By Ann Burton
They have been girls of conviction and braveness, whose tales encourage the trustworthy to today. Now, Signet launches girls of the Bible, a compelling new sequence for fanatics of historic fiction and romance. this is often the tale of Abigail... To settle her brother's playing debt, Abigail of Carmel convinces her boorish lord to marry her. Then exiled by way of him to the lifetime of a shepherdess, she grows to like David, the warrior son of Jesse, who will come face-to-face together with her husband in a mindless war-and wreck her hopes of peace.
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They were lovelier than anything I had ever fashioned, and without thinking I reached out to touch the glossy surface of one blue and gray wine jug. The m’khashepah appeared on the other side of the booth, a strange, red-purple samla covering her thin body, her white hair smooth and anointed with fragrant oil. She pointed at me. The hand that works the clay shapes the world. My fingertips touched the wine jug and it shattered, releasing a puff of white smoke and, oddly, a familiar, cross-voiced complaint.
It was clear that manners had not been of import here recently. The remains of a large feast still lay on the tables, 60 Ann Burton beneath which skinny dogs slept among the discarded bones and scraps. When I saw two bare-breasted females, dressed in the abbreviated, semitransparent sadhin and standing on either side of a man sitting in a great chair, a startled gasp escaped me. Never had I seen women dressed so. Amri followed my gaze and touched my arm. ‘‘Wealthy men keep bedchamber slaves,’’ he murmured.
A debt is no reason to beat a man. ’’ My brother had never gambled outside our town or wagered more than he carried. We were too poor to merit credit from anyone. At least, I had thought we were. ’’ Rivai sat up and gave me an indignant glare. ’’ I still could not get past the fact that my brother had gambled beyond his means to pay and had been beaten for it. ’’ ‘‘A debt is a matter for men,’’ he said, all haughty male now. ’’ Would I not? Who did he think managed the household income? Our mother?
Abigail's Story by Ann Burton