David and Bathsheba
David and Bathsheba is a spellbinding story of a gifted king and the woman he loved but could not have. Told from Bathsheba’s perspective, author Roberta Kells Dorr brings to life the passion that almost cost David his kingdom and tested a people’s courage and faith in God.
David and Bathsheba is colored richly with details of Bible-era Israel-from the details of the everyday way of life to details of the Jewish religion. Dorr brilliantly merges reality with folklore as she tells the story of two great characters of the biblical era. The book starts out with Bathsheba as a young girl and David as a strong willed rebellious military leader. It details the way they met and follows them all the way through their difficulties.
My thoughts and giveaway:
This book is rich in historical detail. It wasn’t quit what I expected but was still a good read. I will say, if you are looking for a quick, light read, this isn’t that kind of book.
It isn’t until about half way through the book does King David and Bathsheba even meet. Up until that point you are getting a lot of the ground work to set up that part of the story.
The author paints the picture for Bathsheba and how she came to marry Uriah and live in King David’s kingdom. There is great detail of battles and how David overcame so much.
This book really made me take a different look at Bathsheba and Uriah. Of course this is fiction and only the author’s opinion but there are some new things to think about. Wondering if Bathsheba wasn’t happy with Uriah? Wonder if he was a great warrior but a horrible husband? Wonder if Bathsheba was a willing party to the affair?
I had never looked at any of it like that, so it was something new for me.
My one complaint is that the print is very small and it almost made me feel overwhelmed when I first opened the book.
If you enjoy Biblical fiction full of detail you will enjoy this book.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.