Isaiah's Daughter

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I've wanted to read this book (and try out the author) for a while now, so when I was approved to receive a NetGalley copy of the book, I was pretty pumped. Below I'm going to give three pros and three cons, then let y'all know why I decided to stop reading the book. 

*It made Isaiah's time period in the Bible become so much more alive to me. Recently when I was reading the Bible I was like "Oh! I recognize these names!" and they felt so much more human to me
*The writing really is well done and it seems like the author did a huge amount of research 
*The plot was interesting and the characters likable 

*The writing style isn't one I found easy to delve into - I was constantly being pulled out of the story to try and catch up with the style. This is obviously totally personal and therefore something a lot of y'all wouldn't deal with 
*The book is really heavy. There's a lot of bad stuff that happens and I found myself somewhat dreading picking up the story to continue
*The story is 400 pages long, and a lot of bad stuff can happen in 400 pages 

Those last two points in the "cons" list is why I DNFed the book - it was just too heavy for me to want to continue. I want to make sure I note, though, that I don't feel like the book was too heavy. Isaiah's time period had a lot of bad stuff happen, and so this book was realistic. I also don't feel like it went into too much detail. It was just too much and too heavy for me at this time. 

Still, I'm rating the book three stars because I think that it will be a great book for some people. 

I'd be delighted to hear your thoughts - have you read any books by this author? What did you think of them? Should I give her another try? 

Also, do y'all like hearing thoughts periodically on books that I don't finish?
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Isaiah’s daughter is a wonderful biblical fiction novel by Mesu Andrews. She brings to life lesser known figures in the Bible while not being afraid to describe the struggles and challenges they faced. This book makes readers want to open their Bible after reading it. I recommend this book. 

I received  a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook & Multnomah through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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A successful book pulls a person into the world the author had created within the story. You don’t realize you’re reading a story, because you’ve become so part of the story. Mesu Andrews has accomplished this with Isaiah’s Daughter. 

From the moment I met five-year-old orphan Ishma and her friend Yaira, I was intrigued and wanted to know what would happen to them. Would they recover? Would the scars heal, outside and inside? What do they have to do with Isaiah’s daughter? 

Mesu Andrews cleverly describes the horror of the trauma they experienced from the perspective of a five-year-old. Without giving the grizzly details, the reader’s heart goes out to Ishma and Yaira. I appreciated the way he dealt with gruesome events; the reader knows and ‘feels’ without having to read the awful details thereof. 

I enjoyed the way he used Bible verses at the beginning of each chapter to set the tone. The Bible verses help the reader to know when in Bible history the historical events took place. It also backups his story and gives the reader something to think about. I found the Bible verses created anticipation of knowing how the story would unfold in that chapter. 

Historical fiction based on the Bible is one of my favorite genres. Sadly, many historical fictions are only another romance story with a historical setting. Mesu Andrews weaves love as part of the threads into the story, but it’s not all the story is about. Isaiah’s daughter gives the reader more than a love story based in a historical setting. His story is intertwined with history in such a manner that, although you know it’s a story, it seems likely that it could’ve happened this way. What I appreciated from the author is that he distinguishes between the two in the Author Notes at the end of the book. So, for those who don’t know the history of King Hezekiah of Judah, these notes will help to separate history from fiction and clear up any confusion or misunderstanding. 

I highly recommend Isaiah’s Daughter to readers who enjoy historical fiction, to those who enjoy stories based on the Bible, and most of all to the believers whose faith gets challenged. They’ll recognize situations, circumstances, and problems the characters must deal with; the choices they make, and the consequences of their choices. How one’s action has good intentions but isn’t always necessarily part of God’s will. They’ll empathize with problems and situations that seem to have no solution or outcome, except to believe and to trust in God. But not everyone has faith… 

My thanks to the publishers for providing me with an e-Book copy. This review is my honest opinion, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read Isaiah’s Daugther. I want to read more books written by Mesu Andrews.
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Once again Mesu Andrews brings us an epic story of prophetic proportions.  We're brought into an amazing story of prophecy and God's timing.  It even shows that miracles happened more frequently than not in ancient days.  God watches his beloved people turn to idolatry and for this they suffer the consequences.

