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Bathsheba (The Wives of King David Book #3): A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jill Eileen Smith
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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.

"Thoroughly engrossing. Jill Eileen Smith receives my highest recommendation as an author of biblical fiction."--Kim Vogel Sawyer, award-winning author of My Heart Remembers

"Bathsheba is Jill Eileen Smith's finest work to date. It vividly portrays the devastation caused by selfish passion and betrayal, and the incredible blessing of repentance and restoration through God's grace."--Jill Stengl, award-winning author of Wisconsin Brides

"This well-researched and beautifully crafted story will resonate in your heart and mind long after you've read the final page. An excellent read with a message that transcends time."--Judith Miller, author of the Daughters of Amana series

Jill Eileen Smith's 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.


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*Starred Review* When King David’ suffers a devastating loss, it seems that nothing can break through his cloak of grief—until he sees the legendary beauty, Bathsheba. Their affair, as well as David’s ruthless disposal of Uriah the Hittite, Bathsheba’s husband and one of David’s loyal officers, are among the Bible’s biggest scandals. Smith puts a refreshingly different spin on this familiar tale of adultery, delving into the motivations and feelings behind Bathsheba’s and David’s actions within the context of the customs and religious expectations of the times. There’s plenty of suspense, court intrigue, and excitement in Smith’s rendering, especially when David’s other sons, worried that his child by Bathsheba, Solomon, will be king, lead a revolt against their father. Smith has a strong voice, and her seamless blending of David’s words from the Psalms with her narrative adds to the novel’s authenticity. Bathsheba will appeal to a wide variety of readers, including fans of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent (1997). The third novel in Smith’s splendid Wives of King David series (Michal, 2009; Abigail, 2010), this works as a standalone, but libraries will want all three books. –Shelley Moseley

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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.

"Thoroughly engrossing. Jill Eileen Smith receives my highest recommendation as an author of biblical fiction."--Kim Vogel Sawyer, award-winning author of My Heart Remembers

"Bathsheba is Jill Eileen Smith's finest work to date. It vividly portrays the devastation caused by selfish passion and betrayal, and the incredible blessing of repentance and restoration through God's grace."--Jill Stengl, award-winning author of Wisconsin Brides

"This well-researched and beautifully crafted story will resonate in your heart and mind long after you've read the final page. An excellent read with a message that transcends time."--Judith Miller, author of the Daughters of Amana series

Jill Eileen Smith's 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800733223
  • Publisher: Revell (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY69Q
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biblical Characters Come Alive February 28, 2011
Format:Paperback
One thing I love about Jill Eileen Smith's novels about the wives of David is how the characters who were real human beings come alive. "Bathsheba" is no exception. In this novel, my heart aches, not only for Bathsheba, but for David who has gotten himself into a mess (as we often do) and can't bring himself to do the only thing that will fix it (confess before God & face the consequences). It shows David at his worst but also at his best when he humbly confesses his sin with great remorse and goes about working to restore his relationship with God. In this novel, Bathsheba also deals with her part in this. Both are restored and forgiven.

I love the research in this novel. While Smith does bring conjecture into the story, she doesn't defiate from the true Biblical facts that we do know or the historical culture. I disagree with her assumption that Bathsheba had a choice in the affair. The way I see the story, Bathsheba was a victim of David's abuse of power. But the story that Smith weaves could be the way it happened, and it does show that David's guilt both as an abuser of his position and a murderer was greater than Bathsheba's. I guess we won't know who's right until we get to Heaven.

One scene, where Nathan confronts David, is so emotional and piognant, I read it a number of times. I could feel what David must have felt. It was that real. I also have imagined the scene many times when reading the scripture, and Smith's version seemed very similar to mine. It's the way I could imagine it happening. Another emotional scene that also touched me was when David heard that Absolom had killed all of his sons. Again Smith brought me into David's emotions. Overall I loved this novel and highly recommend it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and Subtle Seduction June 22, 2012
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Bathsheba's seduction has been written throughout the ages in many different ways, from outright violent rape to a temptress bent on trapping the saintly king. Smith takes an innocent approach, giving both of her characters plenty of excuses--loneliness, grief, boredom, the need for a friend. Yet, if David was so in need of a friend, why couldn't he revisit his love with Michal, whom Smith has redeemed into an angelic being, foster mother of Abigail's daughter? Smith's Michal is a calm, pleasant and cooperative woman who bears no resentment toward David's other wives. She would have been the perfect friend and companion for the aged king. Unfortunately, David's lustful eyes fell on the bathing nude and the rest is history.

