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Michal: A Novel

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful debut novel about a woman veiled in mystery!

"David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark with shouts and the sound of trumpets. As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a wind...
"David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark with shouts and the sound of trumpets. As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart. 2 Samuel 6:14-16."

Certain scriptures-and Biblical characters-have tugged at my mind for years. Why would Michal despise David, her handsome husband, whom she risked her life to save? Was David harsh on his wife, the daughter of a maddened king? And whatever happened to this surely beautiful, surely tortured soul?

In the first book of her "Wives of King David" series, Jill Eileen Smith adds rich details to a heartrending saga of the fall of the House of Saul and the building of the lineage of Christ as seen through the eyes of those usually hidden behind thick palace walls-the women. Smith dares to step into the multi-chambered rooms of the wives' quarters to pull the veil off jealousy and struggles for power. Fiction becomes a powerful tool to fill in the gaps between the recounting of David's life in 1 and 2 Samuel and the scant historical data available for research of this ancient Biblical era.

Thank you, Jill, for a wonderful book! Revell, kudos for a fabulous cover! Can't wait for Bathsheba!

posted by PattiLacy on April 15, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Just O.K.

Told from a different view, it is O.K. Not as good as "The Kingmaker", another story of Michel which is much better written and easier to read. This book drags quite often and I skipped several pages here and there until the pace picked up again.

posted by MIJul on April 1, 2012

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