About the Book-
All he wanted was his father’s approval
Chileab is born to privilege as the second-born of King David, but he still feels like an outcast. His crooked foot make it hard for him to do anything and although he enjoys being an advisor for his abba, he never feels like King David approves of him.
Born with unnaturally light hair, Rina loves helping her mother heal people around their small village. One day, her life is turned upside down when she is kidnapped by two Amalekites bent on using her for her healing powers to make them rich.
When Chileab hears of the little girl who had been kidnapped, he goes off to find her, even though five years have passed. He makes his way into the desert by himself. Can he find Rina? Will he learn that Adonai’s approval is all he needs? Will he learn to rely on more than just himself?
A Rapunzel reimagining set during the time of King David
Similar Review: Trust and Obey by Faith Blum (Tales of the East #1)
This book is really fun! I’ve been really enjoying the Tales of the East series: while I haven’t read a ton of Biblical fiction, it is something that I’m always intrigued by, and I really enjoy well-written Christian fiction!
Rock of Ages is a novella focusing on Chileab, one of David’s sons, and Rina, and is a Rapunzel retelling! It was a quick read but a fun one: there was a lot of action packed into a book that is just over 100 pages. Since it was a retelling, I could pretty easily predict what was going to happen; however, there was enough action in it to still keep my interest, so that was good.
The writing style is pretty simplistic, but also complex enough that it wasn’t boring to read. I think it would be a really good book for younger readers, since it is also very clean content-wise and easy to understand.
The two main characters, Chileab and Rina, were really fun to read about, and although their characters weren’t as developed as if it were a novel, I enjoyed seeing their personalities. While there wasn’t necessarily a spiritual angle to the book, there was a lot of discussion on reliance on God, and obviously it was a story about King David’s son, so King David was involved in the book.
Overall, this was a fun and clean book that I really enjoyed!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.
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.
Faith has two giveaways happening. One is for those who are only in the US and the other for those who are international. Sorry for the discrimination, but shipping is just too pricey.
- Lavender Lip Balm
- Paperback of book
- 2 mini-book keychains (Trust & Obey and Lo, How a Rose)
- eBook versions of the entire Tales of the East series so far, Trust and Obey, Lo, How a Rose, and Rock of Ages