02 May 2019

The Heart of a King | Book Review


King Solomon was wealthy and wise beyond measure. He could--and did--have anything he wanted, including many women from many lands. But for all his wisdom, did he or the women in his life ever find what they searched for all of their lives?

In this engrossing novel, you'll find yourself whisked away to ancient Israel, where you'll meet Solomon and four of the women he loved: Naamah the desert princess, Abishag the shepherdess, Siti the daughter of a pharaoh, and Nicaula the queen of Sheba. As you experience the world of Solomon through his eyes and the eyes of these women, you'll ask yourself the ultimate question: Did Solomon's wisdom ultimately benefit him and those he loved . . . or did it betray them?

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: April 30, 2019



In The Heart of a King, Jill Eileen Smith imaginatively explores the life of Solomon, king of Israel, lover of many women, and receiver of God’s wisdom. It’s a story rich in history and detail, proving absolutely captivating.

Smith focuses on four women in Solomon’s life: Naamah, Abishag, Siti, and Nicaula. Each woman comes to him with a different background, yet prompts similar questions of whether Solomon is living in accordance with the wisdom granted him. As the story unfolds, all five of these central characters come to life on the page with their strengths, flaws, and emotions, as well as a thought-provoking message, vividly displayed.

I enjoyed this fictional peek into the life of Solomon. Though I would have liked to see a little more of the women throughout the novel, I understand that the accompanying novellas dive deeper into each woman’s perspective—I will most assuredly be reading those soon.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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