Arielah has loved Solomon since she was seven years old and first saw him in Jerusalem. Since that time, she has known that her fate would somehow be tied to the young king. Now, wanting to subdue the unrest among the northern tribes, Solomon promises Arielah's father that he will marry her in the hopes of uniting the kingdom. Can this simple shepherd girl rise above the harem and win the heart of a man living in a time of great unrest? VERDICT Andrews breathes life into her characters, portraying Solomon, who was known to have over 700 wives and 300 concubines, as a very human man whose love for one woman stands above all others. Recommended to readers who enjoy biblical retellings that focus on male/female relationships, such as those of Jill Eileen Smith and Francine Rivers.[Page 73]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.