Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews
Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews is a Biblical story of a warring divided nation ruled by an evil king who mocks King David's legacy and leaves those faithful to Yahweh praying and clinging to Him. Affected by the war, Ishma, meaning desolation, is an orphaned Hebrew girl who is also a refugee after the war between Judah and Israel. Ishma comes to Isaiah's home as a household servant but is treated with love as a family member. She comes as a child who is full of fear and anxiety after watching the horrors of war take her parents. Yet, in a short time, she becomes friends with Prince Hezekiah. Through the years, they both grow and mature, and continue to love and serve Yahweh. Isaiah and Aya guide Ishma as she grows and matures, then adopt her, giving her a royal lineage fit for a king and change her name, as Yahweh instructs, to Hephzibah, meaning delight of the Lord.
Andrews has a gift for helping readers better understand the Old Testament Bible stories and the culture in those times. She certainly brought this story alive for me through this novel that is based on the Bible but with some fictionalized characters where the Bible doesn't give details. Isaiah's Daughter is full of adventure and romance. Hephzibah is a woman who has had the courage to face her fears and grow through them, all the while learning to lean on Yahweh throughout her life. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and had a hard time putting the book down. It is my first book by Andrews, but it won't be my last. Isaiah's Daughter is also the first book in her new series, Prophets and Kings. I highly recommend it.
I received this book from Waterbrook Mulnomah. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.