I truly believe that God teaches us many things through story, and this wonderful glimpse into “the rest of the story” of Bathsheba’s life opens the reader to many facets of her life.
I have read the story of David and Bathsheba many times, know the Veggie Tales version, and loved the ending of Francine Rivers account of her life in her series “Lineage of Grace”. Angela let us feel the anger and grief that Bathsheba must have felt after David’s horrible actions towards her and her household. We follow along as she learns to forgive and even love this King she has been brought to. We grieve with Bathsheba and David as they lose their first-born son, and we understand her fear as she watches and waits for a very real threat to Solomon’s life to pass.
The telling of the story is shared by Nathan and Bathsheba. It provides us with a complete view of life in and around the castle of this Royal family. I found it a fascinating theory that Nathan had long been in love with Bathsheba from a distance…not sure about that, but it certainly added some interesting sides.
I have always been taken by Bathsheba and her story. How one so broken could find such favour from a king (a broken man himself). How from such a sinful beginning, God would raise one of his most faithful rulers. It is truly a story of redemption, God’s grace, and his love and favour for those who faithfully seek him.
Once again, Angela Hunt has reminded me why she is well nestled into my top 5 favourite authors. She certainly does not disappoint in this novel – one I had to slowly read, so as to be able to savour the story so masterfully woven. I am thankful to Graf Martin Communications, the Nuts About Books program and Baker Publishing for the opportunity to independently review this book.