous reviews of this author, Biblical fiction by Mesu Andrews never fails to send me running for my Bible to find the details she has brought to life! Half the time, I'm thinking, "She must have made that up!" only to find it right there in my Bible in black and white! That experience is probably my favorite thing about reading Andrews' books!
This book was unique for me in that I still wasn't sure whether or not I liked it even when I was more than halfway through it! I didn't not like it or want to stop reading, but the first half sure is full of a lot of suffering! Some of the connections felt a little far-fetched, and I didn't agree with some of the ways prophecy was being handled by the characters. I also wasn't appreciating the intentional switches from 1st to 3rd person between chapters. While I never did come to appreciate the use of 1st person in this book, the second half was so good that by the end, I didn't really care. I closed the book thinking what a great book it had been and feeling so very encouraged at the sovereignty of God!
I loved the way Andrews wove the theme of birds throughout the book; it was lovely and very nicely executed. I also appreciated the way the characters in the book grew in the ways they handled and attempted to interpret prophecy. Walking with them through this book really made me think about prophecy and how God wants us to read and apply them. While I don't necessarily agree with all the theology and ideas stated in this book, I realized that's not really the point. The point was to make us really think about it and to help us imagine what it was like to be there as the prophecies were being given and to see that those living at that time faced many of the same challenges in interpretation that we do today.
If you enjoy Biblical or historical fiction at all, I think you will really enjoy this book. I definitely found it to be very worth the read.
I received this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Faith Ruotolo5 Stars Out Of 5Isaiah's Daughter is a must readJanuary 22, 2018Faith RuotoloQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Songs are written of sons, but daughters are left to whisper. So gather near friend, to hear of a daughter beyond imagining".... Mesu Andrews
What a way to pull the reader in! These are the beginning words in the book Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews, which I had the utmost pleasure of being able to read an ARC. It has always been a joy to read Mesu's books, and this one is no exception. Her attention to detail of times long past and her dedication to the research that goes into her books, amazes me.
Isaiah's Daughter is a biblical fiction book that is set around the time of 732 b.c. where Judah and the surrounding nations are in turmoil. the nations and most of the people have turned against God. Idol worshiping, sacrifices to pagan gods, desecration of Yahweh's temple and altars, and the building up of pagan altars is accepted. There are still ones who believe in God's word, a little orphan girl named Ishma, who is renamed Hephzibah(Zibah) by her adopted father Isaiah, a young boy Hezekiah(Hezi), who's father is King Ahaz(a wicked king in the eyes of God), and the prophet Isaiah(prophet to King Ahaz and then his son), just to name a few.
We travel with Zibah and Hezi from their traumatic childhood, to them becoming best friends, falling in love, getting married and becoming King and Queen. We are right there with them as they go through happiness and sadness, terror and pain, love and joy, doubts of God, themselves and each other, and eventually finding their place with God, one another and themselves.
There is a quote in the book that I really took to heart, it's during the time where Hezi is away working with the people of Judah, his promise to his father that he would do this until his father death(read the book to find out the reason why) and he sees a rider coming and he knows his father is no more. His first thought is Zibah. He prays to Yahweh, El Shaddai, El Roi, " I have trusted You, Yahweh, to tend her love of me as the Master Gardener would tend His prize vineyard. Please, let the harvest come." Wow!! How powerful. What love, just like the love the Master Gardener has for us!!
If you love biblical fiction, historical fiction, fiction, or whatever you love to read, Isaiah's Daughter will capture your attention. Do yourself a favor and just take the time, go out or go online and buy a copy, I truly think you will find yourself captive and you just might find yourself wanting to read a whole new book genre.
Disclaimer: I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest review. The opinions in this review are completely my own honest opinions.