by Jill Eileen Smith
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Publisher: Revell (February 2010)
Price: $10.19 (Kindle: $9.99)
What I Liked:
After reading Jill Eileen Smith's first book in the Wives of King David series (Michal), I was chomping at the bit to read the second book. And now that I've read Abigail, I'm chomping at the bit to read what I hope will be a book about Bathsheba. I appreciated about Abigail that it felt like more of a coherent story than Michal. And I liked Abigail as a character much better than I liked Michal. I think I had a lot more compassion for her because she felt so real to me.
Once again, David was not as great a hero as I expected him to be. I do appreciate that Smith made him round, as a character--that he had both flaws and strengths. But perhaps I'm too westernized in my thinking... I just have a hard time finding a polygamist hero sympathetic. Then again, perhaps that was not the purpose of the book.
And of course, the historical and theological detail in this book was just excellent. Not only does her eye for historicity shine as an author, but she makes the history so real, and so believable. The details of what they would have eaten, how their lives would have been structured, how they would have lived... absolutely fantastic. Definitely the highlight of the book for me.
What I would say, all-in-all, is that if you are a fan of historical fiction, you will probably like this book. If you are a historical romance die-hard fanatic, this might not be a good book for you. It does not have the kind of ending that you will be used to. It does, however, have a satisfying ending. If only I didn't know what happens next, I would be able to just be secure in that ending... but there are more women for King David than just Michal and Abigail. And there is one woman still who will capture his heart in a powerful way.
"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." (Book Blurb from the back cover of the book.)