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Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty

(Dangerous Beauty #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  952 ratings  ·  173 reviews
After sending his army to besiege another king's capital, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier's wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king's household.

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Bethany House
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Raechel Lenore
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
I was really quite disappointed with this book. =/

I hadn’t read any books by Angela Hunt before and so when “Bathsheba” came up for review,I was interested in reading it. And indeed the cover is beautiful (besides the unrealistic amount of makeup… ^.^).
But this book was unfortunately, not a favourite for me. There were several parts that I had to skip because they were really inappropriate – it would make a person blush, truly. I don’t think that is necessary at all to have it in any book, but
SUMMARY: One of the Bible's most misunderstood and misjudged women, Bathsheba comes to life in this new biblical reimagining from Angela Hunt. Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, this is an eye-opening portrait that will have you reconsidering everything you thought you knew about her.

After receiving God's promise of a lifelong reign and an eternal dynasty, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier's wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her hu
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm careful about what biblical fiction I pick up. I've read many 'novelizations' of Bible characters and found most of them inaccurate in glaring ways. Yes, we'll never know the full story, just what's been given to us but if you don't follow what's obvious from the Bible, what's the point?!?
However, because of the author, I requested this book to review and I don't regret it. Hunt has clearly done her research!! It was fascinating to get into the culture and read the story I've heard so many t
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
David and Bathsheba are the two most pivotal characters in the Bible. Being raised as a Christian, often I heard of the sin of David and how it is easy to fall into adultery. Even though that David was a man after God's heart, it was very easy for him to trust his willpower and not God grace to empower Him. Although this book was about Bathsheba and her transgressions, I felt that Nathan was unnecessary for the most part. Why are the readers knowing about how he felt about his love ones? Why are ...more
DNF AT 49%


I can't do this anymore unfortunately. I thought I could finish this one being my very first Angela Hunt boo but honestly....I just can't. I'm having way too many issues with this and it doesn't seem like the actual DAVID AND BATHSHEBA story but more like the BATHSHEBA AND PROPHET NATHAN story and it just didn't feel the same.

A few issues I had and one of them BIG TIME was the night David slept with Bathsheba. Here's a snippet of
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
Bathsheba Reluctant Beauty

I always start a Biblical fiction novel with a little hesitation. I have my own ideas about Bible characters that have been formed over many years. When I read Biblical fiction, I want a fresh idea of the character but a true account of the story. Angela Hunt has done both with this story of Bathsheba. I have read several novelizations of the David and Bathsheba story and this is definitely my favorite. The characters were so real and flawed. She captured the time perio
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What do you know about Bathsheba from the Bible? Well, I didn't remember much---just that David risked everything to have her as his wife. And that she was the mother of Solomon, Israel's wisest king. Most people think of David as the main character in the David and Bathsheba story. Many think of Bathsheba as a "hussy" or perhaps a pawn in the king's hand. But Angela Hunt shows us a different perspective. She tells the story from the point of view of Bathsheba and of Nathan, the prophet who publ ...more
Amanda Geaney
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Bible tells us in 2 Samuel 11, “[David] saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. .. David sent messengers and took her,” Did you catch it, the 4 letter word that indicates how the king, the most powerful man in the kingdom of Israel, coveted and took? Angela Hunt did- and before it’s through this tale may clear Bathsheba of her long held title — seductress.

Tampering with the reputation of David “a man after [God’s] own heart” could have gone terribly sideways for
Sep 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs, couldnt-finish
Full disclosure: I only made it about 10% of the way through and I knew at Chapter 2 that this would not be the book for me.

Painting Nathan, of all people, the prophet who confronts and convicts David about his sin with Bathsheba, as a man who lusts after her himself, frequently "painting her face over his wife's" when they are intimate was enough to make me sick.

