Bathsheba (The Wives of King David #3)
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Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her devout husband away fighting the king's wars for many months at a time, discontent and loneliness dog her steps--and make it frighteningly easy to succumb to King David's charm and attention. Though she immediately regrets her involvement with the powerful king, the pieces are set in motion that will destroy everything she...more
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Published March 1st 2011 by Revell (first published January 2011)
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Janna
In my opinion Biblical Fiction has to be one of the hardest genres to write in because you are taking something that is fact but there is not a lot of info on and fictionalizing it to bring it to life. So not only are you researching the ways and habits of the time period but you are researching the people as well. Jill Eileen Smith is a master of this. Her Wives of King David series is fantastic and this last book, Bathsheba, is a catch-22 for me. I wanted to see what she did with this difficul...more
Katie
Jill has skillfully crafted together a compelling and heart-wrenching book on the well-known story of David and Bathsheba. Never erring from the truth of the Scriptures, this book explores the thoughts and feelings of what David and Bathsheba might have been experiencing before, during, and after they fell into sin. The last in the Wives of King David series, this is a powerful and thought-provoking book!

The characters in Bathsheba were well developed and extremely well written. I really connect...more
Laura
Title: BATHSHEBA
Author: Jill Eileen Smith
Publisher: Revell
March 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3322-3
Genre: Inspirational/biblical fiction

Bathsheba is lonely. Her husband, Uriah, is away most of the year fighting the king’s wars, and Bathsheba has no child to keep her busy. With her loneliness increasing, it makes it all too easy to succumb to King David’s advances. But one night of passion will destroy everything she holds dear…

BATHSHEBA is the third book in Ms. Smith’s series The Wives of King David. I—...more
Ruth
For the concluding volume in The Wives of King David trilogy, author Jill Eileen Smith breathes life into the story of David’s most infamous wife, Bathsheba – a woman who came into his life through adultery, who in spite of her scandal-ridden past would come to have the honor of being named in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Like the previous two wives Smith brought to life (Michal and Abigail), Bathsheba’s past is again strikingly different from theirs, and her life intersects with a David who i...more
Rachelle Ayala
As author of Michal's Window, I read this book with great trepidation. Here is the woman who made King David stray into adultery. What would her story be like?

The book starts out innocently enough with Bathsheba a teenybopper and her friend Chava giddy with excitement at being invited to dine with the handsome king. While Chava provided all the hysterics, Bathsheba admired David from a distance.

Soon enough, she is married to Uriah, the loyal warrior. She grows restless with her husband's frequen...more
Amber Stokes
With sensitivity and tact, author Jill Eileen Smith tells King David and Bathsheba's story in a stirring and engaging way. The historical/biblical context is expertly incorporated into the fictional rendering, and the reader is drawn into the story with all senses on the alert and an open heart.

Bathsheba is wonderfully well-written, and even for those somewhat familiar with the story this historical fiction book offers a lot of insight. The subject of the story is not a happy one, and thus the b...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
One would not necessarily think that the story of David and Bathsheba would be an inspiring one, filled as it is with temptation and sin and murder. However, Jill Eileen Smith has breathed new life into a story recounted through the ages.

Bathsheba is a story rich in contrasts, from loneliness to love, from passion to grief, from the depths of despair to the healing hand of God. Smith has opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of David and Bathsheba's story. These Bible characters have been clo...more
Michelle
Bathesheba, the third book in the Wives of King David series, is a compelling end to a great trilogy. It's not an easy task to take something that happened in the Bible that is complex but true in all of its shameful detail, like the story of David and Bathsheba, and then make it believable so that the reader can see how it may have happened.

I have to admire the author for writing this book and making it compelling. I couldn't stop reading and I already knew what happened from reading the Bible...more
Kristina
I truly didn't know what to expect from this book, but what a refreshing perspective into the story of David and Bathsheba. Smith tells the biblical account so well and adds some imagination between the lines.

I enjoyed looking at David in a new light despite his mistakes. In the end, he did want to see peace when his consequences of his sin with Bathsheba involved death. God is gracious to all his children and it is evident in the story of David. After reading this book, I read the entire accou...more
Ann
Take a lonely woman and a wealthy man with too much time on his hands and you have the makings of one of today’s television dramas. When the woman’s name is Bathsheba, today’s story goes back a couple of thousand years.
Smith has written an engrossing tale of King David and his most famous—or infamous—wife, Bathsheba. To students of the Bible, the tale is a familiar one—at least on the surface. But Smith brings the characters to life in such a way that you can relate to their humanity rather th...more
Martine
I'm a bit sad that the story has finally come to an end, but I must say that this story was the definitely the one to end with. We've all heard part or even the whole story(and probably seen the movie) of David and Bathsheba, but these historical novels which fleshed out his relationship dith Michal and Abigail really brought to life this old story.

