Reign by Ginger Garrett

Title:  Reign (The Chronicles of Queen Jezabel)
Author:  Ginger Garrett
Pages:  320
Year:  2013
Publisher:  David C. Cook
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org
There are many aspects of Scripture that inspire as well as confound me.  Within the pages of the Bible are the words of God, which include the testimony of lives and times of long ago.  While most people seek to or wish their history could be changed, hidden or erased, the Bible exposes the true heart of mankind.  There is nothing whitewashed in The Book, which leads us to the proof of its authenticity.
Here, Ginger Garrett once again writes an expose of sorts of a woman in Israel’s ancient history in a fictional setting that will capture the reader from the first page!  Israel’s and Judah’s history of Kings shows both those who did right in the eyes of the Lord, while others chose to do evil.  The novel Reign is set in the time of Ahab as Prince, his marriage to Jezebel and the inevitable interactions with the prophet Elijah.  Jezebel knows nothing about Israel’s God.  To her, He is just another “god”.  She serves her idols with the belief that the highest devotion one can give is a life.
Ginger Garrett’s novel gives us an intriguing story with insights into the main character’s heart and her longing to be loved.  Though all attempts to train her in knowing Him are ultimately rejected, Jezebel proves to be a stumbling block not only for Ahab, but for the nation of Israel.  There is one thing and one thing only that Jezebel believes will give her fulfillment…a throne and power.  Will Jezebel get everything she wants and that she believes will make her feel loved?
I enjoyed reading this suspense-filled novel.  Readers can read about the people and events of this time in the Bible.  Ginger Garrett will keep you turning pages just waiting to see which of the main characters is going to do something.  It was hard to put down and sad to get to the end, because I was enjoying it so very much!  I like the story Ginger writes about Esther in her book Chosen, and Samson with Delilah in her other novel, Desired.
You will find all three very worth your time to read and enjoy, with the passing them on to others to read might be a good idea as well.  If you aren’t familiar with the Old Testament, these works of fiction will help introduce you to just a small portion of ancient peoples and times.  I know Ginger Garrett has written other novels, but I hope she will consider adding more to this particular series!
My rating is 5 stars!
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