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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?
How many Bible readers pay attention to minor men such as Ittai in the Old Testament? I had to look him up. Leave it to Barbara Britton to bring him to life. What a story. A Hebrew speaking Philistine commander with compassion, claims King David helped him and led him to the One True God, rescues Rimona from her turncoat relative. She finds herself a lone Hebrew in a camp of Philistine fighters. This Philistine stranger who shares her lack of parents and her faith, also trusts in the One True God, and offers her safe passage to Jerusalem where her remaining uncle serves in the palace. Set amidst a journey that includes Absalom’s treacherous greed for his father’s throne, this tale is one of intrigue, danger, and romance. Brilliant. This reader’s favorite Barbara Britton novel so far.
A friend who sticks closer than a brother.
I’ve loved every one of Barbara Britton’s Biblical fiction novels. But Defending David is my favorite.
It’s the story of two orphans, Ittai and Rimona, whose paths cross in the most unexpected way. Ittai, a Philistine warrior and commander, is on his way to see King David and repay a kindness David showed him when he was a child. And Rimona is being transported by unscrupulous men to live with her last surviving relative.
The reader meets King David at a time in his life when the once mighty warrior-king is past his prime. His son, Absalom, has rebelled and is trying to take over the throne. The King leaves Jerusalem in exile, a broken man. It appears King David has nowhere to turn. But his help comes from the most unexpected place. Ittai, the Gittite, a Philistine warrior. When Ittai was a young man, he met King David, and has never forgotten the kindness of the Hebrew king.
I fell in love with the gentle giant of a warrior and t
Riveting. The characters are phenomenal. Fortified by their faith & enamored by their integrity, The reader is drawn in. Woven with empathy, humility & courage this was fantastic read. In this Christian Fiction novel, Barbara M. Britton creates a full, believable & alluring background for these characters .