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Michal (The Wives of King David Book #1): A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jill Eileen Smith

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Can their epic search for true love survive a father's fury?

The daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege--but one that is haunted by her father's unpredictable moods and competition from her beautiful older sister. As a girl, Michal quickly falls for the handsome young harpist David. But soon after their romance begins, David must flee for his life, leaving Michal at her father's mercy in the prison that is King Saul's palace.

Will Michal ever be reunited with David? Or is she doomed to remain separated from him forever?

Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and daring desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes you on an emotional journey as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as the first wife of King David.

Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has gathered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.


Tells about Michal, the first wife of King David.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 613 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 385 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0800733207
  • Verlag: Revell; Auflage: 1 Original (1. März 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00B5J4XAS
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Twist on a Famous King's Life 7. März 2009
Von Kelly Klepfer - Veröffentlicht auf
Epic story lovers and those intrigued by the tumultuous life of King David of Jerusalem are very likely chomping at the bit to get their hands on a copy of Michal. Almost as fascinating as the epic story told ably within 374 concise pages is the story behind the book. Jill Eileen Smith birthed the story idea in 1989 and has patiently waited for God's timing for publication.

This novel isn't exclusively in Michal's point of view but much of it is. Readers get a glimpse into Jonathan's, David's and even Paltiel's (Michal's second husband) thoughts, actions and drives. Smith obviously did her Biblical homework and follows the account, adding personality and color to the events as they may have unfolded. Her language choice is fully modern so if you love historicals or Biblical fiction but struggle with difficult language and vocabulary you won't have any issues here. On the flip side, that does take away a bit from the feeling of authenticity so take note if you want your ancients to speak like ancients. So many characters and so many spans of time over the two and a half decade period makes deeply fleshed out characters limited in number.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fascinating, heartbreaking story of love and restoration. 28. Februar 2010
Von Ruth Anderson - Veröffentlicht auf
With her debut novel, Jill Eileen Smith explores the tumultuous life of Michal, daughter of King Saul and the first wife of David. Honestly, Michal is a character that I never really gave much thought to before. It's too easy to fall into the trap of thinking of the people that populate the pages of scripture as flat characters, rather than as the wonderful, flawed, fully-rounded human beings they actually were, filled with fears and hopes. Though Michal's life has been reduced to mention in only a handful of verses, she witnessed an incredible amount of history and heartbreak. The way Smith brings Michal to life, from her early years as a young princess in Saul's court, in love with David the simple shepherd, to the unfathomable tragedy she witnessed as Saul's family fell from power, absolutely captivated me from the first page.

Smith's narrative closely follows the Biblical account of David's life and rise to power found in 1 and 2 Samuel. In many cases, she incorporates some of the actual dialogue from the scriptures which adds further authenticity to the novel. Her research and passion for the time period clearly shines through in her vivid descriptions of palace life. It was easy to imagine myself in that world, walking alongside Michal and David, drinking in the sights, sounds, and smells of ancient Israel. The book covers decades in Michal's life, often with jumps of one to six years between chapters. Those transitions can be a little abrupt, but overall they did not detract from my enjoyment of the story or my complete immersion into Michal's world. And although the focus of this novel is Michal, David also emerges as a fascinating and complex man. Smith gives readers a window into the personal, family side of David, while not neglecting David the king and worshipper so well known in the pages of the Bible. I wanted to smack him when he started accumulating multiple wives. Through Michal's role as first - and childless - wife, Smith gives a very human face to the toll such a lifestyle must have taken on women during that time.

I really appreciate how Smith depicted the many cultural and social standards a woman in Michal's position dealt with seem so foreign today. Seeing Saul's descent into madness from the perspective of a daughter was absolutely terrifying, especially since as a woman she was wholly subject to his dictates as her father and king. I cannot imagine the courage it took to help David escape Saul's wrath in the early days of their marriage, and then to endure being given to another man when Saul declared her marriage to David void. It's easy to understand Michal's struggles with anger and bitterness, and how she clung to her dream of being declared David's queen as her salvation. In a culture that placed a premium on a woman's ability to provide her husband with children, Michal's struggles with anger, fear, and bitterness over the uncertainty of her position at court are heartbreaking. Her journey towards redemption, and a personal relationship with David's beloved God after enduring so much heartbreak and horror was beautiful to witness. Michal does not get your typical happy ending, but it's the right ending for her story, offering the hope and restoration that only a relationship with God can supply to a life torn asunder by circumstance. Very well done - I look forward to the sequels!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen More like 4.5 stars. Great Biblical fiction! 19. März 2009
Von Michelle Sutton - Veröffentlicht auf
This story was much better than Ann Burton's novel about King David.