I was immediately drawn into the novel.  This is a brilliant new series, and I can't wait for the next book.
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I was drawn to and interested in reading "Isaiah's Daughter", Mesu Andrews' latest biblical fiction novel, because I’ve already read a couple of her books, and she has become one of my favourite authors. I enjoy reading biblical fiction by various writers and learning more about the context and the culture of Bible times. I also like to read and study the Bible and I find that Mesu Andrews’ novels help to bring the Bible to life.  

Mesu spends time researching for the content of her books. Her book includes what we know from the Bible, what Mesu has learned from the Jewish Midrash and her God-given imagination. She expertly weaves everything together to create an enjoyable and informative read.  

The idea of Hephzibah being the daughter of Isaiah comes from Jewish tradition and Mesu expands on this to bring the story of Hephzibah to life.   

One of the themes in the book is learning to trust God’s plan for the future, even if present circumstances seem to be telling us the opposite. When Ishma questions God’s purpose for her Isaiah replies, “His plan for you in this moment is to be faithful where you are. That’s a truth we must all embrace.”   

As we read through the book we see Ishma grow from a child to a queen, and just as she grows and develops physically, we see her faith in God grow. She learns that real peace can only be found in a relationship with God, not in other things or other people.  

In her novel, Mesu gives us some of Isaiah’s prophecies along with their interpretations. Whilst still making it clear that sometimes people, even prophets may not always understand them in the way that they are meant by God. It doesn't mean God's given prophesy to a person is wrong, it just means it has been misunderstood by people. It was interesting to read the interpretations, particularly those which were not familiar to me. It was good to consider their meaning from a different perspective. I found her interpretation of one of the prophesies which pointed to King Hezekiah as a foreshadowing of Jesus the Messiah particularly interesting. 

I do find some parts of the Bible, especially in the Old Testament difficult to understand. So I really liked that this book helped me to understand a bit more about the lives of some of the key people associated with the time of the Kings of Judah.  

One way I determine whether I think an author has written a good biblical fiction novel is if it gives me a desire to go back to the Bible and read for myself what has been referred to in the novel. Mesu's novel did just this for me. I want to read again the book of Isaiah, and the sections in 2 Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles which relate to King Hezekiah. 

I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading historical novels, is interested in Bible times or who enjoys having the Bible brought to life in a fresh way.
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I love books set in biblical times and this author always has them perfectly accurate! I loved this book!!!
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Another fascinating fictionalized Biblical tale by Mesu Andrews. The story of Hepzibah,  King Hezekiah 's wife is brought to life in this dramatic novel.   Andrews has woven a story that is rich in emotion, description, and action that leaves the reader anticipating the next chapter. A must read!!
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I am a big big fan of Mesu Andrews. The way she brings the bible to life in a new way is amazing. In Isaiah's Daughter she did not disappoint. It brought into new perspective the story of Hezekiah.It shed light on some of the struggles he might of had in life. I really recommend this book.
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I have not read any books by Mesu Andrews before and I'm glad I read this book. The author writes in a way that makes you feel you are actually there, in the wings, watching the story unfold. 

The story is a fictionalization of the life of Hezekiah and his wife, Hephzibah. It is mainly about Hephzibah, hence the title. It takes the story from the Bible and uses that as the basic background. The story flows well and the characters are quite believable. What I especially like about this book is that each chapter starts with Bible verses that help you understand why the chapter is like it is. 

If you like historical fiction you will enjoy this. If you like Biblical fiction you will really like this. I requested this book through netgalley and this review is my own opinion and freely given
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In Mesu Andrews’ book, Isaiah’s Daughter, Ishma, a war captive, is adopted by the prophet Isaiah during a turbulent time in Judah’s history and has an unlikely meeting with a royal prince. Will this relationship grow into something much deeper? Or will darker forces determine both Ishma’s and Judah’s fates?

	Isaiah’s Daughter is an intriguing look at Biblical History through the eyes of an unlikely character. It is well-written, well-researched, and a fascinating look at Hezekiah, one of the greatest kings in Judah’s history. The characters of Ishma and Hezekiah are complex, sympathetic, and provide a perfect backdrop to the biblical story itself. To the author’s credit, the attention to historical detail is profound and worthy of recognition.

