About the Book
Book: Haven of Rest
Author: Faith Blum
Genre: Biblical fiction
Release Date: July 26, 2019
Adah was neglected by her abba and her brother. She must do something. All her previous plans have failed, but she won’t slip up this time. Since her abba is King David, author of many songs, what better way to gain his attention than pulling off a concert featuring twelve of his daughters?
As she plans, Adah’s discontentment grows. She throws herself into the work but worry edges into her heart anyway. Can Adah learn to rest in Adonai as her father? Will she learn contentment in all things?
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My ReviewSo, I felt really transported to the time of King David, and really had a mental picture of the customs, the area, and the royal family. I think it was really creative of the author to show us what the daughter of a king's life would look like and what challenges they would possible face (especially considering women at this time weren't really given the opportunity to do as much). I feel like the author made Adah very relatable understanding the need for a father's love and attention, and I'm sure that in real life this could have been an issue for David's children. I felt the theme of faith in God in the midst of uncertainty and a time when women had little say so over their lives was certainly relevant then and now, and I enjoyed our heroine's faith journey. The book is a short read, more like a novella in my opinion. The flow is ok, but not quite where I wish it would be, and the action comes in kind of a little bit of awkward spurts. I think this book shows a lot of a promise for this author, and I enjoyed her attention to historical detail especially mixing real Bible characters with fictional. Perhaps this one for those looking for a shorter read, historical read, or inspirational read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own.
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.
More from FaithThe 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.
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