February 24, 2016

David and Bathsheba


I love biblical retellings, and this one, centering on Bathsheba and King David is moving. It creates quite a visual in my head. It is evident that the author has researched and put a lot of love into writing this book. Biblical history, decorated with the author’s imagination. This is an emotional and memorable novel.

“It was evident to everyone in the crowded, darkened room that the king could not last through the night.” ~Quote from the prologue

David and Bathsheba, by Roberta Kells Dorr, is a lovely representation of these Biblical figures and historical era in which it took place. This is told in such a way that it is much more than a story of forbidden love. The book is told in four parts, (four books) touching accounts of four men in Bathsheba’s life:
·      Ahithophel (Bathsheba’s grandfather)
·      Uriah (Bathsheba’s husband)
·      David (Bathsheba’s unlawful suitor)
·      Solomon (Bathsheba’s son)

From the time of her grandfather’s influence, to the protection of her son, Solomon, who prophecy revealed would one day would be ruler of Israel, this story (stories) make the accounts come to life. The familiar story and characters come alive so vividly, and feel more familiar than historical figures. I like that even though the story is set during Old Testament times, the language used in this book is easily understood.

“The women of the harem began the terrible wailing for the dead, and David’s mighty men and counselors, tribesmen, officers, and servants let their tears flow openly and unashamedly.” ~Quote from page 6

These men, and women are vividly painted. They had faults, failures, doubts, and insecurities. I’ve gained a fuller understanding of the times, the rules, and laws of this time in history, and was blessed in the process.

“…David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman...” ~ 2 Samuel 11:2 (KJV)

5 Stars!

Cover: Like
Title: Love
Publisher: River North
Pages: 306
Pace: Steady
First Lines (Chapter/Book 1): Ahithophel, chief elder of the village of Giloh, paced back and forth across the courtyard of his home, kicking the well-curb as he passed. He was not used to waiting.

I received a Review Copy from MPNewsroom. I was not required to write a positive review and the options I have expressed are my own.