Biblical Historical Fiction

Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty by Angela Hunt

BathshebaBookReviewOne of Ancient Israel’s Most Famous Women–
As You’ve Never Looked at Her Before

One of the Bible’s most misunderstood and misjudged women, Bathsheba comes to life in this new biblical reimagining from Angela Hunt. Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, this is an eye-opening portrait that will have you reconsidering everything you thought you knew about her.

After receiving God’s promise of a lifelong reign and an eternal dynasty, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier’s wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king’s household.

My Thoughts

The Bible tells us in 2 Samuel 11, “[David] saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. .. David sent messengers and took her,” Did you catch it, the 4 letter word that indicates how the king, the most powerful man in the kingdom of Israel, coveted and took? Angela Hunt did- and before it’s through this tale may clear Bathsheba of her long held title — seductress.

Tampering with the reputation of David “a man after [God’s] own heart” could have gone terribly sideways for Angela Hunt, but she held her own. Even the Bible itself reveals David’s many mistakes, contrasting them with a merciful God and a humbled king. Viewing these ups and downs in his life through the reimagined lens of his wife, Bathsheba, was compelling and thought provoking.

Hunt is proficient in revealing a story through dialog. In this particular book, she relies heavily on the prophet Nathan to foreshadow events and to allow readers into places and conversations Bathsheba could not have step. An oft repeated prophecy about Bathsheba is an invention of the author, otherwise historical events hold close to scripture. For this reason, I felt there were only a handful of really remarkable twists to the tale.

It’s been less than a year since I’ve reviewed Esher: Royal Beauty. Therefore, I’ve spent a little less than a year pining over the release of Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty. Where Esther was my introduction to the Angela Hunt’s writing, Bathsheba secures her a place on my must read author list. 

4 stars


I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


About the Author

The author of more than 100 published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at

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