About the Book

Can love triumph over treachery?

Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her husband away fighting the king’s wars, she battles encroaching loneliness–making it frighteningly easy to succumb to the advances of King David. Will one night of unbridled passion destroy everything she holds dear? Can she find forgiveness at the feet of the Almighty? Or has her sin separated her from God—and David—forever?

With a historian’s sharp eye for detail and a novelist’s creative spirit, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the passionate and emotional story of David’s most famous—and infamous—wife. You will never read the story of David and Bathsheba in the same way again.


“With attention to detail and a narrative style that draws one in, Jill Eileen Smith brings the biblical days of King David to life. I find her works thoroughly engrossing, and she receives my highest recommendation as an author of biblical fiction.”–Kim Vogel Sawyer, award-winning author of My Heart Remembers

Bathsheba is a wonderful illumination of David and Bathsheba’s story, ultimately one of redemption and restoration with Adonai. The historical detail drew me in as much as the vivid emotional drama, making this biblical account one that will stay with me forever.” –Maureen Lang, author of The Oak Leaves and the Great War series

Bathsheba is Jill Eileen Smith’s finest work to date. It vividly portrays the devastation caused by selfish passion and betrayal, and the incredible blessing of repentance and restoration through God’s grace. Readers will savor this final chapter of the Wives of King David.”–Jill Stengl, award-winning author of Wisconsin Brides

“This well-researched and beautifully crafted story will resonate in your heart and mind long after you’ve read the final page. With beauty and truth, Jill Eileen Smith will take you back in time to reveal the consequences of sin coupled with the depth of God’s grace and forgiveness. An excellent read with a message that transcends time.”–Judith Miller, author of the Daughters of Amana series

“Jill Eileen Smith has written a beautiful, poignant tale about one of the most well-known women in the Bible. Bathsheba’s story is complex and deftly handled, a fitting end to Smith’s acclaimed Wives of King David series. Highly recommended.”–Kathleen Fuller, author of A Summer Secret, A Hand to Hold, and The Secrets Beneath


Booklist Gives Bathsheba a starred review!

“Smith puts a refreshingly different spin on this familiar tale of adultery, delving into the motivations and feelings behind Bathsheba’s and David’s actions within the context of the customs and religious expectations of the times. There’s plenty of suspense, court intrigue, and excitement in Smith’s rendering, especially when David’s other sons, worried that his child by Bathsheba, Solomon, will be king, lead a revolt against their father. Smith has a strong voice, and her seamless blending of David’s words from the Psalms with her narrative adds to the novel’s authenticity. Bathsheba will appeal to a wide variety of readers, including fans of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent (1997). The third novel in Smith’s splendid Wives of King David series (Michal, 2009; Abigail, 2010), this works as a stand-alone, but libraries will want all three books.”
Shelley Mosley
YA/M: Teens will appreciate this richly textured approach to the Bible story. SM

RT Book Reviews Gives Bathsheba TOP Pick 4 1/2 Stars!

Smith’s portrayal of how women lived in Old Testament times and her research of the wives of King David give this series authentic appeal. The series ends on a high note with the most famous of the wives of David. It’s magnificent!”

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