	The narrative in the novel runs a bit long, and the nickname ‘Hezy” does not seem to fit a biblical character and someone of royal stature. However, Isaiah’s Daughter, the first in the Prophets and Kings Series, is a solid offering of biblical fiction, and I look forward to reading Mesu Andrews’ next book.

I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review
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This remarkable book focuses proportions of history and prophecy that are included in Hephzibah(Ishma) and King Hezekiah's story.  beautiful blend of Fiction and Facts to create a moving tribute to Hezekiah. The story is told through the point of view of Ishma, a Fictional character.
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Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews
Little Ishma sees the devastation of Old Testament war first hand when her family is destroyed by Israel’s invading army.  She is taken captive and travels to Jerusalem where she is taken in by the prophet Isaiah’s family.  Because of Isaiah’s position as royal tutor, she grows up with Hezekiah, the crown prince of Judah.  After many years, she marries him, her life-long best friend and sweetheart.  She learns more and more to trust her God as she navigates the tension between being married to the king and being the daughter of God’s prophet. 
This is a beautifully written love story based on the biblical facts of Hezekiah and Isaiah’s life from the Old Testament.  The author has carefully researched the culture and history of the time.  She uses the facts to flesh out the story of Hezekiah, Isaiah and Ishma or Hepzibah. 
 Even though they live in a different time, they face the same struggles as God’s people today.  Hepzibah grows in her faith and learns to trust God for his timing.  Hezekiah learns to lean on God for wisdom to rule his kingdom in difficult times.  Through their lives they come to love others—even difficult people. 
As a reader, it was interesting to peek into the marriages of some biblical heroes.  Although the Bible doesn’t tell us much about these relationships, the author demonstrates enough knowledge of human nature to be able to present very realistic challenges that Hepzibah, Hezekiah, and Isaiah would have faced.  One of my biggest disappointments in reading this book was finding out that Manasseh, the long-awaited son of Hezekiah and Hepzibah, was one of Judah’s most evil kings.  Because of this book, I will read portions of the Old Testament with a different insight.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.  I regret that having read it on my ipad, I have no paper copy to share.  I received a free copy from the publisher for this, my honest review.
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This is an extraordinary reimagining of the backstory of a rather minor character in the annals of history (I think she’s only actually mentioned once in the Bible)–Queen Hephzibah, wife of godly King Hezekiah of Judah and mother of very ungodly King Manasseh of Judah. It’s a coming-of-age story, but it’s also so much more than that. It is a tale of love, hope, strength, determination, and faith.
I know that this is a work of fiction, but it is so beautifully told and weaves the words of prophets and kings directly from Scripture so seamlessly, that it seems amazingly real! Mesu Andrews brought the world of Isaiah to life for me as I’ve never imagined before, and I enjoyed every minute of reading this book.
Biblical fiction, such as Isaiah’s Daughter, can bring a new depth of cultural and historical understanding to your study of the Word, while entertaining you wonderfully. I’d highly recommend you snatch up a copy for both the enjoyment and education!
Many thanks to WaterBrook & Multnomah and NetGalley for the digital copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂
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Obvious intensive research brought to life this epic book about Hephzibah, the daughter of the prophet Isaiah in the Bible.  Both Isaiah and his wife were listed as prophets in the Bible.  Hephzibah was the wife of King Hezekiah, Judah's most righteous King,  Hezekiah's father, Ahaz, was a wicked King and an idolator; and Hezekiah's son, Manasseh, was even more wicked.  Although Biblical fiction has to fill in the bits and pieces to create a storyline, Andrews drew as much as possible from the Bible and historical research to create a realistic and believable story that does not depart from God's word.   

I loved that the story was told from the point of view of Ishma (aka Hephzibah) from her early childhood through the death of King Hezekiah.  From barbaric torture by the Assyrians to an incredible belief in Yahweh, Hephzibah lives a life that is filled with highs and lows.  Her story brings to life the kingdom of Judah which helped me understand much better the sections of the Bible dealing with the rise and fall of King Ahaz and King Hezekiah as well as the life and culture of this time period.  I am sure returning to read these portions of the Bible will make them much more understandable.  

