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By Ann Burton

They have been girls of conviction and braveness, whose tales motivate the devoted to this present day. Now, Signet launches ladies of the Bible, a compelling new sequence for enthusiasts of old 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 spoil her hopes of peace.

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It looked as if he kept fifty sheep and as many goats for their milk and wool. On the farmers’ side of the fence, a few animals wandered. One lone, spindly-legged ewe came to the fence to peer at us. Dirt had turned her white wool gray, and her fat tail twitched listlessly against the cloud of black, stinging gnats following her. 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.

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. What will we tell Father when the Maon’s men come for payment? Earlier in the week I had washed and tempered a large mound of red clay, treading it with my bare feet, which rendered it malleable enough for the wheel.

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.

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