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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel

Ginger Garrett is the critically acclaimed author of Chosen:  The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther, which was recognized as one of the top five novels of 2006 by the ECPA, and Dark Hour.  An expert in ancient women's history, Ginger creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women.
A resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Ginger frequently appears as a guest on television news and talk shows.  She is the co-host of the new inspirational program, Deeper Living.  Ginger is an graduate of Southern Methodist University and is passionate about creating art from history.
*Author photo by Don Sparks.
*You can learn more about Ginger Garrett and her books at her website found HERE.

From the moment her marriage to prince Ahab thrusts her into the intrigues of palace life, Jezebel’s exotic beauty opens doors and her will breaks down walls. Torn from her homeland and wed to power in a strange country, Jezebel vows to create a legacy and power all her own. Some might call her a manipulative schemer, bent on having her way. But they don’t know the whole story, and she was much, much worse. As she moves through the halls of power, her heart struggles between devotion to the gods she worships, the prince who loves her, and her thirst for revenge. She sparks a battle between her strangely powerless gods and the God of palace administrator Obadiah—a God who confronts her with surprising might. She will fight, though victory may cost her everything.

My Thoughts:
I had the privilege of "meeting" Ginger Garrett several weeks back online during a chat sponsored by Fred St. Laurent over at  During that chat, I jumped at an opportunity to review Reign:  The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel.  Ms Garrett was delightful to chat with and get to know better.  Due to the generosity of David C. Cook (publisher) sending not only a copy of Reign but all three books in this amazing series, my daughter (age 15) and I were able to read all three books.  The previous books in the series are Chosen:  The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther and Desired:  The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah.  
Ginger is a gifted writer.  She captures the time period and history of her characters well.  While reading Reign, I was taken back to the time of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel through Ginger's vivid description.  I appreciated hearing the story from the different perspectives of Ahab, Jezebel and Obadiah.  Ginger's attention to detail in characterization shows the level of research undertaken to produce a biblically accurate account.  The artistic liberties taken to fill in the story in no way take away from Scripture but appear true to the time period and historical accounts.
While the story was disturbing to read at times due to the nature of Queen Jezebel and her worship of false gods, Ginger does an exceptional job of capturing the depravity of man in his/her sin.  The voice of Obadiah showed the challenge of standing and speaking up for truth in the midst such depravity.
As stated earlier, my fifteen year old daughter loves Ginger's writing.  She has actually read Chosen twice.  She's a very discerning reader and doesn't bother to read many books twice, but has stated she will read Ginger's again.
Thank you again Fred for introducing me to Ginger Garrett!  If you have never visited The Book Club Network you really should.  Not only is it a fun place for avid readers, but the monthly online magazine is full of author, publishing and book information.  The site also has several groups of which to be a part.  There truly is something for everyone. right HERE.
And thank you again David C. Cook for sending the entire series and for publishing solid biblical resources and fiction.

Happy Reading,