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.
After reading the first book in Angela Hunt’s Dangerous Beauty series, I had high hopes for BATHSHEBA: RELUCTANT BEAUTY. Told from the points-of-view of Bathsheba and the prophet, Nathan, we are told the tale of a beautiful girl who grows up to become an even more beautiful woman – one who learns a harsh lesson in forgiveness after a terrible deed. There isn’t a lot of info about Bathsheba and her marriage to King David in the Bible, but Angela Hunt fills in the details of what “might have been” and makes them more real to the reader. One doesn’t have to be follower of the Bible to enjoy this story, by the way. Rich detail and stellar character development will appeal to readers of all genres. Angela Hunt is fast becoming one of my favourite authors of Biblical Fiction.
With a refreshing take on the much maligned mother of King Solomon, I give BATHSHEBA: RELUCTANT BEAUTY 4 stars ****.
*An e-copy of this book was sent to me from Bethany House via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review*