Seeing an entire book devoted to Michal intrigued me. Despite many years studying I had never encountered even a small devotional on King David's first wife. I was hooked from the beginning but almost laid the book aside because of the writing of the first third of it. Cliches and trite sayings spoil any writing but they especially do despite to a historical fiction. One is just getting into the time frame when another 20th Century saying jolts the reader. I'm glad I stuck with the book, because the writing matures. Characters are more formed,the background starts to come to life, and then one is drawn more into the story. There are some good insights here into the Biblical account. Many times I nodded and considered that Smith's portrayal could very well be close to the truth. Good book, could have been spectacular with a rewrite before publication.
I enjoyed reading this book. Jill Smith is the first author that I know of who has tackled the story of Michal. The book touches on many issues such as love, disappointment, and loss. The author shows you how a princess matures and become a humble servant of God. She also shows you examples of forgiveness throughout the book and she brings the ancient world to life. I decided to continue the series and read Abigail.
I enjoy the history in this book I do a lot of highlighting in the book and some of the women will read it and I go to the bible you learn a lot from this book you need to read it cause you will not want to it happen to me and I love the book from a very happy customer
Smiths work of biblical fiction is firmly grounded in the scriptural account, weaving the emotional drama of Michals life together with the pivotal historical events that occurred during her lifetime. I have never read a book that has dealt with Michals life in such an authentic, and caring manner. From Smiths descriptions of life as the daughter of a deranged and wildly unpredictable king, to her grief at the deaths of her nephews, we are taken as readers into the previously unexplored emotional vistas of this princess of Israel.While greatly enjoying this fresh look into the life of Davids first wife, I wasnt overly fond of Smiths David, preferring the passion of the king found in Eleanor Gustafsons The Stones. Large jumps in time (three years, five-years, six-years, and so on) succeed in facilitating the progression of the timeline, but make the development of Michals bitterness as evidenced in her response to Davids joyful procession before the ark somewhat choppy. Likewise, her first years in the home of Patiel (the cuckold) are entirely missing, robbing readers of Michals struggle to adapt and come to care for this new man.Still, Smiths work was pleasant, and even thought provoking, providing a womans reflections upon the inner life of this first wife of King David. After all, who among us hasnt wondered how we would have reacted in Michals place to Davids sizable collection of wives?Clearly, I feel that Michal could have been a stronger novel, but still, Im looking forward to reading Abigail Smiths recently released story of Davids second wife. Smiths writing is solid, just not spectacular, so Im looking forward to gleaning more of her imaginings of the lives of the women who shared parts of the heart of the man whose heart was likened to that of God Himself.