[Revell Blog Tour and Review] Bathsheba (Wives of King David, bk 3) by Jill Eileen Smith

Posted 18 March, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 6 Comments

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.

About the Author:

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.

My Review:
I am so happy to have had the chance to read this stunningly, emotional, long awaited conclusion to Jill Eileen Smith’s Wives of King David series. Next to Julie Lessman, she is my favorite Christian historical author. Her ability to take true accounts of the women in the Bible, and tenderly weave them into works of fiction, is absolutely incredible. The fiction aspect of the story was incredibly written that it ALL felt real to me. I was completely captured by this richly detailed, deeply researched novel of a beautiful woman who’s story became my own.

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~

You can purchase your copy here.
*This book was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group*

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