Monday, November 9, 2015

Bathsheba- Angela Hunt

My Rating: 3 Stars

Description: After sending his army to besiege another king's capital, 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 king with a divided heart.

My Thoughts: Bathsheba by Angela Hunt is the first book I have read about this particular character. Followers of my reviews might have noticed that I love Biblical fiction and I enjoyed the first book in this series about Esther. But while I enjoyed certain aspects of this book, it was not my favorite.

Bathsheba is not one of the most compelling characters. While her life is tragic and I felt bad for her, she didn't do anything to influence the story personally. It seemed almost like her beauty was all that mattered about her, both to David and to the plot as she only ever observed what went on around her. Though she was kind, she was not compelling.

Though I would have preferred a narrator who took a greater role of action in the story, I did enjoy reading about Solomon's childhood and the conflict between his brothers, Amnon and Absalom. I would recommend this book to anyone who does not mind a bystanding narrator to Biblical events.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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