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Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)|
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Against all odds Makeda, daughter of an obscure African chieftain, is chosen as Queen of all Sheba. Recognizing her own inexperience, yet desperately wanting to address Sheba's appalling social injustice, she is persuaded by her cousin Tamrin, wealthy merchant and narrator of the novel, to visit Solomon, King of Israel, to fi nd out about how he governs his kingdom. She is hugely impressed by Israel's prosperity, by the wisdom and integrity with which Solomon rules, by the Hebrew religion, which she decides to adopt as her own, and by the justice for all that she determines to copy.
However Solomon, who is trapped in a childless and loveless dynastic marriage with Pharaoh's daughter, allows himself to fall in love with the beautiful and intelligent African. He eventually tricks her into sleeping with him, and on the return journey to Sheba she discovers that she is pregnant.
Th e son to whom she gives birth grows up in the court of Sheba, and eventually travels to Israel with Tamrin, to meet his father. But Solomon is a broken man, having put his doomed love for Makeda and need for an heir before his relationship with God. He has taken hundreds of wives and concubines in a fruitless attempt to recapture the love which he and Makeda shared. And Israel is no longer the nation of his youth . . .
When the leader of the nation of God is apostate, where will the blessing fall?
Sandi Rice5 Stars Out Of 5The Last Queen of ShebaMarch 21, 2016Sandi RiceQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5A fun read that has lots of historical facts mingled in with the story. Makes the reader feel that they are actually a part of that period of time. A great way to spend my evening hours.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5goodJune 21, 2015ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is almost like two stories in one book. The first half is about the Queen of Sheba. The second half is more about her son and what happens to him. I enjoyed this story. I received this book from the Book Club Network for a fair and honest opinion.
CarolLebanon, PAAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Jill F Hudson's The Last Queen of ShebaApril 7, 2015CarolLebanon, PAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4What an intriguing and interesting read!!! The authors research
was impeccable. Just remember this is historical fiction which
means the author may take liberties within the story.
The history presented in the story portrays the way of life
during the 8th century. The story shows us how people lived
in that time period throughout Ethiopia in addition to Israel.
The political views of the houses ruling each nation is described
in detail plus the traditions, landscape of each nation and the
The story is narrated by Tamrin, the Merchant who besides
being well traveled and very rich is also the uncle of Makeda.
Makeda is 16 years old and crippled but becomes she becomes
the reigning Queen of Sheba due to her fathers aptitude in the
Makedas leadership abilities along with her compassion make
her a strong leader not just the face for the men usually ruling
behind the prior queens.
Her Uncle Tamerin encourages Makeda to learn to rule like the
wise Solomon of Israel. Makeda set out on a journey to meet
and visit with Solomon.
What will happen at this meeting? Will this make Makeda wiser
in how she rules her own country? How will Makeda &
Solomon interact with each other? Will they influence each other?
The characters are very engaging, well defined and very realistic.
The secondary characters are each colorful their own way
adding to the flavor of the story.
The ending of the book provides references on the historical
facts within the story.
A very good historical fiction read. I always wanted to ride a
camel never factoring in the slow rate of travel from one
destination to another plus the absence of air conditioning for
Thank you to book fun.org for this Book. My opinion is my own.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5a must readMarch 6, 2015lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The tale of Sheba and her queens is told from the sole point of view of Tamrin the Merchant. Tamrins character sheds light on the inner workings of government in Sheba and Jerusalem. The Last Queen of Sheba is a work of fiction as there arent many Biblical or extraneous writings giving knowledge of those who ruled in a place so unlike any I studied.
At the end of book, the author shares where readers can learn about the past and other sources used in preparation for writing. The list of sources though could be better expounded upon including any websites available for readers desiring more historical information. The tale itself is enthralling even though there are a few cuss words used in the book. There are those instances of cussing that I wonder if so far back mankind spoke such words or if there were other ways of expressing disgust.
I really enjoyed seeing the positive and negative of Solomon written in the book to show all the more the glory of God and our need of Him. It was heartbreaking to see the disaster that pantheism and idolatry befell Israel after Solomons reign. The length and hardship of traveling back in those times is breathtaking as well as the danger caravans faced due to wild beasts or bandits.
Before readers enter the world of fiction it might be best to read the authors notes in the back along with the Bible references in order to distinguish fact from fiction. Shining brightest in the novel is the sovereignty of God along with His desire to make Himself to known to all who seek Him with all their hearts.
jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Last Queen of ShebaJanuary 7, 2015jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Last Queen of Sheba by Jill Francis Hudson is a highly interesting and plausible account of the relationship between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Ms. Hudson based her fictional story on several sources, including the Bible in which very little is written. The Queen of Sheba appears very briefly in the Old Testament, and the Bible just says that she came to question Solomon because she had heard of his fame. If the reader can keep an open mind and be receptive to the authors blending of various thoughts and speculations about the encounter between Solomon and Sheba and the outcome of it, the story will be a very enjoyable and entertaining one. The authors historical note at the end is informative about beliefs, thought, and culture. The discussion of the Ark of the Covenant and the mention of the Queen of Sheba in the New Testament (Matt. 12:43 and Luke 11:31) shows her regard as a famous penitent.
The major characters, as well as the supporting characters, are depicted well. Makeda (later Queen of Sheba) has a rare beauty, though flawed by lameness in one leg. She is highly intelligent, inquisitive, and sympathetic toward all people of her nation. Her fondness for her uncle and close relationship with him is very endearing. Her uncle, Tamrin, is a respected merchant whose counsel is sought and whose friendship Solomon esteems, even before he meets Makeda. Solomon is portrayed as a wise man whose discouragement leads him to act on his own, not to wait upon God. A cast of minor characters also lend interest and entertainment.
The Queen of Sheba has long fascinated people, and the story of her meeting with Solomon has drawn much speculation and interest. Readers will enjoy this fictional account of these two great leaders of the ancient world. I recommend this book and the historical notes at the end. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.