Nathan was human, so obviously he sinned. And given that the Bible describes Bathsheba as being desirable in appearance, it is possib
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The story of David and Bathsheba is arguably one of the Bible’s most notorious tales. It has all the trappings of a contemporary soap opera – love and lust, secrets and murder. And all of this drama stems from the unlikeliest of sources – the man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22), the shepherd boy turned king, David. To believers David is often viewed as an unassailable paragon of virtue, one incapable of willfully being led astray by another man’s wife. And so setting aside any ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
*takes slow breath*

I know the Bible story. The story is centered around David, how he succumbed to lust and did horrible things because of it. Bathsheba is barely a character, she's there for David to have sex with and to bear the child that dies. We never get her side of the story, whether she came to David willingly or because one didn't disobey the king, her reaction to the death of her husband and her unnamed son, her life as one of David's harem all through the rise and fall of his kingship
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've often said that I normally give Biblical fiction a wide berth, but if it's written by Angela Hunt, I know it is steeped in research and Biblical truth. The first of her Dangerous Beauty novels, Esther: Royal Beauty, captivated me, and I was intrigued by the concept of tob beauty as Angela Hunt explained it when I interviewed her last summer. This new novel is just as compelling. Much of the story of David and Bathsheba in the Bible focuses on David, and Hunt's portrayal of Bathsheba's perse ...more
Diane Moyle
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second in the Dangerous Beauty Series from Angela Elwell Hunt and she just keeps getting better!! This is the story of another ravishing beauty from the Bible, Bathsheba. As with Ms. Hunt’s previous novel, Esther, it once again proves that beauty can be both a blessing and a curse.

Ms. Hunt has done an outstanding job bringing the story of David and Bathsheba to life! Although she has followed the Old Testament story of these two, she fills in the details of how their life could hav
Chris Webber
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well this was a rip roaring reading experience for me. Other than The Red Tent this is new foray into biblical fiction. Irony, of course, because I believe the bible is fiction so it all meshes together nicely. So the author gets all the freedoms from me for artistic license. To her credit shle has done quite a bit of research work lining up her story with the bible.

The portrayal of Nathan the prophet is realistic. As is David. As is Bathsheba.

Here's a spoiler alert. All men, real or imaginary,
Rozanne Visagie (Willow's Corner)
This was the first book I read of author Angela Hunt, since then if I see any of her books I buy them! I loved this book, it got sad at times but the reader sees a different side of the life of Bathsheba, the reader learns to love her. What a great book!! I will definitely recommend it.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This story is all about Bathsheba and David. I really enjoyed Angela Hunt's first book, Esther, in the Dangerous Beauty trilogy and this book was even better. Esther is my favorite book of the Bible but, I love King David's devotion to God. He was by no means a perfect man with no sin but no one is. Every day we sin but with God's forgiveness we are made new and King David understood that as well as Bathsheba. Their life and how their paths crossed was not easy but God had a plan in life and
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve read the first book in this series as well, and came away with much the same impression.

Angela Hunt does an amazing job of taking these biblical stories and weaving credible stories and characters around them. Her research is impeccable, and she stays faithful to the bibilical text whilst using the scope given by the many gaps to fill these in.

Here, for example, she takes the widely held view of Bathsheba as a scheming temptress and turns it on its head. The biblical story tells us that she
Nay Denise
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-favorite
Of the entire trilogy this is definitely my favorite and the only one to get a 5 star rating. Thoroughly enjoyed this!!

Full review to come!


Full review written 7/13/20

This was an amazing read! I've read the entire trilogy of Dangerous Beauty and of the three books this was the only one to get a full 5 star rating which it's well deserving of. Angela Hunt didn't stray away from the humanness of the story of Bathsheba and King David. We all know that David took her and kille
Deborah Schultz
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! The author took a few scriptures and dreamed up what could have been the rest of the story. She doesn't contradict scripture and uses historical and cultural facts of the Jewish people. Her afterward explains her reasoning and choices, as well as citing scripture and other sources, while pointing out parts that are true and parts that are fiction. I like that this paints Bathsheba in a good light, and not as though she was the evil seductress of David. This book made the story of D ...more
Bree Reads
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Another excellent book by Angela Hunt! I loved every single word on every single page. I had no idea that Bathsheba went through so much. This book is a rich feast. It brings the true Biblical account of Bathsheba and David to living color. This is a book I'll read again and again. Bravo Angela Hunt!
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great book from Angela Hunt. She really gets you to think about the people in the bible as real people with all the same hurts, joys and dreams as us. Clearly you need to read her books as fiction though.
C.E. Hart
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-fiction
What a beautiful retelling of the biblical story of Bathsheba! It is remarkable how much research and love went into writing this book. Kudos to Angela Hunt for the care she puts into her craft. History, imbued with the author’s imagination, binds this story into a powerful, emotive, and memorable novel.

