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Publisher's Summary

Ann Burton's critically acclaimed first novel in this compelling Biblical series tells the fictionalized tale of a young Jewish woman who makes and markets pottery to support her family. But when her brother's huge gambling debt threatens to enslave them, she convinces his creditor to marry her and forgive the debt. After her husband sends her to manage his herds in the hills far away, Abigail grows fond of the rustic inhabitants ¿ and of an enigmatic shepherd soldier who's on a collision course with her husband.
©2005 Penguin Group USA Inc (P)2007 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Abigail has a brief starring role in the Old Testament as the shrewd intercessor for peace between David and Abigail's miserly husband, Nabal....She's likable and believable, and Burton brings the ancient setting to life." ( Booklist)

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  • Cayce
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 07-26-07

Wordy

I chose this book for a long drive with my Mom. I thought she might enjoy the story. Unfortunately, we found our minds wandering instead.

I listen to a lot of audio books while I work. I often find I don't want to stop. This one, however, left us feeling like we wanted the author to get on with the story and cease the long wordy descriptions. If the author could say it in 200 words, she chose to say it in 600 instead.

I cannot recommend this book.

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  • Tina
  • Landrum, SC, United States
  • 12-09-08

Entertaining and well Aligned with the God's Word

This is the story of David's wife Abigail with whom he wed after her very selfish husband became ill and died. It is fiction because it elaborates on who Abigail was and what her life before, during, and right after the death of Nabal. But, it is a likely story and very well aligned with the story in the Bible. I did not find it wordy at all and once I listened through the first chapter I found the narrators voice to be beautiful and easy to listen to. Ann Burton did a great job with this book and I'm looking forward to reading others by her. I highly reccomend this audio book.

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Surprising frankness for "Bible" story

Personally, I don't have reservations about sexuality and the Bible. Correct understanding of the Song of Solomon is quite sensual and I think that's as it should be. When taking such liberties in storytelling, I think the same guidelines should be observed. In my opinion, This author crossed that guideline multiple times. I accept David was a healthy man but to research moralities of the time period, one would seriously question the correctness of this authors choice in this regard. Other than that, I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more about the women of our Bibles history!