Saturday, March 19, 2011

Review/Giveaway: Bathsheba

Bathsheba: A Novel (The Wives of King David)A WINNING READINGS GIVEAWAY!

Title: Bathsheba
Author: Jill Eileen Smith
Genre: Biblical fiction
How to enter: Leave a comment on THIS post right here! If you're a subscriber or a follower, leave a second comment for a second entry.
Entry deadline: April 10, 2011
Restrictions: Open internationally!

That's right, enter right here for this giveaway.  This is my review copy, so it has been gently read.

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Publisher: Revell 
Physical Description: 352-page paperback
List Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3322-3
For More Info: http://www.jilleileensmith.com/
Synopsis:
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.
What I Liked: 

This is the second book of the series I've read - though I've just downloaded the Kindle version of Michal for free to rectify that...  While each book can be read as a stand-alone, I definitely want to read them all.

While I have always admired David, I couldn't have imagined living as a woman during his reign - until Jill Eileen Smith.  She's tackled some really hard topics - polygamy in Abigail, and now adultery in Bathsheba - in a way that, while painful, still give me a glimpse into how such events might have transpired and their impact on those involved. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the Biblical and historical detail in Bathsheba.  The battles, the feuds between different wives and their sons, the challenge to be David's successor - there is so much content in this book.

The author doesn't cloak the consequences of sin - the pain involved - but the overlying theme throughout is God's redemption.  Overall, a beautiful story backed with interesting details.

What I Didn't Like: 
 
Not really anything, though I will admit I found it harder to relate to and empathize with Bathsheba's character than I did with Abigail's. 
Thanks to Baker Publishing Group for the review copy of this book. 

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

43 comments:

Annette @ Live, Learn, Love said...

I would definitely be interested in reading Bathsheba!

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fredamans said...

I most definitely would love to read this second in the series. I also got Michal, and wish to continue the tale.

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

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Jennifer @ Quiverfull Family said...

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and I'd love to read the third!

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Galena said...

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Carol N Wong said...

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Healthy & Happy said...

I would like to put my name in 3 or 4 times!

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Charlotte Kay said...

Thanks for the chance to win.
I am anxious to read it.
Many Blessings and Smiles,
Charlotte Kay
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Mary Ann... said...

I'd love to read this! David is my favorite of all and this looks so interesting.

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SweetestLittleBookworm said...

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ezmerelda said...

I've always found Bathsheba to be an interesting character and this book sounds really good.

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