Michal is the daughter of King Saul, the first King of Israel. But when her father beings to have nightmares after disobeying Adonai, only the young harpist David, can sooth the king's guilty conscience. Her attraction to David is undeniable, but it is with great disappointment that she realizes her sister Merab must be given in marriage first.
David becomes a great warrior from King Saul, to the point that the king seeks his life in the jealous rages that shadow his reign more and more frequently. When circumstances allow Michal to become David's first wife, has she just sentenced herself to a life of heartache and misery? Will David ever be the true king of God's people? Can she ever dream of being his queen?
This book is a dramatically beautiful re-imaging of the story of King David's first wife. Michal has always captured my imagination from the Biblical account. I've always wondered how it must have been for her; barren, given to another man by King Saul, and missing her true husband while he was a fugitive from her own father. How hard it must have been to be a woman during Old Testament times - and Smith breathes new life into a story that is centuries old. A good read for anyone that is interested in the could-have-beens of Michal's story.
This was a well done book on the story of Michal. I applaud the author because I know that there is not a lot of material for her to draw on about this woman. I thought she did a good job piecing her life together and very realistically filling in the blanks. But I think my very favorite part of the book was the ending. It was a presented very logically, not a made up ending that made no sense. There were a couple of things that tweaked me, but I can live with those as long as they don't flow through the entire book.
I absolutely loved this book. Jill makes you see things that you would otherwise miss. She definitely gave me an understanding of Michal. She is really good at reaching in depth of the character to really make you understand what it had to have been like for Michal. Thank you Jill. I hope to read many more of your books.