Abigail: A Novel

Abigail: A Novel

by Jill Eileen Smith


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Abigail's hopes and dreams for the future are wrapped up in her handsome, dark-eyed betrothed, Nabal. But when the long-awaited wedding day arrives, her drunken groom behaves shamefully. Nevertheless, Abigail tries to honor and respect her husband despite his abuse of her.
Meanwhile, Abigail's family has joined David's wandering tribe as he and his people keep traveling to avoid the dangerous Saul. When Nabal suddenly dies, Abigail is free to move on with her life, and thanks to her brother, her new life includes a new husband—David. The dangers of tribal life on the run are serious, but there are other dangers in young Abigail's mind. How can David lead his people effectively when he goes against God? And how can Abigail share David's love with the other wives he insists on marrying?
Jill Eileen Smith, bestselling author of Michal, draws on Scripture, historical research, and her imagination as she fills in the blanks to unveil the story of Abigail and David in rich detail and drama. The result is a riveting page-turner that will keep readers looking forward to the next book in this trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800733216
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Series: Wives of King David Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 382
Sales rank: 520,561
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill is the author of the bestselling Michal and lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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Abigail 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
mesuloveshim More than 1 year ago
Jill Smith does an excellent job of developing biblical characters and inventing a supporting cast. She has skillfully woven together a multi-faceted story to create a compelling, touching drama of Israel's most beloved king. Abigail's early struggles with her foolish first husband, Nabal, reveal her grace and composure under pressure; but her wisdom and love of YAHWEH ultimately set her apart and win David's devotion. The reason I read biblical fiction is to send me deeper into the lives of biblical characters. I want the author to challenge me to see something new in the history or in a character that I haven't perceived in my daily perusal of the Scriptures. Jill Eileen Smith has done that with King David and with Abigail. In both of these characters I saw their spiritual struggles with God. I felt their emotional battles and their victories. This book turned my heart back to David's Psalms for comfort and to 1 & 2 Samuel for clarification. Bravo, Jill! I'll be recommending these books heartily!
JEP More than 1 year ago
Jill brings King David, Abigail, Saul, and many others of the Bible to life and allows you to enter their world to live their hurts, their frustrations, their emotions and their victories. You will feel that you have been there as she captures the very air that they breathe and the dirt on their feet and you will be drawn into the intricate threads of this story as never before. This is not just a story or a book - it is a journey you will not soon forget.
bantzbooks.com More than 1 year ago
Abigail, a graceful fifteen-year-old Israelite, is sold by her father to the handsome but cruel Nabal to reduce his debt to Nabal's father. And although she bristles at Nabal's mistreatment, she finds solace in her secret garden, praying to Jehovah and longing to be loved. That will eventually be granted, but not without problems. Perhaps love-at any price-is worth it. This exciting second book in THE WIVES OF KING DAVID series swept me back to ancient times as Israel's first king Saul sought David's life. Jill Eileen Smith made me feel as if I were there in the hillside hideouts with David and his soldiers hiding from Saul's army and dealing with the sometimes unsettling effects of having wives and children in tow. Expertly researched and skillfully written, Abigail and David become real people with real faith in God. And real weaknesses. I loved this book! 375 pages.
palmtreegirl24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Second in the Wives of King David series, Abigail is a beautiful story about one woman's journey towards marriage to a king and how she keeps her faith in God along the way. Although we only have what Scripture tells us of Abigail and her story, Jill Eileen Smith fills in the blanks of what might have been to give us a wonderful story of a faithful woman and wife. Through her trials and terrors of being married to Nabal, her first husband, to her marriage to David and her jealousy of his other wives. This story is brought to life through Jill Eileen Smith's wonderful descriptions of sights, smells, sounds, and characters.Storyline: Abigail is forced to marry the abusive Nabal, and tries to be a faithful and good wife. When she one day she learns that David is coming to take revenge on her husband and his household, she decides to take matters in to her own hands. After her husband dies from the shock of what she has done, she receives word from David that he is willing to take her has his wife and take care of her. She quickly accepts, wanting another chance to have the husband she always dreamed of. Will life as a king's life be all that she wants?
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awesome story because of the setting and romantic elements. The writing was flawless and I was totally into this book the entire time I read it. Wonderfully edgy in some parts, too.
Lisan_48 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series by Jill Eileen Smith. She brings these women to life and gives us a glimpse into the historical background of the time. Keep 'em coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will love abigail. Wonderful story and characters. Full of historicalfacts and events. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ii feel i know abigaij and see myself and others i know in the wives of david. Time may be berween us but what womrn feel and want in a husband are still so simar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
