Saturday, July 18, 2015

Brings history to life

A wonderful review for A Peek at Bathsheba:

5Brings history to lifeJuly 18, 2015
This review is from: A Peek at Bathsheba (The David Chronicles Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Having read 'Rise to Power' earlier, I couldn't wait to start the second book in this fascinating series. What amazes me the most about the author's writing is her ability to pluck those long forgotten names and events in history and bring them to life in such powerful way one feels as though they are people next door, glaringly different and yet so wonderfully easy to understand despite their absolutely authentic-to-their-times attitudes. From each page they are coming across, offering wonderfully rare peeks into their lives, their desires, their thoughts, their struggles, just normal people and not dusted statues or dry description of this or that deed.

The moment I picked this book, I couldn't put it down.
"...I am a King. Truly, I am! At first I find it hard to believe, and wipe my eyes in wonder, and try to convince myself of this puzzling fact, because when you dream about ascending tot he throne for so long as I have, you learn to suspect what you see , because it may still be the lingering effect of your fantasy, even if to you it seems real..."
The wonderfully poetic prose of this novel interweaves with lively dialog that makes it so easy for us, the readers, to relate and understand, to embrace these people as though they were our contemporaries, their feelings and thoughts. David is such controversial character, but in this novel he comes across as so human, strong and weak and struggling. Yes arrogant and sure of himself and his destiny, and yet a man that is so easy to relate and to understand.
As for Bathsheba, what wonderfully intricate characters this woman turned out to be!
"... Embarrassed, she looks away. "No, how could I?" she asks. "At the time I held myself back from complaining. I made it my mission to find favor in your eyes."..."
Their relationship so uneasy, so intricate, so twisted. He owes other women, but he knows that he doesn't owes her - '...They are mine. She is not..." He craves her like no other, but he can't change for her. And she... oh what a woman!

A fan of historical fiction, I hold this series - The David Chronicles - as the best of their genre!

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