“When pleasant days are hard to find, pull out your memories and live in them until happiness returns.” ~Quote from the book

Bathsheba…Reluctant Beauty is the second book in the three-part novel s
Most everyone knows about the story of Bathsheba and David. It is one of the most scandalous moments in the reign of King David. Yet, it is also a story of repentance, forgiveness, and redemption. It is a story that shows God’s love for us. Yet there has been a controversy as to whether Bathsheba was a willing participant or a victim. In this retelling, Bathsheba is a victim, and it is a journey of forgiveness.

Bathsheba did not have it easy in this novel. It was prophesied in the beginning that
Christian Fiction Addiction
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have long loved the story of David and Bathsheba, not because the story in and of itself is necessarily inspiring. In fact, reading through Angela Hunt's "Bathsheba", I was reminded of the tragedy of the story, and that a man charged with tending to Israel as God's beloved engaged in adultery and murder. However, I just find it so amazing that God includes the stories of people in the Bible who mess up so royally, and yet are forgiven and loved by God, such as is the case here. Hunt does a mar ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I was given an advanced copy in return for my honest review.**

This is another book that I finished quite quickly. About 24 hours from start to finish, and that was between the regular stuff I had to get done!

This book is based on the story of Bathsheba from the bible. I am familiar with the story but don't recall many of the details. I love that this is written in "plain English." I'm the first to tell you that sometimes I have a really hard time reading the bible. This book took a familiar s
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, fiction
"Bathsheba" is Biblical fiction. The author clearly spent a lot of time researching the biblical text and learning about the culture behind the story. She wove this information into the story to help explain the "why" behind certain scenes. The author carefully followed what we're given in the biblical record but filled out the story with what can reasonably be inferred from that record. Having carefully studied the story previously, I agree with the direction she took the story for the very rea ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Many people like to avoid biblical fiction because they don’t want to add to the bible. For myself, I read a biblical fiction book like Angela Hunt’s and it drives me to the bible. I especially loved all the footnotes in the end, references, and notes on the research behind this book.

Bathsheba was a beautiful woman. Her beauty to her, seemed as if a curse. This story is told in first person from two points of view, Bathsheba and Nathan, the prophet. It fully will make you dig into the bible and
Yo Leo Ficción Cristiana
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015


Angela Hunt captivated me with her novel based on the book of Esther, so I had a look my eye on her next book Bathsheba, because I was curious about how the author would write a novel about a not-so-loved biblical character.

In the Bible, Bathsheba is rarely mentioned and there are not so many facts about her life. In this novel, we meet a slightly younger Bathsheba; from how she met King David until she became the mother of King Solomon.

The novel doesn’t try to mini
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley & Bethany House for the ARC of "Bathsheba : Reluctant Beauty". I chose this book based on the cover, and very short description provided by Netgalley. While I did learn a different side to Bathsheba's life, to the one often assumed by Bible readers, I did find this a very difficult book to follow. Not only does it portray King David, as weak,stupid & selfish, it could be that the way in which they lived during those times that struck me, I had a difficult time understandin ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderfully refreshing look at the biblical story of Bathsheba. I will admit that at first, I was not sure if I would enjoy the book but I am so glad that I took the time to read this account of Bathsheba. The author took a different spin to Bathsheba's story but stayed very true to what was written in the Bible about Kind David and the biblical times that Bathsheba found herself in. The fictionalized parts of the story were really very well executed and brought the story to life in an un ...more
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