By Ann Burton

ISBN-10: 045121479X

ISBN-13: 9780451214799

ISBN-10: 0786559306

ISBN-13: 9780786559305

They have been girls of conviction and braveness, whose tales encourage the devoted to at the present time. 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 via 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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No, Abigail. ’’ Amri folded his arms. ’’ 50 Ann Burton ‘‘I mean what I say, Sister,’’ Rivai said. ’’ ‘‘I have done nothing yet,’’ I reminded him, ‘‘nor is it likely I shall. ’’ Amri regarded my brother. ’’ ‘‘He speaks the truth,’’ Rivai chimed in. ’’ He removed a small sack from his belt and opened it, revealing all the tiny carvings in bone and wood he had kept hoarded in his room. They were special to him, and I had only ever seen one or two. ’’ He closed the sack. ’’ My brother had never wished to sell his carvings, so it was apparent that he felt as desperate as I.

I thought her muzzle caked with mud, until I saw the dark blotches were actually dozens of ticks, hanging bloated with blood. I had never seen such conditions. Not even the 58 Ann Burton poorest of the gerum by the beggars’ gate lived like this. That anyone, even slaves, would be made to dwell in such squalor sickened me. ‘‘Stay here by the cart,’’ Amri said, his disgust plain. ’’ He straightened his turban as he strode up to the front of the house. While I waited, I tried not to fiddle with my head cloth or mantle.

Its edges were heavier than its center, so when it began to spin under his hands it continued revolving on its own for some time. In order for me to properly work the clay, all my brother had to do was give the moving wheel a push now and then to sustain an even rate of spinning. Pain knotted beneath my breast. If only a heart could be so effortlessly sustained. Fashioning pots was not as easy as it appeared. I had watched my father work at the wheel all my life, 42 Ann Burton and time and again he had allowed me to work my own little pots.

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