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Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty (A Dangerous Beauty Novel) Book Review

For the most, except for recent history, women have been excluded from the biblical and historical narrative. A majority of women have remained nameless and faceless. The lucky few who have been named and allowed brief biographies, but we know little of them beyond the basic details that we are told.

In Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty (A Dangerous Beauty Novel), by Angela Hunt, Bathsheba is the wife of Uriah, a soldier in King David’s army. Watching her as she bathes, David is taken by her. Feeling guilty for forcing her to break her marriage vows and for the coming child that was not fathered by Bathsheba’s husband, David sends Uriah to the front, where he is killed. David married Bathsheba and adds her to his harem. The prophet Nathan has already spoke of not just of her future, but the future of their son who will be king. But it will not easy with the one two punch of a dark curse threatening David’s dynasty and many who hide personal ambition behind the polite smile.   

Will the curse come to pass? Will Bathsheba watch her son ascend to the throne or will he descend to the violence and chaos of David’s world?

I read Ms. Hunt’s first book earlier in the year. What I like about her books is the delicate balance of an engaging narrative with historical details that make the story and the characters come alive.  While the novel could have easily been bogged down into a documentary or a history book, Ms. Hunt has the enviable talent of telling a well written story that easily transports the viewer back to a time and place that does not exist anymore.

I recommend it.

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Royal Beauty Book Review

The Jewish holiday of Purim is the story of Queen Esther. Using her intelligence in a situation that might have brought most women to their knees in fear, Esther is able to rescue herself and her people from the hatred of her husband’s main confidant.

Published this year, Angela Hunt’s new novel, Esther: Royal Beauty (A Dangerous Beauty Novel), explores Esther’s story beyond the basic facts that the Bible tells us.

Hadassah is a Jewish orphan, raised by her cousins Mordechai and Miriam. At the age of 13, she lives a relatively care free life, but she knows that will soon change. Following tradition, she knows that she will soon marry Binyamin, the young man chosen for her by her guardians. Then Queen Vashti decides to go against King Xerxes (Ahasuerus in the Bible). For her insubordination, she is punished by being removed from the throne. Searching for a new Queen, Hadassah (renamed Esther to protect herself) is among the young women brought before the king. She is soon crowned Queen. But a man comes to power who threatens the lives of the Jews and Esther must save herself and her people from destruction.

The story alternatives between two narratives: Hadassah and Harbonah, a eunuch whose sole responsibility is the king’s personal welfare. Mingling the history of the period and the Biblical narrative, Ms. Hunt has written an engaging novel that will early on grip the reader and not let go until the final page.

I highly recommend this book.

 

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