I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. We all know the story of King David and his wife from the Bible, but this book gave a different and more personal perspective to the story. It was well researched, and the information (portrayed in the novel) was factually correct. It made the story come alive to me. I read the book in one sitting! Highly recommended.
I thoughly enjoyed this story. It was very well writen. I really applaud Jill Eileen Smith because it cannot be easy to tale storiies from the bible and fill in the blanks to write a novel. What I especially liked about this book is that it really helps to sharpen your bible knowlegde as she mentions things in the bible I have read and sometimes forget. This is truly a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to others.
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.