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?


About the book

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.

Awards & Acclaim

  • 2011 CBA Bestseller

  • Starred Review Booklist

  • 4 1/2 Star TOP PICK RT (Romantic Times) Book Review

  • 2011 Reviewers’ Choice Awards Nominee

Available also in:

  • Romanian

  • Large Print

  • Norwegian



"a refreshingly different spin on this familiar tale"

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.

YA/M: Teens will appreciate this richly textured approach to the Bible story.

— Booklist starred review, Shelley Mosley, 



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!

— RT Book Reviews, 4.5 star TOP pick, Lindy J. Swanson