Friday, March 18, 2011

Bathsheba by Jill Eileen Smith

Can She Ever Find Redemption After One Night of Passion with the King?

“As the last word dried on the page, Bathsheba read the message through blurred vision. ‘I am with child’. She would not sign her name or address the message. He would know by the press of her husband’s seal on the wax...”

Bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the Bible’s most famous story of passion, betrayal and redemption in the conclusion of The Wives of King David series, Bathsheba (ISBN: 978-0-8007-3322-3 $14.99, March 2011). Smith draws from Scripture, in-depth historical research and her vivid imagination to unveil the story of David’s most famous wife - Bathsheba. Bathsheba is told in rich detail and drama, creating a riveting page-turner that will keep readers engaged to the conclusion of the book.

Bathsheba is a woman longing for love. With her devout husband, Uriah, away fighting the king's wars for many months at a time, discontent and loneliness dog her steps--and make it frighteningly easy to succumb to King David's charms. Though she immediately regrets her involvement with the powerful king, the pieces are set in motion that will destroy everything she holds dear. Can she find forgiveness at the feet of the Almighty? Or has her sin separated her from God--and David--forever?

Bathsheba reveals the depth of God’s grace and forgiveness. You will never read the story of David and Bathsheba in the same way again.

“A rich tapestry of an era filled with love and longing that rings true across the centuries.” – Siri Mitchell, author of Love’s Pursuit
Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several competitions. 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. Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal and Abigail and lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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

Here is my review of this wonderful novel:

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 "Bathsheba" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
“Bathsheba” is the third novel in Jill Eileen Smith’s The Wives of King David Series. It is a beautifully told embellishment of the Biblical story. You may already know how this story ends. But Smith crafts this tale of Biblical fiction with logic and creativity that showcases characters with skin and muscle and emotion. From the start of the novel which features an interaction between our title character and her husband, Uriah, my imagination was mesmerized. I know that I will never read the scriptures bearing their names with any form of nonchalance ever again.

It all began with a seemingly innocent bath on a rooftop. A wandering eye sealed the fate of two people: one a king, the other the wife of a soldier. The intricate plot that was born out of an attempt to conceal sin led to both tragedy and blessing for the individuals involved, the nation of Israel and the world. The novel “Bathsheba” is replete with blood, sweat and tears. The hand of God will be vividly evident to the reader throughout this book as they are reintroduced to characters that they thought they’ve loved since childhood.

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