Garrett’s third book in her Lost Loves of the Bible series has momentum of plot and richness of character. Her depiction of the lives of women during biblical times and the challenges they faced is fascinating. Although the beginning outweighs the ending, you will be mesmerized by the cunning Queen Jezebel.
Jezebel becomes queen when she marries Ahab. She is gifted in her ability to understand politics and she is deluged with emotions unbecoming to a queen when it has to do with marriage. Ahab has mixed feelings about Jezebel. She believes in the goddess Asherah and prays for fertility with Ahab. But her gods seem to be no match for the god that palace administrator Obadiah worships. Yahweh chooses the way for His great leaders. Will her needs ever be met or will she lose all she ever truly wanted? (David C. Cook, May, 304 pp., $14.99)