About the Book:
Can love triumph over treachery?
Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her husband away fighting the king’s wars, she battles encroaching loneliness–which makes it all too easy to succumb to the advances of King David. Will one night of unbridled passion destroy everything she holds dear? Can she find forgiveness at the feet of the Almighty? Or has her sin separated her from God forever?With a historian’s sharp eye for detail and a novelist’s creative spirit, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the passionate and emotional story of David’s most famous–and infamous–wife. You will never read the story of David and Bathsheba the same way again.
Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of David’s wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill is the author of the bestselling Michal and Abigail and lives with her family in southeast Michigan.
Bathsheba’s story is, I think, the best one of the three. Michal and Abigail were wonderfully written and both captivating, but Bathsheba was more delicately written and the power it held over me was breathtaking. She was a lonely woman who just wanted to spend time with her husband, but King David and war kept calling him away. She felt useless at times because she wasn’t able to produce a child for husband. But what happens when Uriah goes off to war and King David, grieving the loss of Abigail, stays behind? Bathsheba is faced with uncertainty as she can’t deny the attraction she feels towards the King. Is it betrayal? What of pleasing her dear Adonai? And, what is to happen, when she finds herself with child…..with the King’s baby?
Oh, this book’s power over it’s reader is indescribable! God is there in the middle of it all. I, as I am sure many readers will, felt as if I stepped back into time, among the Kings, and the soldiers. To a time when women were sought out to be a mother to many sons for the armies. To a time that was BC. That feeling is breathtaking and emotionally moving.
Giving this book 5 million stars would be more justified than simply 5 stars! I urge everyone to pick up a copy of this story who’s message of forgiveness and redemption and grace is ever powerful. You’ll loose yourself among the vivid pages and scenes of an unforgettable story. Praise to Jill Eileen Smith for being a masterful Biblical fiction author!
~Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell,a division of Baker Publishing Group~