Definitely Biblical fiction at it finest.  

**I received a complimentary copy from Waterbrook Publishing through NetGalleyt to  facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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From the first few words of this book, the reader enters the whirlwind of activity that might not be too inaccurate from the Israelites' long past. Andrews relates the story of Ishma. Perhaps she was named for the past, present, or future desolation that she and the nation of Israel experienced, for that is what Ishma means--"desolation". And yet, though her new master, Isaiah, gives her a new name meaning "delight of the Lord", she still struggles with the desolation inside herself and throughout her nation. 

There are so many things to love about this book...and to learn as well. I love Yaira's unwavering commitment to the Lord's will through her life, despite the tragic events. I love Hezi's devotion to God even when he lived in the center of wicked palace life. I love Isaiah’s perseverance and courage to prophecy even though it might take his life. And Ishma…I love her for who she is and who she becomes. 

Andrews weaves an incredible story surrounding the period of King Ahaz and King Hezekiah, while creating fictional characters to emphasize the humanity of men and the awesomeness of God. I’m still not quite sure I appreciated the portrayal of Isaiah as a righteous prophet yet often misinterpreting prophecies based on his opinion, but I suppose some things are an author’s liberty. ;) And at times I thought Queen Abijah was a bit too fictional, but in no way did either of these elements detract from the message of this book. I loved Isaiah's prophecy because it showed how people could misinterpret God's word at that time, but also it showed how greatly they longed for the coming Messiah and how they lived in the expectation of that hope.

The history that was well-written and included throughout the chapters. Each chapters opens with a passage of Scripture—often from Isaiah and it’s amazing to see how some of the culture and Jewish history would be present in such scenes. Often we read our Bibles with our 21st century mindset and because we know the stories so well, we forget the nation of Israel and its customs and its people. What they wore, how they lived, what they ate and sold, and what they did for work. And sometimes we even forget that they had feelings too. They were fearful for their future, being surrounded by enemies, receiving warnings and prophecies that were uncertain and not always able to be interpreted right away. They had to wait too. They suffered persecution and judgment and yet in the end still remained the beloved people of God. Hephzibah’s title reminds Isaiah and the king (and yes, herself) that God does turn mourning into gladness, and that, after the darkest of nights, joy comes at dawn.
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Mesu Andrews has taken on the task of bringing the Old Testament Scriptures to life by intermingling factual accounts with fictional subplots to recreate the story of King Hezekiah and his wife, Queen Hephzibah. The tale begins in 732 BCE with five year old Ishma and her new found friend twelve year old Yaira being forced to march from Bethlehem to Samaria by the Israeli soldiers who killed their parents. Their relocation to Samaria is rejected and they find themselves as refugees headed towards Jericho where they are met by the prophet Micah, Yaira's brother, who leads them both to safety in Jerusalem to become members of the household of Isaiah. Ishma, who has remained mute since witnessing her mother's violent death, is able to assist King Ahaz son, Hezekiah, recoup from his own traumatic experience, blaming himself for his brother's role as a living sacrifice to appease the gods. 

The Profit Isaiah has been chastised for his prophesies predicting the wrathful Yahweh's punishment against Judah due to the numerous false idols worshipped by his chosen people. His new task, a demotion, is to teach the young royals and other sons of the prominent members of court. Ishma, now a soothing companion to Hezekiah, joins the group, despite being a girl. Her perceptiveness makes her a good sparring partner in the discussions on God's laws. The times are volatile, with Assyria demanding tributes and threatening war against the nearby communities. At twelve, Hezekiah begins his training as a soldier and eventually accompanies his father on the road as they negotiate with their enemies and try to develop alliances. Hezekiah, with the title of co-regent, carefully observes, adhoring, yet recognizing the ingenuity behind his vicious father's actions. When given the chance, Hezekiah vows to destroy the pagan temples and return to Yahweh, the one true God. His childhood companion, Ishma, now adopted by Isaiah with the name of Hephzibah, becomes his Queen and they rule together attempting to broker a peace, despite the continued threat from the Assyrian Army. 

