The Wives of King David

The Wives of King David is a biblical fiction series set in ancient Israel during the reigns of King Saul and King David. Each story is a fictional rendering of the biblical account of three of David’s most well-known wives.

Enter a world filled with love and longing amidst political upheaval and palace intrigue. Read the real-life accounts of David and his wives in 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, and many of David’s Psalms. Get to know the man whom God called “a man after my own heart,” and then with the truth of Scripture in hand, imagine what it was like for the women who loved him.



The daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege–but one that is haunted by her father’s unpredictable moods and competition from her...



Her days marked by turmoil and faded dreams, Abigail has resigned herself to a life with a man she does not love. When her husband Nabal’s foolish pride...



Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her husband away fighting the king’s wars, she battles encroaching loneliness...



Press & Praise

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.

  • 2011 CBA Bestseller

  • Starred Review Booklist

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

  • 2011 Reviewers’ Choice Awards Nominee


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 review of Bathsheba


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 TOP pick 4.5 star review of the Wives of King David series