Dark Hour is biblical fiction at its best -- an absorbing, meticulously researched, well-written account of a dark chapter in biblical history. Garrett is a master storyteller and succeeds in a stunning fashion, fleshing out the scriptures and bringing ancient Israel and her people to vivid life. Dark Hour more than succeeded in holding my interest -- itinspired me to delve deeper into the scriptures for further study of the fascinating history illuminated in the novel. In her Author's Note Garrett states:
"For those of you, like me, who once believed the lie that the Bible is a tale of repressed women mastered by men and submitting through force, coming to the tale of Athaliah and Jehoshebeth is a shock. Athaliah did what no woman had ever done, ruling as sole monarch in Judah. Jehoshebeth was a formidable enemy and ultimately proved her undoing. I read the Bible now and am impressed with the role of women in the story..."
I was looking foreword to reading this book because
I had loved Ginger Garrett's other book
Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther so much,
and I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed.
She as always does a beautiful job of taking scriptural truth and making it in to an amazing and powerful story.
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who loves history or just loves reading new books.