Monday, January 1, 2018

Almost like reading a diary

Born in Oakland, CA, Kathy Parsons has been an independent piano teacher since early 1981. Kathy lived in the San Francisco Bay Area until mid-2007 when she relocated to Florence, OR (on the central Oregon Coast). She continues to teach locally and via the internet in addition to reviewing many recordings and interviewing artists for her website, MainlyPiano.com, and editing new sheet music. I am so pleased to find her review of my Historical Fiction novel (with a modern twist), A Peek at Bathsheba:

I have read quite a few of Uvi Poznansky's books and really like that she brings something a little different to her books whether they are based on history or are works of fiction. What makes her series, "The David Chronicles," unique is that the volumes are written from King David's point of view. Of course, much of this is speculative, but it makes for very interesting reading - almost like reading a diary. King David's thoughts and perspectives change as he goes through life (of course, everyone's do!), so it's kind of amazing to see him go from a young court musician to a power-hungry young man, to a man reflecting on his triumphs and mistakes. I expected this installment to be more about Bathsheba, a character I knew very little about, but her presence doesn't dominate the story in any way. Both of these characters, as well as others in the story, are flawed and very human, so even though it's not possible to know exactly what King David's thoughts were at any particular time in his life, they mostly ring true in the book. Ms Poznansky has put dialogue as well as King David's thoughts into contemporary language, which can sometimes be a little disturbing, but it does make the characters somewhat easier to relate to. (She doesn't use terms like "lol" or much slang.) I enjoyed this book a lot and look forward to reading Book 3 in the very near future.

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