By Ann Burton
They have been ladies of conviction and braveness, whose tales motivate the devoted to this present day. Now, Signet launches girls of the Bible, a compelling new sequence for lovers of old 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 through 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 damage her hopes of peace.
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Amri traveled to Maon every week to barter for goods with the trader caravans, and I knew the next morning was his day to go. Just before dawn I slipped out of the house and met Amri outside his small dwelling on the edge of the quarter, where he was hitching his mule to his cart. ’’ He seemed startled by my sudden appearance, until he saw the two-handled water jar at my hip. ’’ His head went down and then up. ’’ Beneath my mantle I wore my mother’s best samla. Made of closely woven soft ivory wool with vivid blue and green stripes, it was the finest garment Chemda had ever worn, and smelled only faintly of the cedar chips she had sprinkled in its folds to repel ABIGAIL’S STORY 49 insects.
He held his hands out to keep them from dripping on his fine garments and eyed us. ‘‘Well? ’’ ‘‘We are grateful to you for seeing us,’’ Amri said politely, free to speak now that we had been addressed. ’’ ‘‘I am. ’’ Amri bowed. ’’ ‘‘Oren. ’’ Wiping his hands on the fresh linen which the female slave had brought, he thought. ’’ ‘‘You gamed last night with his son, Rivai,’’ Amri said. ’’ The shiny brow furrowed again, and then Nabal uttered a grunt. ‘‘Nefat’s friend.
He felt the middle part of his nose. ’’ We Carmelites generally avoided people from the nearby town of Maon, and they did the same with us. If they were coming here to rob our men, then Father would notify the shofet. Choab would take quick action and ban the wretches from entering our gates. Before I could go to my parents’ room, Rivai reached out and seized my wrist. ‘‘Do not wake him, Abi. ’’ He grimaced. ’’ He shrugged. ’’ Maon was a settlement built on a high hill a mile to the south of our town.
Abigail's Story by Ann Burton