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Bathsheba

Reluctant Beauty
Series: Dangerous Beauty, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)
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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.

©2015 Angela Hunt Communications, Inc. (P)2015 Recorded Books

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  • Michael
  • Easley, SC, United States
  • 08-26-16

Loved it!

Wonderfully told story of Bathsheba and King David. It was told through the eyes of Bathsheba and the prophet Nathan. "Bathsheba" was as good as her book "Ester". Angela Hunt is a gifted writer of biblical fiction. Although considered fiction, it is fact-based and very accurate. Highly recommend this inspiring story.

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Outstanding in every way!!

From the writing by the Author to the reading by the narrators, this book is outstanding! Absolutely flawless. I was lost in the story!! I felt not only like I was actually there watching all that happened but recognized my sinfulness in the greed, jealousy and selfishness of some of the characters. Its so easy to look back and say "I would never have..." But this book makes it clear that we are all sinful and in need of a loving God and more than that, to seek and obey Him!! Listen to this book and enjoy all it has to teach you about yourself. I feel as if I personally met Bathsheba. Kudos to the author.

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I wish I hadn't even started it.

If you are a christian, I would avoid this book. I realize it is a fictional story, but it invents a story about David that makes him into a monster, when he is historically known as a "man after God's own heart". I can't review the full book since I had to stop just a couple hours in, as soon as I realized the liberties the author was taking.

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 07-29-18

quite the lady

Bathsheba lived quite a life and was quite the lady. This book is a work of fiction but truth is interwoven into the story. Bathsheba was prophesied that she would bear a son that would be one of Israel's greatest kings. That son turned out to be King Solomon who she had with King David.

There plenty of trials and tribulations in getting Solomon to be king. Bathsheba was married when King David viewed her in her backyard and was smitten with her and decided he had to have her even though she was married and knew it would be a sin to take her. But take her he did. Then she turns up pregnant and King David conspires to have her husband sent into battle where he was killed. It came out via Nathan the Prophet that he had intentionally sent him to where he would be killed. But King David married Bathsehba when he learned she was with child so she wouldn't be discarded for his sin and she became one of his 17 wives. But she was always King David's favorite. It was prophesied that their first born son would die and he did die after 4 days. They suffered but eventually had more children, the next son being Solomon. There was constant turmoil in the House of David with lots of scheming by other sons who wanted to be king. But in the end the prophesy came true. This book is interesting if you liek these kind of subjects.

I had read another book by this author, 'Esther' and enjoyed it. I have to admit, though, I chose this book because of Leonard Cohen. I spent several years trying to figure out what the lyrics of his classic son, 'Hallelujah', were about. I finally googled the song to finally learn the song was about King David's desire to have Bathsheba. The thought I should read this book wouldn't go away and I finally got to it and I'm glad I did. All these years later Bathsheba is probably more famous than even due to the song.

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Loved Loved Loved this book.

Makes one think of Bathsheba from a different perspective. It also makes one wonder about Solomon's influence in Africa.

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Well worth reading.

Excellent read. Very enjoyable in depth novel depicting the story of Bathsheba, the beloved queen of King David.

Angela Hunt has done it again with her talented skill in her added dramatized writing about characters of the the men and women of the Bible, during the time of the rule of kings, while keeping it real with its truths.

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Biblical "fiction" at its best

Very creative and thoughtful telling of King David and Bathsheba's story. Beautifully and creatively written!

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Had to Stop Listening

I couldn't finish the book. The scene depicting David forcing himself upon Bathsheba made my stomach turn. I had hoped it would be like Esther, but I was wrong.

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  • Marva
  • Gaithersburg, MD, United States
  • 02-10-19

Bathsheba

Angela Hunt is among the best. This is a Great book. Awesome narrators. Fabulously told. Loved it!!! It gets a 10 star💫

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Amazing Insight

such insight into this Queen her life , most of all her love for God.

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  • Suzduz
  • 10-29-18

A powerful insight

This story brings alive a unique woman and the dangerous world she found herself. I feel I know her well.