Author: H.B. Moore
Series: Book of Mormon #1
Genres: Scripture-Based Historical
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: November 1, 2008
Raquel has a secret. As the daughter of one of King Noah’s priests, she enjoys a luxurious life and the admiration of powerful men. But her heart belongs to a commoner, a man with no earthly wealth but rich heavenly gifts. When King Noah demands that Raquel join his harem, she flees the only life she has known and marries her secret love. His name is Abinadi.
The couple finds abundant joy in their community of believers and in their firstborn son. But when the Lord calls Abinadi as His prophet, their faith is tested to the outermost limits. Abinadi’s commitment to the Lord requires them both to give their all—even unto death. Yet if Alma, the newest priest in King Noah’s court, chooses to overcome his troubled past and cleave unto the truth, their sacrifice may yield rich fruit.
With vivid detail and poignant emotion, this historical novel pulls readers into a fiery tale of love, courage, and faith that is difficult to put down and impossible to forget.
This book is riveting reading. I highly recommend it for fast pace, intriguing historical insights, and totally believable characters.
I think this book should win the Best Historical Fiction Whitney Award because Heather took a small part of Book of Mormon history and brought it alive. I don’t know if I will be able to read about Abinadi without picturing the painting she used in her mind for Abinadi.