By Ann Burton
They have been girls of conviction and braveness, whose tales encourage the trustworthy to this present day. Now, Signet launches girls of the Bible, a compelling new sequence for lovers of ancient fiction and romance. this can be the tale of Abigail... To settle her brother's playing debt, Abigail of Carmel convinces her boorish lord to marry her. Then exiled by means of him to the lifetime of a shepherdess, she grows to like David, the warrior son of Jesse, who will come face-to-face along with her husband in a mindless war-and damage her hopes of peace.
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You and Mother and Father are my life,’’ I said, trying not to sound defensive. ‘‘You have never been my burdens. ’’ ‘‘Love that you would rather give another. I’ve heard you in the courtyard at night, you know. You are too practical to believe the Adonai will actually 44 Ann Burton send you a husband, and you do nothing to find one yourself. ’’ He shook his head. ’’ I had never considered looking for a husband; it was not something a woman did. Besides, without a zebed, who would have me? ’’ ‘‘You are right,’’ Rivai said, startling me.
Most of that I traded again to other merchants for what my family needed to live: food and medicines, dyes for cloth and clay, hardwood for the kiln, oil for the lamps, flax and wool for weaving, fodder for the goats . . Eight maneh. More gold than might be earned in ten good years. 40 Ann Burton The red clay used to make our pots was very smooth and pure, thanks to the clean water of the spring near the bank from which we took it. Once a month my brother and I borrowed one of our Shomer’s carts to haul our pallets to the spring and refill them, a long and exhausting task that, like so many, had become too much for our father to perform.
I saw Rivai walking toward us and wanted to groan. ’’ My brother looked even worse than he had last night, his nose and mouth swollen and his eyes shot with tiny red veins. He moved carefully, too, as one did with an uncertain head or belly. ’’ He looked from me to Amri and frowned. ’’ ‘‘I have asked Amri to take me with him to trade with the caravans,’’ I told him. ‘‘I shall return this afternoon. ’’ ‘‘You have no pottery with you,’’ Rivai said. ‘‘Why are you wearing . ’’ His expression darkened.
Abigail's Story by Ann Burton