I adore books about historical female heroines. They are inspiring and encouraging especially for someone raising a young daughter. I strongly believe that part of the lure of history is the beauty of the knowledge we gain through the passing down of these grand tales. The Legend of Sheba is another shining star among this genre. It is an elaborate, richly told story by Tosca Lee who excels at bringing these amazing individuals to life in our minds.
The Legend of Sheba is the story of a young princess who accepted a life away from royalty only to be brought back to reign in order to save her father's kingdom. She experiences many trials and chooses a difficult path for those times by refusing to marry. The topics of feminism, identity, and self worth are very much underlying topics within this story that are not so much mentioned, but crafted within the story to allow you to think on these after you set the book down. It was absolutely lovely to see the author present a woman that was smart, meditative, and political during a time when women were dismissed as nothing more than a womb to carry a prince.
More so than all the above, it was wondrous to watch how this woman's faith was interwoven throughout her life and how her questioning brought her to Solomon's palace. Many of us believe we know this story, but it is a narrow sided view that usually pins unloving labels upon Sheba. This book allows us to see another side. While we will never truly know what occurred during that time so long ago, we at least have a new side to the coin.
I really did enjoy this book. It was told with a talented hand and kept me wanting to turn each new page as the tale unfolded.
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