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Mar 1, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop - In the Shadow of Jezebel!

I'm so thrilled to be part of a brand new adventure! One of my favorite author's, Mesu Andrews, has put together a group of BFFs - Biblical Fiction Fans and I get to be part of it! As part of the group we were provided with a pre-release copy of her newest book, In the Shadow of Jezebel which is being released TODAY!  Keep reading for more fun details . . .

We are having a scavenger hunt! Wanna play? Read the rules and then jump right in!
Somewhere in my review below, there is a single word that is in BOLD AND ALL CAPITALS. Write it down. Then, go to the other stops to find more hidden words. Once you have all the words, unscramble them to find a verse from the Scriptures. You can enter it into the Rafflecopter on any of the stops to have a chance to win a great prize from Mesu herself!
In the Shadow of Jezebel Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop March 1-4

About the Book

Title: In the Shadow of Jezebel
Author: Mesu Andrews
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Revell
Print Length: 417 pages
Summary (Amazon):
Princess Jehosheba wants nothing more than to please the harsh and demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of the notorious Queen Jezebel. Her work as a priestess in the temple of Baal seems to do the trick. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach beyond the realm of earthly governments. To further Athaliah and Jezebel's strategies, she is forced to marry Yahweh's high priest and enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh's temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family--and the nation--she loves? With deft skill, Mesu Andrews brings Old Testament passages to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.


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My Review of this Book

Biblical fiction at it's absolute best!  In the Shadow of Jezebel takes an often overlooked portion of Scripture, in the time of the split kingdoms of Israel and Judah, and weaves a compelling story of intrigue, action and even romance!

Mesu Andrews's books are lovingly researched and always lead me back to read the Biblical account.  I always end up asking myself, "how did I miss that?"  The daughter of the weak King of Judah (who's queen is Athaliah daughter of Israel's Queen Jezebel) married to Yahweh's high priest? Yet, among all the pagan rituals and idol worship of the day, God works His divine purpose, preserving a nation and a people, through unlikely means.

Mesu's amazing storytelling ability IS perfectly showcased in this story helping us to understand the characters and visualize the settings.  I was fascinated by glimpses of the wicked queens Jezebel Athalial. I sympathized with the fear and uncertainty of Princess Jehosheba and routed for her to accept the love of God and her high priest husband!  I was captivated by this story of redemption and love! 
I highly recommend this beautiful book. It's a page-turner you won't want to end!

The Buzz - Praise for Mesu Andrews' Biblical Fiction

"Mesu Andrews has pieced together Scripture's truths with historical supposition through her masterful, research-based writing and captured the spiritual climate of those ancient days."--CBA Retailers+Resources on Love in a Broken Vessel "Andrews weaves a beautiful tale and takes readers to an ancient Jerusalem rich with history and customs and a culture that struggles to follow the one true God."--RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, on Love's Sacred Song

About The Author

Author Mesu AndrewsMesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes, Love's Sacred Song, and Love in a Broken Vessel. Winner of the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award for New Author, she has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture, bringing the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.

Mesu's Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

Stops on the Scavenger Hunt

Got all your clues? Enter the giveaway here!

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  1. I loved this book too! Thanks for sharing your review and for being a part of the scavenger hunt!

  2. Good review, Julie. I agree, this book sent me back to the Bible. I loved the character Zabad, son of an Ammorite mother and Levite father, who didn't feel worthy to serve as chief gatekeeper of the temple, and went to see if he was in the pages of scripture. Turns out Zabad is listed as fictional in Mesu's character list, but I wouldn't be surprised if God introduces him to us when we get up to heaven, and says, "Yep, Mesu had it right, and here he is…but Zabad didn't feel worthy to be in the pages of the Bible." :)

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