I’m so tickled to have to opportunity to read and review Bathsheba, the conclusion to the Wives of King David series by Jill Eileen Smith.   I was lucky enough to be able to review Abigail, the second and adored it so I was looking forward to reading about this bible bad girl.

From the publisher:

Her days marked by turmoil and faded dreams, Abigail has resigned herself to a life with a man she does not love. But when circumstances offer her a second chance at happiness with the handsome David, she takes a leap of faith to join his wandering tribe. Still, her struggles are far from over. How can she share his love with the other women he insists on marrying?

I loved this book.  After reading Abigail, I fell in love with the idea of biblical fiction.   I love getting the detail and picture of life regarding the stories of the bible.   Smith does a fabulous job of presenting a view of circumstances that may have made Bathsheba willing to be with King David.   It makes it seem like it could happen to anyone and she makes the characters come alive, complete with struggles, wants, needs, falls from grace and redemption.  And her ability to bring life to biblical times is amazing.

I recommend this book to anyone who has trouble getting “into” the bible and especially people who like historical fiction.  Fabulous, fabulous book — you won’t regret it!

Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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