Author Faith Blum has written a Biblical fiction with Haven of Rest. It tells the story of Adah, King David’s daughter who is desperately seeking attention from her regal father or Abba. She comes up with schemes and plans to accomplish that. What happens is she finds a God, Adonai and develops a deep relationship with Him.
This is a short book or novella. It has an interesting view of King David’s personal family and family life. The characters were realistic and my heart went out to the daughters. They really missed their father. It is hard to imagine having so many siblings, and especially being treated differently if you were a daughter instead of a son.
Author Blum has a nice writing style. While her story is biblically based she has taken several writing liberties with her story. That happens a lot with Biblical fiction it seems. I am not a fan of changing the Bible stories because people that aren’t familiar with the true scriptural account will be misguided.
Haven of Rest is Book #4 in the author’s Tales of the East Series. I have not read the other books and had no trouble reading this as a stand-alone. It is a short book and rather quick read.
I would recommend it to fans of Biblical fictions. It is an interesting view on what might have been. From me it received a 3 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but this is my honest opinion.
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About the Book
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 they 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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