Sunday, February 21, 2010

Abigail by Jill Eileen Smith - and giveaway

What price must she pay for true love?

Her days marked by turmoil and faded dreams, Abigail has resigned herself to a life with a man she does not love. But when circumstances offer her a second chance at happiness with the handsome David, she takes a leap of faith to join his wandering tribe. Still, her struggles are far from over. How can she share his love with the other women he insists on marrying?

Abigail follows the bestselling Michal and continues Jill Eileen Smith's rich story of David's wives.

I enjoy some Biblical fiction, and there is some that I do not. This book falls into the first category. I've always enjoyed reading about King David, and there is a lot written about him. One story that always caught my attention was the story of Abigail. The woman who took food to David and his men to save her household from David's wrath. Her wicked husband died from a heart attack, and she becomes one of David's wives.

I feel that the author, Jill Eileen Smith, did an excellent job of staying true to the Biblical narrative. Any Biblical fiction author has to add to and embellish the story, and she did in this book, but it did only add to the story. She also addressed the issues of multiple wives in a great way also. I highly enjoyed reading the book, and look forward to reading more in this series. And though this is the second book in The Wives of King David series - preceded by Michal - these books stand alone and can be read in any order.

About the author:

Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her 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. Jill is the author of the bestselling Michal and lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

The giveaway:

The author has graciously agreed to give away a book, and this giveaway is a bit different. The winner has a choice - you can either pick this book, Abigail, or the first book in the series, Michal. To enter, comment by saying which book you would pick if you win. And these books can stand alone and can be read in any order.

I will pick a winner 10 days from today, on March 3, using

U.S. entries only.

Available February 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Thanks to Revell for the review copy, and to the author for doing a giveaway.


LuAnn said...

This book (Abigail) sounds fascinating and I'd love to read it.

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Annette W. said...

I am at times hesitant to read biblical fiction, but I do trust your review here. If I won, I'd be grateful for either book, but think I'd like to read Abigail more...though I do like to begin at the beginning of a series...but I'd still say Abigail.

Marie said...

this is my type of book. I am looking forward to finding out who wins it. I hope I do....

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Pam said...

I have read Michal, so I would enjoy reading Abigail. THanks for the chance to win.

Unknown said...

I'd have to start at the beginning with Michal. Thanks for the chance.

ebeandebe at gmail dot com

Jan said...

This book sounds great, I would love a chance to read it.

alongtheway at telus dot net

wmmahaney said...

I would have to start with Michal since I have not read any of these.

Giveaway Lady said...

I would love to read Abigail. Please enter me. Thanks so much!


Kim M. said...

I think I would like to be entered for Abigail. Thanks!

Unknown said...

I would prefer her first book since I have not read anything from the author. Thanks.



Anonymous said...

I love Christian Fiction and I'd love to read Abigail. Thanks for the chance to win it!


Steve-n-Deb said...

I thought I already commented but I haven't. Both sound good, but I'm partial to Abigail for some reason.

Sweet Peripety said...

i love Christian fiction, so I'll try to get a copy! :0

Mark said...

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