I love reading a good book that keeps me thinking about the characters long after the book is shut. Daughters of Jared by H.B. Moore (AKA Heather) is masterfully written. She pulled me into the pages of this ancient story and brought the scriptures to life.
Daughters of Jared is based on a story from The Book of Mormon, so it is historical fiction for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I would like to voice my opinion that any fan of historical fiction regardless of their faith will enjoy this book. Heather is an incredible writer with a gift of weaving compelling plot lines together with strong-voiced characters. Naiva, one of the daughters of Jared tells this story through her own first-person viewpoint and it's excellent!
Here is the back cover blurb:
Naiva, daughter of the dethroned King Jared II, lives in the shadow of
her privileged elder sister, Asherah. But when Asherah develops a secret
plot to return their father to the throne, Naiva's resentment turns to
fear. Thwarting the scheme becomes more complicated when Naiva discovers
that Akish, the first man who has shown interest in her, is an integral
part of the plan. Asherah traps Akish in a ploy to make him marry her,
breaking Naiva's heart and leaving her feeling more alone than ever.
Somehow Naiva must find the strength to stand against the encroaching
evil in the kingdom and a sister who will stop at nothing to become
queen. When Akish's wickedness escalates and threatens to destroy the
bonds of sisterhood, Naiva must decide between protecting her sister and
honoring her new belief in the true God,a forbidden belief that could
cost her life.
Heather has written several award-winning books. If you'd like to see sneak-peeks, she has sample chapters (including the first chapter of Daughters of Jared) on her website here.
Here's the book trailer for Daughters of Jared