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|1. Author Interview||Jill Eileen Smith||N/A||Album Only|
Number of Pages: 384
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Wives of King David
The book begins with Michal as a young adolescent, in love with the shepherd boy who plays his harp to soothe her abusive and rage-filled father, King Saul. Michal is a very ambitious girl, who exploits her sister and conceives a plan to get her father to wed her to David. Her plots end up being unnecessary, for David falls madly in love with her. But then the tide of fate comes up against the two lovers when Sauls attitude toward David turns to jealousy and hatred. David must flee, leaving Michal to the frightening whims of her father and the plots of a certain guard. The focus of Michals faith journey is bitterness and bowing to the will of God. Michals life is full of loss, and she grows very bitter toward God. She also follows her own path and neglects the will of God. These things, though never mentioned by name until much later in the book, become the central theme of the novel.
The book follows the biblical account accurately, taking artistic license only with the characters and never with the facts. Smith only fills in the gaps when necessary, but otherwise remains true to the original story. Unfortunately, the first third of the book is singularly uninteresting and clichéd. Smith jars the readers with such corny phrases as his eyebrows hiked up a notch and in general seems to be a little confused as to what the setting is for her own novel. If, however, readers hold out until later chapters, they will be pleasantly surprised. Smiths storytelling experiences a slow take-off, but then rapidly improves. Smith shows herself to be up to the challenge of interpreting an exotic and unusual romance, and eventually shows her writing style to be anything but clichéd. By the end, the reader is left to wonder if Smith herself could have actually been responsible for the monotonous monstrosity that was the beginning of the book.
Overall, if readers remain patient, Michal is well worth reading. Kristina Vander Meer, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com