Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty

Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty

by Angela Hunt


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764216961
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: A Dangerous Beauty Novel Series
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 354,103
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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

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Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd always thought of Bathsheba as the temptress that tripped up David, because that's what I'd been taught. I loved learning what was happening culturally to give new perspective. My only complaint is that the story was too short. $10 seems a lot to pay for 300 pages.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Bathing Bathsheba Spied from Above—She Never Dreamed the King Brought Love. Bathsheba—the woman King David took in an adulterous relationship. Bathsheba—the woman King David murdered to keep. We’re 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 story—to help us see the woman who was caught up in the king’s 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 king’s army. In addition, Angie shows us the politics in play in the court, in the harem, and among the king’s sons. She sets the stage beautifully for the drama that played out in Jerusalem during David’s reign. This Bathsheba seems to be quite naïve about marriage and about life. She was older when married; eighteen—practically 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 child—and 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. You’ll 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 David’s other wives, came to life for me. David becomes more real—you 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 awards—RITA, 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be honest with you, I usually do not read "biblical fiction" or "biblical biographies". Most of them I find are inaccurate, or just not as interesting as reading the Bible itself. However, Bathsheba was such a powerful, amazing story due to the characters, the writing style, and the biblical accuracy.The story was told in the perspective of both Bathseba and Nathan, the prophet. At first, I didn't really like the idea of it being from Nathan's perspective because I was hoping for King David's perspective. But the author done a wonderful job portraying Nathan. One thing I didn't like about him, was his attraction to Bathseba. Not sure why, but I just didn't really enjoy that. People are always saying how Bathseba was a terrible lady. I never believed that, honestly, and reading about how someone else felt she was was really wonderful. I loved this new outtake on Bathsheba very, very much. The writing style was organized and so compelling. It captivated me from the very beginning and held my attention the whole entire book. Thankfully, this book was very biblically accurate. It's quite obvious the author spent much time on research. This book definitely earns 5/5 stars! I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
iStudyScripture More than 1 year ago
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 Angela Hunt, but she held her own. Even the Bible itself reveals David’s 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. It’s been less than a year since I’ve reviewed Esher: Royal Beauty. Therefore, I’ve spent a little less than a year pining over the release of Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty. Where Esther was my introduction to the Angela Hunt’s, 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
The story of Bathsheba and David has always fascinated me. Maybe due to my own past and the knowledge that David did these horrible things yet God says he is a man after His own heart. I’ve never given a lot of thought to how Bathsheba might have felt. I didn’t want to think of King David as raping her. I have to admit I didn’t like reading how selfish David was in taking Bathsheba, giving no thought to her or her husband but taking what he wanted. Of course, this is one authors interpretation of the events but in reality, it’s very likely Bathsheba was forced and wouldn’t dare say no to the King. I never thought about how Bathsheba might have really loved her husband and the heartbreak that would follow his death. The author made me think of all of these things and much more. The book covers much more than the encounter between David and Bathsheba. It also weaves in the curse on David’s family after this sin and how it impacted his kingdom. I loved being reminded of these other events, it made me want to crack open my Bible and refresh my memory. I really enjoyed the take on this story and how the author handled the situation and the overall love that can come from even horrible things. I also loved how Bathsheba was reminded of her past many times throughout her life but believed God can redeem all things. So true :) A e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.