Legacy: A Novel
by Anna Moore Bradfield
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Pub Date 24 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 25 Jun 2023
You can see it. It’s within your grasp. But something...or perhaps someone...blocks your every attempt. Nitzevet is initially overjoyed at the prospect of marriage to the most upstanding man in Bethlehem. Yet all too soon, she faces head-on challenges trying to blend into this established family.
Through a series of tragic events, the man of her dreams begins to doubt his legacy as a veritable Israelite. The uncertainty that ensues causes the marriage to splinter and sway. Nitzevet must find the courage to stand against all reason, all custom, and all decorum to carry out the will of the Most High God. Charged with adultery and yet claiming her innocence, Nitzevet sets about overcoming obstacles that seem impossible. She must find a way to honor her husband while protecting her son.
Relegated to the life of a servant in her husband's household, she will raise her child as any other single mother would...this shepherd boy destined to be king. From an award-winning author with her debut novel comes the thrilling tale of a woman called to stand against all she has ever held dear in favor of a higher calling. In this against-all-odds book, the legacy of Nitzevet's family as well as that of her people hangs in the balance.
Filled with raw twists and unsuspecting turns, Legacy is one of those stories you can't unread.
It's perfect for fans of the book series Mark of the Lion by Francine Rivers or The Chosen video series. Will Nitzevet succeed in securing her family’s legacy? At what cost?
Legacy, a novel based on Old Testament Bible times about Israel's town of Bethlehem, represents Book One of a planned four-book series called The Lambswool Chronicles.
Legacy is a masterfully woven account of Nitzevet bat Adel, the wife of Jesse and mother of David, according to the Talmud. Anna Moore Bradfield brings to life characters and a worldview influenced by the books of Ruth, Samuel, and Psalms, weaving together a tale that is both completely absurd and totally believable. She patiently reveals the hearts and motivations of her characters, while moving the story forward at a can’t-put-it-down pace. Her attention to details of Jewish Law and everyday life add the depth and texture expected of the best works in Biblical fiction. A great story that will make you read your Bible differently.
Average rating from 13 members
Loved reading the enthralling and intriguing story. As Jesse's wife, Nitzevet's love for Jesse grows, Jesse starts to doubt his legacy, accuses Nitzevet of adultery when she becomes pregnant with David, and Nitzevet lives on the outskirts of town with her daughter and son, David, teaching them the ways of God, and preparing for David to become a shepherd. Read the highly recommended, wonderfully written, and inspirational story.
A gripping novel, even though you know the outcome, it's a wonderful reminder of God's faithfulness and continue love all the time. Even in todays time God is always there for us, we just need to call on Him.
The Legacy was better than I expected!
I knew where the storyline was going - well, really the early history of King David, though it took some time to get there. We have Nitzevet bat Adel (Bet) entering Bethlehem to marry Jesse, son of Obed and grandson to Ruth. Observing the entrance, but ignorant of the reason for the entrance is Eliab, Jesse's son from his first wife who immediately falls for Bet and becomes seething jealous when he sees she's there to marry his father. From here, the story goes on to describe the growth of the family and Eliab, who was wanting to marry from the onset of the book, finally getting married to one of Bet's cousins, who happens to resemble Bet. As life is happening, Jesse is brooding over two things - 1.) Who will take care of his flock, whereas he refused to let any of his sons to become shepherds, and 2.) Is he really a child of Israel - this question stemming from the fact that Ruth, his grandmother, was a Moabite, and the thought is Moabites cannot convert to children of Israel. At this time, Bet is pregnant and Jesse needed to travel for business. Jesse, to the men he was with, talks about this and states that if his child is a boy, his doubts will be resolved. However, Jesse comes home to a daughter. This is where the crux of the book begins...
Personally, I initially thought this book was predictable, but I was wrong! I loved that I was wrong! This is a must read for those who love biblical fiction and of course those who are interested in King David! Beware: this book is meant to be the first book of a series and it ends as a cliffhanger.
Legacy by Anna Moore Bradfield is the story of Nitzevet bat Adel (Bet), the mother of King David. It takes a while to arrive at David’s birth. Nitzevet bat Adel (Bet) is much younger than Jesse being the second wife after the first had died. Just the age difference could have caused problems but in this historical fiction story it causes huge issues since Jesse has some grown children.
The story is one that is full of trails for these people, who are easily swayed by rumors and hearsay. However, one should be reminded that this is fiction, historical perhaps but fiction, nonetheless. An interesting read of what could have happened but perhaps reality was very different.
The publisher through Net Galley provided a complimentary digital copy. I have voluntarily decided to read and review, giving my personal opinions and thoughts.
Many of us do not know the full story behind the shepherd boy who became King David of Biblical renown.
The story of Nitzevet comes from the supplemental material attached to the Torah, the Jewish Bible. This remarkable woman helped create one of the most noteworthy leaders in human history. A person can see how King David developed his courage and strength, having faced adversity from such a young age, and having had such a stellar role model in his mother.
This book must be read to be appreciated. It is inspirational in the best sense of the word.
The Legacy by Anna Moore Bradfield
August 03, 2023
The Legacy by Anna Moore Bradfield was a good book. I've never read a book by this author, so I really didn't know what to expect. The storyline was great, but some area's it would drag. The characters felt real and well written. I love Christian Historical fiction and this book I would still recommend to others.
I received this complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley and publisher for a honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone!
Biblical fiction is my favorite genre, and this one was no exception.
Overall, I thought this new to me author has done very well in capturing the tough subjects.
I loved reading about King David's parents and getting to know them personally through this wonderful story.
There were lots of interesting twists and turns that made me keep turning the pages of this book. I just couldn't put it down until I finished it.
I loved seeing these characters in a different light, and I love how this author brought them to life along with their many flaws.
Especially Jesse. Jesse was a perfect example of being flawed and struggled with life's journey. I get it.
Look to the Lord my friends like David did. He will never leave you or forsake you even when u think He's not there he is.
5 stars for a well written story. I highly recommend!
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.