King David's third wife and love, Abigail. Who loved Yahwah as much as David himself. Abigail, a broken woman w gave hetself to David . Abigail a mother of 3 of Davids royal children. Abigail, who tried to be a peacemaker in a large harem. The love of King David's life. Who was taken too early. Wasn't meant to be. I loved this woman and the author makes you feel as if you are right there with them. A good npiece of history, woven into a beautiful setting. A must read, thanks for a beautiful tale based on reality.
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TLJo More than 1 year ago
Thank you for once again bringing to life the wives of King David. This series really helps me understand the times and helps make the Bible more understandable. I'm looking forward to reading more of your books.
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Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
My Synopsis: Abigail (The Wives of King David - Book 2) by Jill Eileen Smith David has yet to become King. He and his band of followers are on the run from Saul's army. During this time David meets Abigail, the wife of Nabal of Carmel. Abigail has led a life of pain and heartache as Nabal's wife, always in fear of his violent temper. When Abigail helps David to feed his people, Nabal's anger turns on her, but he is stricken down and soon after dies. David takes Abigail as his third wife. Abigail soon learns that being a wife of powerful man has it's disadvantages. As her love for David grows, she is forced to see that his affection will never be wholly hers. The fact that she has not produced a son, is also a misfortune and she wonders if she will ever truly be happy. Will Abigail give David a son, she most desperately wants? When will David become King and how will that change their lives? Does David love Abigail? My Thoughts: Jill Eileen Smith does an superb job with the second book in The Wives of King David series. Abigail is poignant and full of deep emotion. Readers will feel Abigail's fear on her wedding night as Nabal shows his contempt for her family and her religion. They will be instantly be transported to the time of 1 & 2 Samuel with the amazing descriptions. It was easy to see why David was so loved by his followers, as he attends to their needs. Smith, shows David as not only the warrior, but the lover and poet. I loved his character very much. Abigail's character is so human, letting her emotions of jealousy and worry get to her as many women do. I loved this book! Definitely, one of my favorites of the year! I can't wait to read the next installment in the series, Bathsheba, due out next year.
VicG More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of interviewing Jill Eileen Smith, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for her new book, "Abigail" Book Two in her Wives of King David series published by Revell. When I finally get to Heaven and after I meet Jesus and my family and friends there are certain individuals from the Bible that I want to track down and spend some time with. Abigail is one of those individuals. Michal, King Saul's daughter, was the first wife of David given to him because David defeated Goliath so there was no love there. But Abigail steals David's heart and as soon as she is a widow he sends for her and marries her. The romance between David and Abigail is told with such detail by Ms. Smith that you feel that you are there feeling the heat of the day or the cold of the night and you feel comforted by the warmth of the campfire. Ms. Smith makes Abigail and David come alive and we get a chance to walk with them and share their adventures intimately. We see what they see, we feel what they feel simply because Ms. Smith is such a great storyteller. "Abigail" is a romance like no other and needs to be savored soaking in the relationships between all the characters and God. I am looking forward the the next book in the series If you missed the interview for "Abigail" and would like to listen to it please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where it is available On Demand. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." Available February 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
This novel should be on the NY Times best-seller list. I'm not kidding! In fact, I don't think I've ever said this before about any book I've reviewed. For people who love Biblical fiction, this story should knock their socks off. I'll tell you why... I was totally entrenched in the lives of the characters and the setting the entire time I read this book. I would've read it straight through if life hadn't gotten in the way. I loved the realism, the emotion, the romance, the way the characters communicated. And the whole multiple wives and the jealousies between them was masterfully done. The writing in this book was also top-notch. It was gripping and smooth with no jarring moments or clunky writing phrases. Can you tell I loved this book? Abigail's story touched my heart, inspired me, and made me want to love people more. I also loved the multiple love scenes between Abigail and David. Hot, but tasteful, which is the way it should be. Very realistic and just edgy enough to make me want to say, "Go, Jill!" The way the author illustrated Abigail's marriage to Nabal was great, but it was even more exciting when her life touched David's. And when she had her first child I was impressed with how she showed David's handling of the situation and her misunderstanding it. Here is the best part! Unlike a lot of secular Biblical fiction authors, Jill Eileen Smith shows David's imperfections and those of his wives with great taste and in a way that honored God. He was easy to love in spite of his flaws because she handled his character development so well, while at the same time keeping it true to the Scriptures. One of my favorite aspects of this story was how the author sprinkled various Scriptures into the scenes when they were appropriate. Wonderful, wonderful book and highly recommended.