Saturday, February 27, 2010

Abigail by Jill Eileen Smith

What price must she pay for true love?

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?

Abigail follows the bestselling Michal and continues Jill Eileen Smith's rich story of David's wives.

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 lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

Here is my review of this wonderful work of Biblical fiction:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Jill Eileen Smith and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Abigail" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

Every time I go to a bookstore, I pick up the first novel in The Wives of King David series, “Michal”. I love her story in the Bible, and I read another fictional novel about her life that intrigued me several years ago. But every time I pick it up, I put it back because I know how tall my “to be read for fun” pile of books is becoming. Well, I may have to make a special trip to the bookstore to buy that novel, now. After opening the beautiful cover of Jill Eileen Smith’s second novel in the series, “Abigail”, I am overcome with how three-dimensional this woman has become and I want to experience the same with the first dramatization.

Smith’s situations are plausible for the time. Her dialogue transports the reader to Old Testament times. Abigail’s inner monologue adds sparkle to the character that I love from scripture, making her leap from the pages of my Bible. Abigail lived, breathed, had hopes and dreams, and was all woman with thoughts and feelings, regrets and a relationship with God. Although this may not be a perfectly accurate representation of the woman who saved King David from the mistake of revenge against the foolish Nabal, this book will certainly make Abigail more dimensional when you encounter her in scripture again.

This is a wonderful fiction read that keeps God and scripture at its heart. I highly recommend it.

1 comment:

Jill Eileen Smith said...

Thank you, Stacey, for reading and reviewing Abigail! Your comments are very kind and most appreciated! I'm SO glad you enjoyed my version of Abigail's story!

In His Grace,
~Jill Eileen Smith