I personally love old testament stories as they were always interesting, if not always fair! David, wasn't portrayed as this "higher and mighty" pio...more
Cindy
This story caught my attention, because I have always loved the stories of King David, and having read several of the other books in this series I definitely wanted to read this book.

Bathsheba was a lovely young woman, who had once been offered to King David as a bride, but after he had promised his wife Abigail, not to take anymore wives, he didn't accept her. Which was fine, because the man offering her, her grandfather, really didn't have the authority to do so, her own father had given her...more
Lisa
If anyone still believes scripture is dead and dusty after reading this book, that person would do better in front of a television set.

Smith faithfully follows scripture in her rendering of King David and Bathsheba in this third story of the Wives of King David. In a different world, a different era, survival often depended on a whim. David had such power and sometimes used it to his and others ruin. Smith's take on David was that he truly loved and felt complemented, first by Michal who had lit...more
Linda
What does a woman do when her husband is away at war for months at a time and she is lonely for love and intimacy? What does she do when the king summons her to his palace? Can she refuse his advances without personal repercussions to herself and her husband? Is she truly aware of her own culpability in the situation?

Jill Eileen Smith, in her book, Bathsheba, gives us an insider’s view of the inner conflicts and feelings of both Bathsheba and King David, both before and after their adulterous re...more
Victor Gentile
Jill Eileen Smith in her new book, "Bathsheba" Book Three in her Wives of King David series published by Revell gives us a fictional account of what might have happened with her life and that of King David.

Last year when I had the privilege of interviewing Ms. Smith on our radio show and we talked about what she was planning to do in "Bathsheba" Ms. Smith promised me that there would be some surprises in this book. Now that this book is out I assure you Ms. Smith was not kidding. Bathsheba is th...more
Michelle
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and of that I particularly like Biblical historical fiction. The books by Jill Eileen Smith are among some of the best of read in that category.

It is far too easy when reading your Bible, particularly the biographical accounts, to simply read them without really thinking about the fact that these were real people with real emotions and real issues...not altogether different than what you and I face today. A skillful author can write a Biblical hist...more
Jocelyn Green
Here’s the deal on this book. I already knew the story of Bathsheba and the aftermath of what David’s sin meant for the rest of his life. I think that really took away a lot of suspense and the “page-turner” quality I look for in a book. If you are not familiar with the biblical account, I’m sure this would hold your interest much better.

Having said that, I did appreciate that it fleshed out some parts of the story which are left unwritten in the Bible. For instance, why did Uriah refuse to go h...more
Carly
I don’t recall if I have ever read Biblical fiction before reading Bathsheba, so I really wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it or not. But, the story of Bathsheba and King David is a well known one and I was interested to see how Jill Eileen Smith would write a novelization of the story.

Let me just say, this book is fantastic. I was very surprised by how quickly I became engaged in this story and really had a hard time putting it down. It always amazed me when I read a story in the Bible that so comp...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Bathsheba by Jill Eileen Smith is the third book in the Wives of King David Series. Bathsheba is the beautiful young wife of Uriah, one of King David's Thirty, his leading warriors. War often keeps Uriah away from home, and Bathsheba is lonely and a bit angry that his absence has kept her from becoming pregnant. She knows a child would fill her heart and keep her from missing her husband quite so much, but Uriah is devoted to all of the various rules and rituals of the church, as well as his kin...more
Cafelilybookreviews
If you enjoy biblical fiction and haven’t had the chance to read The Wives of King David series by Jill Eileen Smith, I would encourage you to look up her books.


Bathsheba, the third and final title in this series was my favorite. While many will recognize the story of David and Bathsheba as the infamous adultery / murder scandal that it was, Jill also writes a beautiful story of repentance, forgiveness and grace.


I enjoyed the liberties that Jill took with the story while staying true to the bi...more
Kaylea
Smith puts a lot of time and energy into researching her stories and it truly shows in her stories.

