“Pack the pictures, bowls, and quilts. Oh, and the books. Then finish Wrong about Mr. Wright. Oh, and 12 Dates of Christmas and Christmas on Breakers Point. What else…?”
My email answered. A friendly reminder that a book I didn’t know I’d signed up for needed to be reviewed. By tomorrow.
I took one look at the cover, read the title–Haven of Rest–and tried not to cry. Most of it was okay, but the font hinted at something that did nothing for me.
If I’d been twelve, I would have wailed, “Why me!!!”
Then I decided that I hadn’t done that enough when I was twelve and did it anyway. WHY ME?
And the complaints began. I don’t like Biblical fiction. I don’t have time. I have to drive to Springfield and swap cars. I… I…
But there was nothing to do about it. I had to read the dumb book. So, I complained all the way to my inbox, all the way to opening it, and all through the first few paragraphs.
At about that point, I forgot to complain. I was too engaged in the story.
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Do You Know the Benefits of Complaining?
Well, read Haven of Rest and you’ll learn them. No really, you will.
I own that I was completely wrong about the book. I hadn’t expected to enjoy it, and I did. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I plan to purchase the entire series in paperback. I didn’t remember requesting a review copy of the book, so when the free book had arrived, I didn’t know that it was a mashup of a fairy tale retelling and Biblical fiction. Brilliant.
Well written, full of delightful details that never weigh down the story, Blum creates characters readers fall in love with. Though full of speculation, she manages to keep the story from feeling too much as if rewriting the Bible. That is my usual complaint with Biblical fiction.
Recommended for lovers of Biblical fiction, fairy tale retellings, and anyone who is curious about why complaining has its benefits. Adah will teach you.
Haven of Rest is on tour with Celebrate Lit
Book: Haven of Rest
Author: Faith Blum
Genre: Biblical fiction
Release Date: July 26, 2019
Ignored by her father…
Adah was neglected by her abba and her brother. She must do something. All her previous plans have failed, but she won’t slip up this time. Since her abba is King David, author of many songs, what better way to gain his attention than pulling off a concert featuring twelve of his daughters?
As she plans, Adah’s discontentment grows. She throws herself into the work, but worry edges into her heart anyway. Can Adah learn to rest in Adonai as her father? Will she learn contentment in all things?
About the Author
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.
More from Faith
The Haven of Rest was inspired by a friend. I wanted another fairy tale to retelling for my series but had run out of ideas and she mentioned the 12 Dancing Princesses and how the 12 girls could be 12 daughters of King David. It took a little while, but the idea soon grew into this story.
I do take liberties throughout the story. It is a Biblical Fiction story, and I tried hard to keep to those roots and keep it accurate throughout, including for the betrothals and weddings. However, a few liberties I took were:
- Giving King David more daughters than are mentioned. I did have Tamar be one of the daughters.
- Creating a backstory for Amnon’s obsession with Tamar.
- Showing that King David was a flawed man who was not a good father. Although this isn’t stated outright in the Bible, it is definitely implied by the rebellion three of his sons showed and his lax discipline of Amnon after his rape of Tamar.
- The other liberty I took is a spoiler for the end of the book, so you will have to read the book to find out what that was. I do explain my reasoning of that one in the Historical Note at the end of the book.
I really enjoyed writing this story and hope you enjoy reading it!
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To celebrate her tour, Faith is giving away a themed basket with two plastic canvas heart bookmarks, a paperback copy of the book, and a crocheted doily!!
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