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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Virgin and The Kings by Patricia Looper is the story of a young girl as she is forced to grow up a little too quickly due to her circumstances. Abishag knew that her future was not hers to make but for her father to decide. So, when her father was bribed by King David’s councilors to give 14-year-old Abishag to the king, she knew there was nothing she could do about it. Being taken to Jerusalem turned out to be the worst yet arguably the best thing for her. The kind King David took her in as his nurse and nothing else, and that proved to ease the terrified Abishag's fears. He turned out to be the protector she needed in her life. So, when she and Solomon met and fell in love, it was as if their stars had aligned. Their love was her only solace, but that was about to be taken away from her as the king passed away. Her life was not her own after all, and soon she would realized that if she wanted to be happy, she would need to fight for it.
The amount of research Patricia Looper did to turn the Song of Songs into this beautiful prose wowed me. Her dedication was visible in each of the sentences. Each character was lovingly crafted, each chapter was designed to bring the story forward, and each character was given enough opportunities to grow. Patricia Looper gave a strong background to The Virgin and The Kings; she gave her readers enough substance to make them appreciate the characters and their growth. This was a fascinating story to read because of how well written the narrative was. The author added enough emotions and drama to the story to make it entertaining as well as give it life by writing descriptive imagery. This book was very entertaining.