By Ann Burton
They have been girls of conviction and braveness, whose tales motivate the trustworthy to today. Now, Signet launches girls of the Bible, a compelling new sequence for lovers of ancient 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 by means of 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 break her hopes of peace.
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My father was a healer; he wished me to be the same and so taught me before he discovered the sight of blood made me ill. ’’ Amri handed me a small goatskin vial, tightly bound with cord at the opening, and pointed to an open doorway. ’’ I loosened the cord and sniffed. The creamy- ABIGAIL’S STORY 53 looking liquid inside smelled of herbs and flowers, and something I couldn’t identify. ’’ ‘‘An old family recipe. ’’ He walked to the entry door. ’’ Amri left before I could ask where he was going, and for a moment I feared he intended to go to speak to my father about my intention.
The spice merchant cleared his throat. ’’ He placed the sack on his table and began sorting through it. The spicy aromas of Amri’s wares filled the room, particularly around another, narrow wooden table with an assortment of small querns and grinding stones. It was where he did his work, I saw, noting the traces of seeds and stalks on the saddle-shaped surface of the querns, and the jugs of oil and other liquids sitting to one side. There were also flat clay squares covered with triangular marks that I did not recognize at first.
Stacks of filled baskets occupied each corner, except where part of the damaged wall had crumbled. ’’ Amri gestured toward the wood 52 Ann Burton planks covering one large, irregular hole in the wall. ’’ If only I had such troubles, I thought sadly. ’’ The spice merchant cleared his throat. ’’ He placed the sack on his table and began sorting through it. The spicy aromas of Amri’s wares filled the room, particularly around another, narrow wooden table with an assortment of small querns and grinding stones.