The book starts out innocently enough with Bathsheba a teenybopper and her friend Chava giddy with excitement at being invited to dine with the handsome king. While Chava provided all the hysterics, Bathsheba admired David from a distance. Soon enough, she is married to Uriah, the loyal warrior. She grows restless with her husband's frequent absence and wonders if she'd ever have a normal family, including children. When she meets the old king wandering on his wall, they flirt and talk about music, their common interest. Talk is soon not enough, and on a hot, restless night, the king wanders out on his wall and decides to take the next step. Oh... he's a smooth devil, that one, he strums her heart with his fingers, singing her life with his words, killing her softly... Not until it's too late does Bathsheba realize the snare... "You have reason to resent your king." as he traces a line up her arm, "I'm sorry to cause you such pain and loneliness." and turns her face to kiss her. "Will you stay and accept my love as a token of my apology?" ...
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A lackluster conclusion to the trilogy March 14, 2011
By Michele
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Although I wasn't particularly "wowed" by the previous two books in this trilogy, I was looking forward to this one, interested to see what Jill Eileen Smith would do with the story of Bathsheba, the most notorious of David's wives. While the overall quality of the writing of Bathsheba is on par with the prior two books, it has neither the strong ending of Michal nor the sympathetic and engaging heroine of Abigail; as a result, I found the book to be lackluster and the weakest installment in the trilogy.

Unlike Michal and Abigail, scripture gives no indication of Bathsheba's personality or character: not even the barest hint. We are told she was beautiful, and that is it. For an author this leaves the door wide open to endless possibilities; however, it also presents a challenge for the author to flesh out Bathsheba in a way that is credible and that today's readers can connect with.

I was disappointed in the way that Smith interpreted Bathsheba, and, in fact, I had difficulty figuring out just where Bathsheba was coming from most of the time. In the first part of the book, when she is married to Uriah, the plot consists mainly of Uriah preparing to go to battle (while King David stayed home), Bathsheba coping with the disappointment and loneliness, then Uriah returning home and being reunited with his wife. This scenario was repeated several times and I couldn't see the necessity of the repetition; surely one such scenario could have adequately conveyed the challenges that Bathsheba dealt with as an Old Testament "military wife?" During this first part I couldn't, as I mentioned above, ever really figure out where Bathsheba stood. She wavered between loving (or perhaps just lusting?) her husband, and seeming to be bored/unhappy with him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A wonderful look into the lives of David's household and what life must have been like for them.
Published 8 days ago by Mama of 3
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Account of Forgiveness and the Wonder of God's Grace
I think this is my favorite of the trilogy! At times, Bathsheba is hard to read because of the depth of sin and the pain it caused when David took her while she was still wed to... Read more
Published 10 days ago by An Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story!
I have read several books by author Jill Eileen Smith. Her Historical Biblical fiction is awesome. What I like about her books is that the Biblical and Historical facts match... Read more
Published 24 days ago by (Sunshine) Judy K Burgi
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book!
I loved the sensitivity the author used in writing and bringing out the feelings and emotions of Bathsheba and David. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Betsee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great character development
Enjoyed the way the author developed Bathsheba and David's inter personality and inner thoughts.
Published 29 days ago by pit kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like historical fiction you will absolutely love this book!
Published 1 month ago by LISA Kull
5.0 out of 5 stars well done keep it up Jill
what a fascinating take on the bible story loved it ,loved it ,loved it
Published 1 month ago by kevina Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Has all the qualities of a great novel. It causes the reader to anticipate the next chapter!
Published 1 month ago by Philbert Needham
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Makes biblical characters real and meaningful
Excellent book. Makes biblical characters real and meaningful.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a wonderful read. I enjoyed very much. Jill is a great writer
Published 1 month ago by Bettye
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More About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of Desert Princess (ebook short) #1 Loves of King Solomon series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, the upcoming Daughters of the Promised Land series, and the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series. When she isn't writing, she can often be found reading, biking, traveling, spending time with friends, or snugging her feline writing buddy Tiger. She especially enjoys spending time with her family.

To learn more about Jill or for more information about her books, visit her website at www.jilleileensmith.com. You can also contact Jill at jill@jilleileensmith.com. She loves hearing from her readers.




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