About: All he wanted was his father’s approval
Chileab is born to privilege as the second-born of King David, but he still feels like an outcast. His crooked foot make it hard for him to do anything and although he enjoys being an advisor for his abba, he never feels like King David approves of him.
Born with unnaturally light hair, Rina loves helping her mother heal people around their small village. One day, her life is turned upside down when she is kidnapped by two Amalekites bent on using her for her healing powers to make them rich.
When Chileab hears of the little girl who had been kidnapped, he goes off to find her, even though five years have passed. He makes his way into the desert by himself. Can he find Rina? Will he learn that Adonai’s approval is all he needs? Will he learn to rely on more than just himself?
A Rapunzel reimagining set during the time of King David
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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.
Genre: Suspense, Biblical fiction, romance, and Christian fiction.
My Rating: 4 and 1/2 stars.
My Recommendation: Anyone who enjoys historical or biblical fiction.
My favorite character/s: I liked each of the characters and enjoyed the main characters POV, but I’m not sure I have a favorite character since I liked them all though if I had to pick one favorite it would likely be Rina since she went through so much.
My Verse for Rina is Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. (King James Version.)
Chileab was also a very interesting character!
My Thoughts: I don’t care for Biblical fiction since there are often mistakes made with characters age/traditions, and such that I lose all enjoyment of Biblical fiction but when I tried Faith Blum’s stories that are set during Bible times I fell in love! I haven’t read the first book in the series but I can say that the second and third have been wonderful stories. If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings or Biblical fiction you should definitely check out this book!
I received this book in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it — all thoughts as my own.
“I know you don’t want me to go,” Chileab said, “but I want to help someone. I need to do something worthwhile.”
Abigail’s smile faded, but she nodded. “I know you think that. It is dangerous out there, though.”
“Ema, I am a grown man. I know this journey will be dangerous, but there is little for me here.”
Abigail pulled him into a tight hug. “You are an advisor to your father. And you will always have me.”
“I know, Ema, and I appreciate that, but helping the king is more frustrating than anything else. I need more than that. I need to do something. I can’t go with Abba into battle and my brothers refuse to be around me. This is something I need to do alone and at my own pace.”
“Alone? Can’t you bring someone with you?”
Abigail looked up at him with pleading eyes. “Why not?”
Chileab pulled away from her and paced around the room. “I don’t want anyone rushing me to do things or telling me to go faster or anything like that. I need to do it alone.”
He faced her. “Ema, please don’t argue. I know it is safer with more people, but when I’m one of those people, all I do is slow them down. Even if they say it is okay to go slow, I know they chafe against it.”
“No, they don’t.”
Chileab smiled and reached down to touch her shoulders. “Ema, they may think they don’t or say they don’t, but I can tell that they do. There is no need to protect me from it. I have known it all my life.”
Abigail leaned her head on his chest. “I wish I could have shielded you from it more.”
“You did everything you could, Ema. I couldn’t have asked for more. Will you help me prepare to leave?”
“Yes, of course.”
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