A Peek at Bathsheba
Even the mighty can stumble, and for David, this happens because of a moment of irresistible temptation, when he spots Bathsheba bathing on the roof. When she becomes pregnant he attempts to cover up the scandal, by sending her husband, Uriah, to a prearranged death on the battlefield. Will David regret it? Will he find redemption?
“I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” She received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. Uvi writes across a variety of genres: Apart From Love (literary fiction), The David Chronicles (historical fiction), Rise to Power (historical fiction), A Peek at Bathsheba (historical romance), The Edge of Revolt ((historical fiction), A Favorite Son (biblical fiction), Home (poetry), Twisted (dark fantasy) Now I Am Paper (children’s book) and Jess and Wiggle (children’s book.)
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This is the second book of the David Chronicles that I’ve read and I found it as enthralling as the first, which tells the story of David’s famous slaying of Goliath, his years as a fugitive and his rise to power. In A Peek at Bathsheba, the story continues with David’s coronation as King of Israel and his obsession with Bathsheba, the wife of one of his soldiers. This obsession leads to his passionate love affair with Bathsheba, the murder of her husband, and the beginning of the turmoil predicted by David’s scribe, the prophet Nathan.
I love the way Uvi Poznansky weaves history, fantasy and exquisite prose together to create an enthralling portrayal of these times. Her story of David is loaded with vivid imagery, and emotion. You’re there – in Israel, and inside David’s head as you read his every thought and feel his joy and pain. Ms. Poznansky hasn’t chosen to idealize David. He has his flaws, big ones. But perhaps this is why he is such a compelling character, the kind of character that doesn’t allow you to put a book down.
I loved A Peek at Bathsheba. It’s a brilliant piece of historical fiction.
The first and the second book in the chronicle of Kind David by Uvi Poznansky are just amazing. She really is taking herself into the mind of King David.
I really wonder how Uvi can put herself, discernment, into the shoes of King David and write such amazing books about him. All the things he is thinking and not doing or doing as King or should do. Like should he take his beloved Bathsheba or not. He really was thinking hard about taking her. He knew it was wrong, but he couldn’t help himself.
Something that really spoke to me: David Said in the eyes of Uvi: “That which has been is what will be.”
And: “This has been an adventurous journey, and a long one. In my exhaustion I can barely move my lips, heal, a time to tear down and a time to build. How fortunate it is for me to find myself back here. I am a father. I am the keeper of my people. What a moment this is, the perfect moment to usher in a new era.”
Uvi has said it perfectly in the eyes of King David.
A great book and everyone should read and enjoy it.
5 stars for sure
(Note: this is a review for the audiobook)
A Peek at Bathsheba: The David Chronicles, Book 2, is a literary gem. Ms. Poznansky has paired her luscious telling of the life of David with a narrator most worthy. Mr. Justin Harmer’s voice is liquid gold, with intonations so deft and moving that it’s hard to imagine anyone else telling this story.
The story of David continues from Book 1, Rise to Power, through the third of the series, Edge of Revolt, just released. I plan to listen to the last book and hope Mr. Harmer will narrate this one as well.
David, the powerful narcissist who can wipe out entire villages with not a shred of guilt, yet who adores his (many) wives and children with most surprising tenderness, grows from youth to old man within the series. We experience frequent flashbacks or references to his youth in this story as well, which ties his life together very nicely.
I love Ms. Poznansky’s evocative writing, and here is just one of many poetic scenes that moved me, describing David watching Bathsheba when she first came to his chambers:
“I sit at the edge of the bed, utterly fascinated by her beauty. Her
lashes are long, they flutter over her cheeks, and her hair waves
around her face with the rhythm of her steps. It glows like copper
under the flaming sconces, but when she crosses in front of the
window it turns blue against the moonshine.”
You can call me a romantic, but this scene came alive for me with these and all of the well-chosen words in this novel.
Thank you, Ms. Poznansky, for allowing us to continue to believe that America still has great writers who carefully construct each sentence, and who can tell a great story at the same time.