She crafts her Biblical fiction in such away, that I found myself grabbing my Bible and re-reading familiar passages to see where she drew her inspiration.

I will admit, it took me a while to "dig into" the story, for two reasons:

1) I thought I knew enough of the story - that I questioned why I should read a novel about it. I mean, David and Bathsheba are probably one of the "this is how you make ba...more
Trinity Rose
Bathsheba is the first book I’ve read of Jill Eileen Smith, and it’s the third in The Wives of King David series. It was a great book as a stand alone or the third in the series.
Knowing the Bible I wondered if Jill Eileen Smith would follow the story in the correct way and I found out they did. The main events all went along with the Bible beautifully. The story was well thought out and the pictures she put in my head were just fantastic.
Many scenes were touching especially when David and Bathsh...more
Deborah
Bathsheba and her husband Uriah, are followers of Adonai. Though Uriah is a Hittite, he not only follows the law to the letter, he believes that the God of King David is the only One that deserves man's praise. Uriah is a member of the Mighty Thirty that protect the king and are part of David's inner circle. It is a life that takes him to the battlefield often, and leaves Bathsheba alone. She misses him when he is away, and resents that even when he is home, his mind is often on military matters...more
Louise
Baker Publishing Group| March 1, 2011| Trade Paperback| ISBN # 978-0-8007-3322-3

Story Description:

Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her devout husband away fighting the King's wars for many months at a time, discontent and loneliness dog her steps--and make it frighteningly easy to succumb to King David's charm and attention. Though she immediately regrets her involvement with the powerful King, the pieces are set in motion that will destroy everything she holds dear. Can she find fo...more
Pat
A story of redemption and grace. We all know the story of David and his seduction of Bathsheba. Jill Eileen Smith fleshes out the biblical account so that we feel we know Bathsheba better--a woman loved deeply by King David who is faithful to him after both receive forgiveness from God for their sins.

Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her devout husband away fighting the king's wars for many months at a time, discontent and loneliness dog her steps--and make it frighteningly easy to...more
Cheryl
Bathsheba is a loyal wife. She knows her duty as Uriah’s wife. Uriah is a military man for King David. Uriah worries that when he leaves again for war that Bathsheba won’t have anything to keep her occupied. Bathsheba and Uriah’s love is more about honor than it is about feelings.

While attending an event, Bathsheba meets King David. It is not long afterwards that Uriah leaves for war. It is at this time that King David can not get Bathsheba out of his mind. He sends for her and they end up shar...more
Abbie Riddle
This is book 3 in the Wives of David Series and is a keeper. I don't think I will ever look at the story of Bathsheba the same. I think when reading the scriptural account I have all too often not thought about the emotional implications of the acts perpetrated by David and Bathsheba or the extreme ramifications that occurred. For instance, I never considered how others thought of Bathsheba after Nathan confronted David with his sins in front of people. Nor have I ever given much thought as to w...more
Jennifer
I found this novel to be rather dull and monotonous. There was virtually no character development, which was a disappointment as it left David and Bathsheba as two-dimensional characters in a book rather than as historical figures brought to life.
However the biggest issue I had with this novel was that it was written as if David and Bathsheba were aware that they were biblical figures living in Old Testament times. This quote from historian David McCullough gives a great perspective about histor...more
April
BATHSHEBA by Jill Eileen Smith is an amazing Biblical fiction set 994 BC Jerusalem.
It is the third in her "The Wives of King David",but can be read as a stand alone. Book one, "Michal",Book two, "Abigail".It is written in narrative style with great attention to details and Biblical facts. It is heartwarming story of sin,redemption,love,treachery,triumph
and forgiveness. This is an emotional and piognant story of Bathsheba and King David. It shows Bathsheba's anger,and her emotional conflict for w...more
Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
As someone who did the Precept Bible study A Man After God's Heart by Kay Arthur, was a quizzing leader who taught kids 1st and 2nd Samuel I knew the story of David and Bathsheba quite well. However, Jill's book had me going back to my Bible to look at my notes. Jill has written a book that takes you to the heart of not only David, but Bathsheba. In this beautiful book you get to see the heartbreak that Bathsheba suffers because of the sin that David and her commit. I also learned that Proverbs...more
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Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the Wives of the Patriarchs series featuring Sarai, Rebekah, and upcoming Rachel, (Releases 2-1-14) as well as, the bestselling author of Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series published by Revell (Baker Publishing Group.)

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