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A biblical reimagining from Angela Hunt which tells the story of one of the Bible's most misunderstood and misjudged women, Bathsheba.

The pursuit of God's promise of a lifelong reign and eternal dynasty leads King David to force himself on Bathsheba, the wife of a loyal soldier. The pregnancy that results, forces the king to murder her husband and add Bathsheba to his harem. Throughout the ordeal, Bathsheba battles to protect her son, all the while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse that hangs over the king's household.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0764216961
ISBN-13: 9780764216961
Series: Dangerous Beauty

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A Vivid and Moving Portrait of a Reluctant Queen

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.

Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, Angela Hunt paints a realistic portrait of the beautiful woman who struggled to survive the dire results of divine judgment on a king with a divided heart.

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The author of more than 100 published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in biblical studies in theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at www.angelahuntbooks.com.

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A MUST-READ from Angela Hunt!
    October 24, 2016
    KimW
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
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    Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty

    by Angela Hunt

    Rating: 4.5/5

    Book 2 in the Dangerous Beauty series

    Bethany House - Fiction | Historical Fiction

    If you've ever been to church, you've probably heard about King David. He was a man after God's own heart. He was a worshipper. He was a shepherd. He's the one with the slingshot who killed the mighty Goliath. But who really knew him? Who really understood him?

    Bathsheba is one character in the Bible who seems to be misunderstood or overlooked. She was married to Uriah, a soldier. She bathed outside, as was the custom, and David saw her and wanted her. She became pregnant and David tried to cover up his sins.

    Nathan the prophet spoke the word of God even if it was not what David wanted to hear. He prophesied what would happen because of what David did with Bathsheba.

    Angela Hunt cleverly and thoroughly weaves an amazing story of heartache and pain and redemption -- she transports the reader into Biblical times and fills in the gaps with her imagination. Hunt is a master at historical fiction and I'm always impressed with the details that she comes up with. Although I don't always agree with her character portrayals, Hunt is an impressive writer. The all-too-familiar story is still relevant today and Hunt drew a conclusion about David that I had never heard before. Switching the story from Bathsheba's to Nathan's perspectives was interesting at first, but I eventually got used to it. I would have loved some of David's inner thoughts but that would have changed the entire story. I appreciate how true the author stays to the Biblical accounts of David's life. I like seeing the flaws when you look up close because David was not a saint by any means. I now feel like I understand David more from reading a book from Bathsheba's perspective.

    I highly recommend this book and this author for Biblical historical fiction.

    I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Plymouth MA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Debs Dozen: Bathing Bathsheba Spied from AboveShe Never Dreamed the King Brought Love.
    April 26, 2016
    debhgrty
    Plymouth MA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Debs Dozen: Bathing Bathsheba Spied from AboveShe Never Dreamed the King Brought Love.

    Bathshebathe woman King David took in an adulterous relationship. Bathshebathe woman King David murdered to keep. Were all familiar with the story of Bathsheba, but most of us seem to figure the fault lay with the woman, not the lust filled man. Angela Hunt has reimagined the Biblical backstory on this storyto help us see the woman who was caught up in the kings desires, and who had no choice in her destiny.

    We see a woman much in love with her husband, Uriah, and the blissful year they had together after their marriage. We see the love Uriah had for Bathsheba and how he treasured her. We also see a man who, although a Hittite, was totally loyal to King David and to his role in the kings army. In addition, Angie shows us the politics in play in the court, in the harem, and among the kings sons. She sets the stage beautifully for the drama that played out in Jerusalem during Davids reign.

    This Bathsheba seems to be quite nave about marriage and about life. She was older when married; eighteenpractically ancient in that culture. She adored Uriah and was pleasantly surprised to find life with the man delightful. She admired his strength, his passion, his loyalty, and his gentleness. Bathsheba was distraught when the time came for him to go back to the battle front. She was also dismayed that every month during their year together brought proof she had not conceived a childand was depressed when after he left, she discovered yet again she was not with child.

    While in the mikvah (bath) in their backyard being purified after her time of uncleanliness according to the custom, she was seen by the king, who was looking over his balcony at the houses below. She was summoned. She went thinking the king had news of her husband. She was dismayed and appalled and shocked and shamed when he raped her and then sent her home.

    Youll want to read this wonderful book. The characters are warm and well-drawn. The passions run hot and strong. The politics are evil and manipulative. Life and death is only a heartbeat away at any moment. I grew to love Bathsheba. I mourned with her when Uriah is killed. Living in the harem was eye-opening. Michal and Abigail, two of Davids other wives, came to life for me. David becomes more realyou begin to understand the man behind the legend.

    Angela Hunt has another winner in her Dangerous Women series. Esther was excellent; Bathsheba is brilliant. I look forward to the next book in the series. Five stars.

    Angie Hunt is a prolific writer with over one hundred books to her credit that have sold over five million copies. She has won a multitude of awardsRITA, Christy, Holt Medallion and others. She completed her doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2008 and is working on her ThD. She and her husband and their mastiffs live in Florida. And she takes the most wonderful photographs of dogs in their local rescue facility to aid in their adoptions.

    Bethany House, a division of Baker Books, gave me a copy of Bathsheba in exchange for my unbiased review.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Bathsheba - a story of Redemption and Faithfullness
    October 26, 2015
    D. L.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love it when an author drives me to my Bible while reading a work of fiction. This latest offering from Angela Hunt proved to be just that kind of enjoyable read.

    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.
  4. Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Bathsheba ~ Angela Hunt
    October 2, 2015
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is book # 2 in the dangerous beauty series. The story is a fictional bible story of Bathsheba and not far from the true bible story. This book will have you wanting to grab your bible and read about Bathsheba, King David and Nathan. Angela does a great job of putting you in a place with such detail that you feel you are right in the book itself. The story is so well written you will not want to put it down, the short chapters make you feel you can read just one more before going to bed. It is very heart warming, makes you angry, makes you feel sad for Bathsheba and so much more. This book makes you wonder and think, do you make choices fast or do you wait to hear GOD speaking before you act?

    I would recommend it to women of all ages and those that want to read a great bible story. It is a long book, but will go fast because you will get so wrapped up in the characters and their lives. I loved this book and can't wait for book #3.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Bethany House Reviews. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
  5. Cabot, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty
    October 1, 2015
    IVLeague
    Cabot, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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 its through this tale may clear Bathsheba of her long held title seductress.

    Tampering with the reputation of David a man after [Gods] own heart could have gone terribly sideways for Angela Hunt, but she held her own. Even the Bible itself reveals Davids many mistakes, contrasting them with a merciful God and a humbled king. Viewing these ups and downs in his life through the reimagined lens of his wife, Bathsheba, was compelling and thought provoking.

    Hunt is proficient in revealing a story through dialog. In this particular book, she relies heavily on the prophet Nathan to foreshadow events and to allow readers into places and conversations Bathsheba could not have step. An oft repeated prophecy about Bathsheba is an invention of the author, otherwise historical events hold close to scripture. For this reason, I felt there were only a handful of really remarkable twists to the tale.

    Its been less than a year since Ive reviewed Esher: Royal Beauty. Therefore, Ive spent a little less than a year pining over the release of Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty. Where Esther was my introduction to the Angela Hunts, Bathsheba secures her a place on my must read author list.

    4 stars

    VERY GOOD

    I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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