Michal captivated me from the first page. I know that sounds, cliche, but it's true. I read the first two chapters about four years ago and they were just as good back then. I adore Biblical fiction when it is well done. The author did a fabulous job showing the culture of King David's time and explaining things that don't set well with our modern ways, such as having more than one wife. It made sense the way it was presented. I loved how the developing love story continued throughout the book, yet the story stayed true to Scripture.

There were so many things that I've read in the Bible before in the book of Samuel, but when placed inside a novel such as this one it really comes alive, from the horrors of war to the politics of the day. I enjoyed the sensual tension between characters and the wedding ceremonies. I'm glad in our present day that the wedding attendants and in-laws don't park outside the honeymoon suite until the marriage was consummated like they did in ancient Israel. How awkward! I also enjoyed the subtle humor about managing a household with so many wives being a challenge for a king. There were so many incredibly interesting details to this story I could talk for hours. And I won't mention the Philistine foreskins. Oy! Gruesome stuff. I really felt like I was there in Hebron, in Gibea, and finally in Jerusalem. I can't wait for the next installment in this series. I have a feeling Abigail's story will be quite compelling, too.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Intriguing Concept, Sloppy Execution 20. Dezember 2010
Von Dame 'Dhana - Veröffentlicht auf
A series on the wives of King David-it's an intriguing concept. Unfortunately, David's first wife is Michal. Knowing what eventually happens, we all know that as far as love stories go- this one is an incredibly frustrating and unfulfilling one. However, there is such potential for her story by following her arc of self destruction and how she ultimately makes her peace with God, herself, and the way she has been "brought low" as a barren woman disdained by her husband.

And, the story does get to this- in the last 50 pages. What happens in the 300 pages before that?
Nothing that needed 300 pages to be told.

Michal is not very sympathetic for most the book. She seems to have a teen crush on David. Given that her father Saul is psychotic and David is the only person who can bring peace to the palace, this isn't surprising. What is surprising are the lengths that Michal goes to in order to get David- like "swimfan" or "obsessed" kind of measures. It's not until David begins taking other wives that you feel for Michal at all. Obviously she feels hurt and abandoned, so it's not really clear why Michal leaves her new husband, who treasures her, to return to David (aside from Michal declaring that she luvvvvs David).

David is a tough character-he was brave and sought to please God in all he did. But...he was also a womanizer. Womanizers can be drawn out in a way that makes them sympathetic (want an example? Watch Big Love). But this doesn't happen here and therefore it's pretty difficult to relate to him. His relationship with Michal never seems like love at all. In the beginning he is in love with Michal's older sister. Then one day he sees Michal and decides he loves her. We see none of their relationship together- they marry and then he runs away. He then marries a girl because he likes the way her hair smells (no- I'm serious, that's why he marries her). Although the book says that he takes Michal back because he loved her- we never see any of that love. David seems more concerned that he gets back what "belongs" to him.

Once David and Michal are reunited (in the last 50 pages) things FINALLY get interesting. When David ran away, Michal was a princess and his only wife. But when she returns to him, she finds herself one of many wives-all who are younger and prettier and have children. Furthermore, her title is meaningless since David was crowned. Michal becomes resentful and angry which leads to that fateful declaration. Then in about 20 or so pages she realizes her mistake and asks forgiveness (when she wanted nothing to do with God before) and goes to David to ask forgiveness. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE BULK OF THE BOOK!!!

It was a valiant first effort but ultimately unsatisfying due to flat one dimensional character development. I got the book about the next wife as well (it was a set). Hopefully that will be better.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Bad title, okay book 6. Mai 2011
Von G. Blankenship - Veröffentlicht auf
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I enjoy reading fiction based upon biblical characters. It helps to bring them to life, and it helps me to remember that they are so much more than a few brief passages in the Bible. I had been excited to read a novel about Michal, David's first wife whom he lost due to an insane father in law. Unfortunately, this book didn't fully deliver.

First, despite the title, this isn't really about Michal. The author switches often between Mical's viewpoint and David's. While other reviewers have mentioned this, I really feel like more time is spent on David. We are still left to speculate about what Michal did during the time her and David were separated, how did she really feel about being forced to marry someone else after she was already married to David. Yes, the author touches on this, but I really felt like it was superficial.

I didn't get an interesting perspective on Saul's mental decline though. I had never really considered it from the point of view of his family. I think that the author did a pretty good job here.

I think that perhaps the author was afraid to speculate to much on Michal's or David's lives outside of Biblical accounts. While this is commendable in that there is no confusion about what is factual and what is speculation, it left a lot to be desired in character depth. I felt like this was just a story translation of the account rather than a work of fiction.

The story jumps quite a bit. One minute David is married, then it is a year later. Then several years later, then almost a decade later etc.

All in all I just never really connected with Michal. I felt bad for her at times, I gleaned aspects of humanity where before there had been none, but she never really became real to me.
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