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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?
Barbara Britton has a talent for finding little known Bible characters and bringing their stories to life in her fiction. Her novels help me remember that these people actually lived, and that I can glean so much wisdom from their successes and failures.
In Defending David, she’s found Ittai the Gittite, a Philistine who comes to the aid of King David. Ittai is a fabulous hero—masculine, wise, kind-hearted, and irresistible. On their way to Jerusalem to swear allegiance to King David, he and his men rescue Rimona, an orphaned woman who unscrupulous men are trying to sell into slavery. I loved that the pair struck up a friendship, with each having no interest in finding a spouse. The simmering romance between Rimona and Ittai was sweet and believable.
In the line of Britton’s other strong heroines, Rimona will not take a back seat. I like that she finds ways to assert herself and her opinions without stepping so far out of bounds that it would seem highly unlikely for the era. Def