If you love Biblical novels, this is a book for you. The reader joins Abishag as a wide-eyed teenager hastily betrothed and married to the aged and slowly dying King David. The reader follows her life through his reign and into the intrigues of the court of King Solomon. On tenderhooks, we flip pages seeking to discover what will happen next, even if we know our Bible stories well. Like some scholars, we might have forgotten the final pages of her life since most of us focus on the Kings and their heirs. We really consider her almost a footnote in the story. Caryl McAdoo's book demonstrates how wrong such assumptions can be.
While this book keeps our attention, this is no thriller, nor is it a steamy book. There are bedroom scenes when Abishag must be King David's electric blanket warming up a King whose failing heart cannot do the job, but there's nothing sexual about it. There's palace intrigue, but it's seen through Abishag's innocent eyes. This story is blessed with so much gentle inspiration, that this reviewer enjoyed it immensely.