Welcome to the Blog Tour for Defending David by Barbara M. Britton, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOKTitle: Defending David Series: Tribes of Israel Author: Barbara M. Britton Publisher: Pelican Book Group (Harbourlight Books) Release Date: February 25, 2022 Genre: Christian Historical Biblical Fiction When a quiet journey to Jerusalem turns tragic, newly orphaned Rimona must flee a kinsman set on selling her as a slave. Racing into the rocky hills outside of Hebron, Rimona is rescued by a Philistine commander journeying to Jerusalem with six-hundred warriors. Exiled commander, Ittai the Gittite, is seeking refuge in the City of David. Protecting a frantic Hebrew woman is not in his leadership plan. Although, having a nobleman’s niece in his caravan might prove useful for finding shelter in a foreign land. Rimona and Ittai arrive in Jerusalem on the eve of a rebellion. In the chaos of an heir’s betrayal, will they be separated forever, or can they defend King David and help the aging monarch control his rebellious son? PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound | BookBub
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(1) winner will receive a Defending David Book Box with an autographed copy of Defending David, a CD of harp music, a historic-looking journal, colorful pens, a copy of “Lioness,” and a $25 Amazon gift card, swag!
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Oh, how I loved this book!
Barbara M. Britton is an INCREDIBLY gifted storyteller! In Defending David, she takes the Biblical mentions of Gittite (or Philistine, from the Gath area) warrior Ittai, adds other characters from the Bible records (Absalom, Joab, Hushai, Ahithophel, and, of course, King David), and creates exceptional historical fiction.
Now, honestly, the account of the betrayal of the king by his son, Absalom, who created a rebellion against his father and sought to set himself on David’s throne, has always been a difficult one for me. As are the events that precede it: David’s son Amnon’s rape of his half-sister Tamar (Absalom’s full sister)…and David’s absolute failure to rectify or bring justice on Tamar’s behalf. All these events no doubt led to Absalom’s defection and treason and attempts to usurp David’s throne.
Yet Britton has used that painful story to craft a fantastic book and to add a highly readable “what might have been” to the Biblical record. Ittai is a warrior, leader, and a believer in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As a destitute child, he met David, who fed him, gave him a job to do, and won his undying affection and loyalty. Ittai and his army of 600 warriors (plus their wives and children) have come to Jerusalem, where they hope King David will allow them land to settle in.
Rimona is a newly-orphaned young woman whose distant relative is taking her to Jerusalem, to her uncle who’s a musician in David’s court. The distant relative has horrible plans for her, and she escapes and is found by one of Ittai’s soldiers, who bring her to their commander. The two begin to spar verbally; and as all move toward Jerusalem, they begin to form a connection. But on the way they encounter Absalom, beautiful and resplendent in a chariot and with a huge crowd of his own followers.
The story is a familiar one; rebellion, the fleeing of David and his advisors from Jerusalem, and the coming battle between David’s forces and Absalom’s. But this time, we have an intimate, inside view of what it might have been like, from the eyes of Ittai, the faithful warrior, and Rimona of Beersheba, who was faithful to the rule of King David.
What a story! The love story of Rimona and Ittai is gentle, sweet, and respectful (although the dangers against a young woman in that era are also illuminated). Rimona is at first astonished that, as she first identifies Ittai, a “pagan” is worshiping the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Yet he faithfully is, and is even more faithful than some of the ethnic Israelites. And, Britton’s use of Scripture (remember the era; here, we just see the use of David’s Psalms, the Law, and some words from what would become 2 Samuel) adds such beauty to the text. She even provided some deeper understanding to me of David’s actions with her insight that guided the story.
If you’re a fan of the Bible and of historical fiction, Defending David is for you! Britton’s hero and heroine are so appealing and you’ll be rooting for them throughout the entire book. Don’t miss this fantastic reimagining of the battle between Absalom and David’s forces; and actual warrior and God-follower Ittai, and what God might have done in and for him.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.”
29 thoughts on ““Defending David” ~ a JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 3/7/22)”
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book. Sounds like a good read.
Rita, thank you! I now plan to read Britton’s other works. She’s amazing!
Thank you for being part of my blog tour! I’m so glad you enjoyed “Defending David.” David certainly had an interesting backstory to weave into this book.
Barbara, you are an incredible writer. Thank you for this wonderful book!
Thank you for joining us, Rita. I had so much fun bringing Ittai and Rimona to fiction. I had overlooked Ittai and his friendship to King David for too long.
This book sounds like an excellent read. I’m really looking forward to this!
It is wonderful, Debbie!!
Thank you so much. I feel blessed.
As are we! 🙂
Thanks for joining us, Debbie. I hadn’t heard about Ittai until my husband preached a sermon about his friendship with King David. I wish I had discovered him sooner.
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This sounds really good, the cover looks great
It IS a great cover, isn’t it? And a wonderful book too!
Thank you, Marisela. My publisher designs the cover. She did a good job in creating Ittai. Thanks for joining us.
This sounds like a great read.
You know, it’s definitely one of my new favorite historical & Biblical reads!
Thank you for participating in my blog tour, Shelly. I enjoyed bringing Ittai to the page and creating a strong woman to challenge him.
Thank you for sharing. I look forward to read this book.
Tracy, it’s wonderful. I think you will enjoy it!
Thank you for commenting, Tracy. I enjoyed reading this part of Scripture and bringing it to Biblical Fiction. I will never forget Ittai.
I’m definitely checking this out! Thanks for sharing!
Megan, it is wonderful! Thank you!
Hi Megan. Thanks for checking out “Defending David.” I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I had fun writing it. I love learning new things about the Bible.
Defending David sounds like an excellent read for me and I am looking forward to reading it! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Finchwren for sharing your review! Have a funtastic weekend!
Thank you, Eva! 🙂 It is such a lovely/truthful/accurate book. I loved it myself and think you will too!
Thanks for joining us, Eva. I enjoy learning new things about the Bible.
I can’t wait to read this book. It really looks thrilling!
Erin, it IS! Britton so captures the setting & people of King David’s Israel. And you will LOVE the protagonists!
Thank you, Erin. There was never a dull moment for Ittai. Thanks for stopping by the tour.