I was excited when I saw Heather Moore’s request for a blog book review for her new book Daughters of Jared. I met her at the ANWA writer’s conference and had a brief conversation with her about women in the scriptures and her book Christ’s Gifts to Women.
Naiva, daughter of the dethroned King Jared II, lives in the shadow of her privileged elder sister, Asherah. But when Asherah develops a secret plot to return their father to the throne, Naiva’s resentment turns to fear. Thwarting the scheme becomes more complicated when Naiva discovers that Akish, the first man who has shown interest in her, is an integral part of the plan. Asherah traps Akish in a ploy to make him marry her, breaking Naiva’s heart and leaving her feeling more alone than ever. Somehow Naiva must find the strength to stand against the encroaching evil in the kingdom and a sister who will stop at nothing to become queen. When Akish’s wickedness escalates and threatens to destroy the bonds of sisterhood, Naiva must decide between protecting her sister and honoring her new belief in the true God,a forbidden belief that could cost her life. ~ Amazon
When I read the preface about secret combinations, I wondered if I’d be learning more than I wanted in this book. But there was no need to fear. I was pulled into the story in the first short chapter; by the end of the second chapter I was hooked!
I was surprised at the strong romantic element in Daughters of Jared. I’ve read the book of Ether several times and never pulled romance or a chance at a happy ever after out of that chapter and a half. That must be why Heather has the book deals and I don’t!
At the beginning of the story Naiva is a young woman with dreams of love and marriage even as she serves her sister in her role of eldest daughter. Naiva does manage to catch the attention of two brothers and develops strong (and distinct) feelings for each of them fairly quickly. The story of Naiva’s conversion is slower as she comes to understand the sacrifices of living the gospel.
I love how the story incorporates the facts available while weaving gospel truths into a compelling story. I’d give it four out of five slices of pie!
Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book.