Once again Angela Hunt has delivered a fantastic novel based on the Biblical character Bathsheba.
From the first page we are pulled into the story when Bathsheba is a girl, a beautiful girl of sixteen, as she watches the King dance around in the streets without “proper” covering. As the story progresses Young Bathsheba grows into a woman and is married to Uriah. The real drama begins after David sends his Army into war, and remains at home.
How is this novel different from the story we know from the Bible, details. It is all about the details. Angela Hunt takes a writer’s license to add details where there are none. There is not one instance where she compromises the true story from the Bible, she merely adds pieces to the puzzle that have been left out.
This is a fiction novel based on a Biblical story, and it makes the story of Bathsheba and David come to life! The characters go from being one or two dimensional to feeling like you are in the story. I love seeing a story from different angles and Angela Hunt offers us a different angle of this story that we know so well. I love that she approached Bathsheba as a woman caught up in David’s sin. Personally I have always felt that Bathsheba was a victim of circumstance as had not role in what happened to her. This story is woven along the same lines.
There are a number of details we will not really know, but reading what may have happened makes me understand a bit more about what Bathsheba and David went through when they were alive.
The story moves very quickly, the characters are as believable and real as I have read. I love Angela Hunts level of details, it is enough to understand what is going on, to imagine what it felt like to be there, but I never get lost in the details like with other authors. I highly recommend this book, it is a great account of Bathsheba and David’s story.
NOTE : I received Bathsheba in exchange for an honest review.
More about the book:
The second book in the Dangerous Beauty series releases in late 2015.
After receiving God’s promise of a lifelong reign and an eternal dynasty, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier’s wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king’s household. Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, Angela Hunt paints a realistic portrait of the beautiful woman who struggled to survive the dire results of divine judgment on a much-discussed but rarely-understood shepherd king.
Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who expect the unexpected in novels. With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 125 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to non-fiction books, to novels.
Now that her two children have reached their twenties, Angie and her husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Turner and Hooch and Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards–one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City.
Afterward, the dog gave out pawtographs at the airport.
Angela admits to being fascinated by animals, medicine, psychology, unexplained phenomena, and “just about everything” except sports. Books, she says, have always shaped her life— in the fifth grade she learned how to flirt from reading Gone with the Wind.