Abigail: A Novel (The Wives of King David) by Jill Eileen Smith is about Abigail a beautiful and strong willed woman is betrothed to a handsome and rich man, Nabal. On their wedding night he is drunk and disrespects her father. Abigail tries to honor and respect her husband. Every day he abuses her but she keeps her head high. Her family decided to join a wandering tribe whose leader is David and he is traveling to avoid King Saul. King Saul does not like and respect David. David is destined to become King one day, and Saul is not fond of the idea. Abigail is released from her abusive husband when he suddenly dies. What is Abigail to do? Who will take care of her?
She is free and can move on with her life. With the help of her brother, Daniel she is taken in and protected by David. He marries her, and she is very happy. Although David marries many other wives throughout the story, he relies on her wisdom to help him serve God. Can David lead his people and still obey God? That question and many more are answered in the book.
Turmoil marked her life—what price must she pay for love?
About the Author-
Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests.When she isn’t writing, she enjoys time with her family, reading great stories, trying new recipes, and snuggling her two adorable cats. Jill’s 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. Her collection of Bible study helps and books on culture and history, along with an abundance of novels fills at least one shelf or bookcase in nearly every room in the house.
Although, I have not had the pleasure to read the first book in the series, I was able to read Abigail with no difficulty. Abigail is a wonderful book. I felt her pain, her triumphs and her happiness. It was realistic and believable. It showed how women lived in Biblical times, and it was well researched. I look forward to the next novel in the series Bathsheba. The Author did an excellent job in portraying such a wonderful woman.
Disclaimer: Available February 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I received a copy of the book from Revell and I was not compensated for the review of the book.