Series: Tribes of Israel
Published by Harborlight Books
Publication Date February 25, 2022
Genres: Action/Adventure, Biblical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Inspirational Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Israel 1000 - 732 BC
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 35-60
Written for: Adult
When a quiet journey to Jerusalem turns tragic, newly orphaned Rimona must flee a kinsman set on selling her as a slave. Racing into the rocky hills outside of Hebron, Rimona is rescued by a Philistine commander journeying to Jerusalem with six-hundred warriors.
Exiled commander, Ittai the Gittite, is seeking refuge in the City of David. Protecting a frantic Hebrew woman is not in his leadership plan. Although, having a nobleman's niece in his caravan might prove useful for finding shelter in a foreign land.
Rimona and Ittai arrive in Jerusalem on the eve of a rebellion. In the chaos of an heir's betrayal, will they be separated forever, or can they defend King David and help the aging monarch control his rebellious son?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I’m always fascinated to see the way others envision people and events from the Bible. And to have a character mentioned in scripture, almost in passing, highlighted in a fictional account speculating “what if”…
I was especially intrigued about this story when I read this in the author’s newsletter:
I find it amusing that as a boy David slew a Philistine giant who cursed God. When King David needed a friend in his last years, God sent him a Philistine giant who loved God.Barbara M. Britton
Defending David is a story of enduring prejudice, as Ittai, a Philistine, goes to Jerusalem to join King David. I loved the speculation about how he would have met David in the past. And the impact it would have had on him, changing the course of his life and introducing him to God. Ittai was a noble character, caring for the men and women under his command and willing to rescue an orphan.
It is also the story of finding family in unexpected places as Rimona sought refuge from her uncle and discovered that family doesn’t always consist of others sharing the same blood.
While I don’t necessarily agree with the author’s depiction of all the people in the story, I can see why she would have portrayed them as she did. She stayed true to the Biblical account, however. Which is something I always appreciate about her writing.
More than once, the transition felt abrupt or like details were missing, causing me to re-read previous sections in an effort to understand what I was reading. Despite this distraction, I was able to read on and still enjoy the story.
Readers who enjoy Biblical fiction will want to read Defending David.