Led by both biblical text and written history from this time period, Andrews' Isaiah's Daughter, the first in the Prophets and Kings series, successfully recreates the scriptures making them more approachable for the average reader. Each chapter begins with a biblical quote, many of them prophecies, from the books of Kings and Chronicles as well as Isaiah and the Psalms. There is an annotated list of names, indicating which are fictional and which are historical figures. The narrative text also includes some first person accounts, usually by Ishma, but other characters as well. A map of the area helps the reader visualize the locations of the numerous "frenemies". While the main setting is Jerusalem, the conflicts bring the warring neighbors into the mix. Andrews takes her time developing the characters from their childhood antics into their role as rulers. A little more than halfway into the book the story slows down and tends to drag (which could easily have been resolved by eliminating the nonessential plot points), however, the astonishing chronicled events leading up to the climax are worth the wait. 

This is a fascinating look into the scriptures, as well as a thought provoking perspective on the Middle East. Four stars and a thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I really enjoyed reading Isaiah's Daughter. It has a good plot, likeable characters, and captured my attention from the first page. 

As a Christian, I felt that the author took liberties with the characters of the Bible. Isaiah taking in an orphan girl, changing her name to Hephzibah, and Hezekiah taking her as his queen is a bit of a stretch from Scripture. But none of us were there, so we don't really know what happened. I think the author did a good job of creating a story that could have happened.
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After studying King Hezekiah, I was so pleasantly surprised to find out that Isaiah's Daughter was about King Hezi's wife.  There isn't much about her in scripture, so it was really fun to imagine this story through her perspective.  The way this is written, it drove me to read the story of this couple in scripture, and renewed in me a desire to read the Old Testament.  I appreciate the level of study that went into this book.  It made for a very believable read that inspired me to dig deeper into biblical history.
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MESU ANDREWS has done it again! She has given us another beautifully worked out biblical novel. ISAIAH'S DAUGHTER takes place during the last part of the wicked King Ahab of Judah's reign and the reign of his godly son Hezekiah. As the title suggests, Isaiah, Yahweh's prophet, features strongly in the story. In her inimitable way the Author fleshes out the biblical story without in any way compromising the truth of scripture. She has done a great deal of research and gives us a real feeling of life at that time in history. The story not only follows the historical books of the bible, where we are told of Hezekiah's reign, but also the book of Isaiah with its prophecies. I love the way we see how prophecies, which are fulfilled in the New Testament, are taken personally by Hezi and Zibah. 
Ishma, the little orphan girl whose name means "desolate", is adopted by Isaiah and her name changes to Hephzibah, meaning "his delight is in her". This becomes a reality when she not only becomes the wife of her best friend, the king of Judah, but also realizes she is Yahweh's delight and He becomes her peace.
The characters' feelings are very well portrayed. We see how they deal with fear, loss, unforgiveness, anger and lack of faith. The very real problem of idolatry is dealt with as well. We see examples of godly marriages with Hezi and Zibah and Isaiah and Aya, as opposed to the horror of Ahaz's relationship with Abijah.
This novel is so full of biblical truth, the story kept me enthralled to the last page, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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It has been a long wait for this novel, but having just finished this enthralling read, I can say with absolute certainty that it was worth every minute of the wait. The world of 8th Century BC Judah really comes to life in this novel, which spans almost forty years of Judah’s history during the reigns of King Ahaz and then King Hezekiah. More than that, Scripture really comes to life, and I don’t just mean in the sense that it puts flesh on the bones of the historical accounts of Kings and Chronicles. Prophecy becomes a living, breathing Word from God, and it was exciting to see these characters grappling with its meaning and application in its original context.

The story begins its narrative when Ishma and Hezekiah are still children and follows their friendship from its beginning—as two young children deeply impacted by trauma—throughout their education under Master Isaiah, and into the joys, fears, and challenges of their reign as King and Queen of Judah. They took up residence in my heart very early on in the story, and I loved the depth and richness of their friendship (and later their marriage)—the way they understood, supported, sharpened, and loved one another. Although, that’s not to say they didn’t have their rough patches!

But it’s Mesu Andrews’ spiritual and political acumen and her understanding of human nature that really gives this novel its vibrancy. I am just in awe at her ability to not only bring characters to life on the page, but also the world they live in. This is must-read Biblical fiction!
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