Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book Review: Daughters of Jared by H.B. Moore

Daughters of Jared, by H.B. Moore
2012, 224p, LDS Historical Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy via eBooks for Review for an honest review

From the Book of Ether comes a haunting story of two royal sisters. The elder sister, Ash, will do anything to bring her father, King Jared II, back to the throne. The younger sister, Naiva, only wants to save her family from destruction. The bond of sisterhood becomes precariously fragile when one man . . . named Akish . . . falls in love with the younger sister, Naiva. Yet he chooses to marry the elder sister.

The sisters’ hearts are divided. And when Ash becomes queen, seduced by the promise of power and wealth, Naiva watches her world crumble away. She sees only one way out. But it will require forsaking all that she holds dear.

I enjoy reading scripture-based fiction stories and Heather Moore once again does a fantastic job! This is a story that I'm familiar with and she brought the characters and the time period to life. It's the story of a family that is hungry for power and the father, Jared, and older sister, Ash, will do whatever they need to in order to accomplish that. There's a younger sister, Naiva, who feels differently than they do but she loves her family and is loyal to them. Akish comes around and instantly falls in love with Naiva but knows that he must marry Ash in order to become king. This causes some tension between the sisters for a while. 

Due to the themes of this book, it's somewhat dark, but it is also filled with hope. Akish was so evil that I would cringe when he came around. Naiva was loyal to her family, especially Ash, and put Ash's health and happiness before her own. Naiva had a love interest, but there were complications that made it difficult for them to be together. I understood her love for her sister and that she never wanted to give up on her, but there were times that her choices were frustrating to me as a reader. Ash made choices which cost each of the sisters dearly. She wasn't very likable but there were times when her humanity came through.

This story spans fourteen years and it was interesting to see the changes in the sisters from the beginning until the end. I love the fresh perspective this story gave me and how it came to life for me. I will definitely read this scripture story differently from now on. I loved the ending and teared up a little bit. It's a great read from beginning to end!

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.


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