Most everyone knows the Biblical story…the beautiful Bathsheba catches the eye of King David, who then commits one sin after another in his quest to have her for his own. Yet, there is much, much more to this story. After all, the Bible doesn’t tell us many details, let alone Bathsheba’s side of the drama.
For that, we are lucky to have Angel Hunt, who has created a beautifully researched and tenderly composed version of Bathsheba’s story. Hunt takes you into the world of Jerusalem around 1000 BC, makes you feel as though you are there, standing beside Bathsheba as she experiences the tragedies and joys that comprised her life.
I must say I appreciated Hunt’s approach to the tale, giving her readers a look at what may have been Bathsheba’s early years and her life before David changed everything for her. But it didn’t end there: Hunt also continues Bathsheba’s story throughout all of the years she spent in David’s palace. It was definitely the most comprehensive version of Bathsheba’s tale I’ve ever read.
More than that, Hunt also interspersed chapters which let us look through the prophet Nathan’s eyes. I was fascinated at her take on how God delivered His messages to Nathan and at Nathan’s reactions to those messages. Wonderfully done!
Over the years, I’ve read several versions of Bathsheba’s story. There is now no doubt that Angela Hunt’s Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty is my favorite rendition, so far. It sent me through the gamut of emotions, from big smiles to want-to-smack-someone to even a few tears in my eyes – that shows me that Hunt did a beautiful job with this story. I’d highly recommend you pick up a copy (and check out the first book in this Dangerous Beauty series – Esther: Royal Beauty).
Many thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!