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Daughter of the King

Daughter of the King

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by Carlene Havel
A heartwarming story about the resilience of true love, inspired by a biblical account of greatness, courage, and foretold prophecy...

Princess Michal was the youngest daughter of Saul, the first king of Israel. In an age when fathers arranged marriages, Michal dared to fall in love with a handsome young musician named David, from the little town of Bethlehem. As


A heartwarming story about the resilience of true love, inspired by a biblical account of greatness, courage, and foretold prophecy...

Princess Michal was the youngest daughter of Saul, the first king of Israel. In an age when fathers arranged marriages, Michal dared to fall in love with a handsome young musician named David, from the little town of Bethlehem. As recounted in the Bible, Michal helped David escape from her insanely jealous father. King Saul punished his daughter with forced marriage to a distant war lord. Princess Michal unexpectedly returns from seven years of exile to find a changed world. Most of her relatives are dead. David has become King of Judea. He has acquired six additional wives, one of whom is a princess from Geshur. Michal longs to have a son to reign over Israel and reestablish the rule of King Saul's heirs. But each royal wife has hopes of placing her own son on the throne. Can Princess Michal's love for King David survive war, madness, infidelity, and betrayal?

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Prism Book Group
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Carlene Havel has lived in six US States and two foreign countries, and has traveled extensively throughout the world. She is very active in her church and has a degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Carlene and her husband Glenn are both proud to be native Texans.

Sharon Faucheux was born in New Orleans, LA. Raised in Austin, Texas, she graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Psychology. After living in several others states and countries, she now resides in San Antonio, TX. Sharon's favorite activity is traveling with her always entertaining family.

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Daughter of the King 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
GNLewis More than 1 year ago
The King David saga is told from the perspective of Michal, his first wife. The authors added imaginary conversations to factual events. Some literary license was taken, but in all, the story follows history. Michal saves her spouses, life, and this makes her father angry. When David escapes, Even though she is married to David, Saul marries his daughter to another man. When Michal returns to David after seven years in this horrid man’s house, she finds her father, King Saul and her family dead. By this time, David has added six wives, six sons and one daughter. Michal asks David if his wives love him. He replies, “Some more than others.” I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I loved the characters and received new insight into the lives of real people. The Scripture used also helped the reader find the corresponding story in the Bible.
PatWKirk More than 1 year ago
Saul gave his daughter, Michal, to David. But when she saves David from Saul, he gives her to Phaltiel, a hateful drunk who shamelessly uses his wives and their servants to satisfy perverse desires. When Saul dies, troops come to take Michal away. She doesn’t know whether she is going to her death. Did David believe she willingly went with another man? However, she finds herself back with David whom she loved from the beginning. By now, David has gone from musician to king of Judea. Happy at first, Michal evolves from David’s cherished and loved first wife to one of many in his mansion full of wives and concubines. The politics of dwelling with a city of wives gives us a glimpse of that unpleasant situation. We see the extent of her pain when she gives permission for her handmaid to marry a poor man. She longs for a poor man who could afford only one wife. The book stays true to the book of Samuel and Biblical times. It answers plausibly the question of why she became angry when she saw David dance. It departs from the Bible slightly. Michal’s outburst came after David went home—Samuel 16:20-22. This book is well paced and keeps you reading. We like the good guys, though the bad guys are unforgivably bad. In about three places, I found the descriptions too graphic.
baldknobroyalty More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It's a wonderful read based on a wonderful true story. The scripture at the beginning of each chapter reminded me what was truth and what was fiction. Michal really came alive.
VPCaine More than 1 year ago
Michal, youngest daughter of King Saul, has been in love with David since the moment she first saw him, but her sister Merab had been promised to David in an arranged marriage. David did not feel worthy and Merab did not want to be the wife of someone so lowly. Michal could not believe her ears when her father sent Merab to be married to Adriel. David and Michal were happy until the time it became clear Saul wanted David murdered. Michal helped David escape and had her brother, Jonathan, lie to David that she had been killed and King Saul sends Michal away to be married to a loathsome man. David and Michal were separated for many years. When Michal returns, David is King. Michal learns that most of her family has died. She learns to cope with the additional wives and concubines David has taken as well as the bickering among the wives to have their own son placed on the throne. Michal remains barren and she confronts David in public over the issue making her, she feels, an outcast. She remains at the palace and is asked to befriend Bathsheba. This is when Michal takes her rightful place as senior wife and demands order among the wives. But as in all ancient communities, war is not far from their door. Michal’s love for David teaches her to endure. This book is reminiscent of The Red Tent. It is well written, descriptive and intriguing. Ms. Havel and Ms. Faucheux did an amazing job of storytelling and weaving the past into an extremely interesting read.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Gayani Hathurusingha for Readers Favorite "The Daughter of The King" by Carlene Havel and Sharon Fauchuex is extremely palatable to a reader who adores historical fiction replete with creativity. The novel is a fictional recreation of the story related to Princess Michal, the daughter of King Saul. The writers have selected the subject for their piece of writing quite aptly, from the realm of the exotic world of royals depicted in the Holy Bible. While the Biblical allusions provide the novel with its structure or the literary framework, Havel and Faucheux utilize their creative imagination to elaborate the vivid circumstances there. The novel "The Daughter of the King" is capable of transporting the reader to the far away social context of a bygone era. The characters, geographical locations and the lifestyle presented through the chapters provide the reader with a novel experience and that itself contributes considerably to augmenting the artistic unity and readability of the novel. Yet the development of the character of the protagonist, Princess Michal, implies that human emotions and relationships remain the same, irrespective of time or context. The writers provide elaborate details of the unfamiliar landscape and the lifestyle unfolded through the events of the plot. Ultimately, the novel interlaces romance, adventure and actual religious history, making the reading of the book a pleasurable experience. Moreover, the writers have successfully addressed the challenge of preserving the verisimilitude of the plot, and the originality of scripture, displaying their ability to spin fiction out of stark facts.
-AnnaKittrell_ More than 1 year ago
Daughter of the King is the adventurous tale of a brave and beautiful princess, a king handpicked by God, and what might have occurred behind the scriptural scenes. Initially, the stunning cover art drew me to the book, but the strength of the story kept me captivated. Against a vibrant backdrop of sights and sounds, Princess Michal—daughter of King Saul—recounts the passionate love she shared with David on his journey from shepherd to King of Israel. My heart soared when Princess Michal married her true love, and then shattered when she was forced to share her husband with the other palace wives and concubines. But for better or worse, she honored her marriage to David, the husband of her youth. Steadfastly, Michal believed the pain of loneliness did not compare with the glory of loving a king with a heart after God’s own. I recommend this book to all readers who have a love for scripture and a yearning for romance. Admittedly, I read the last page through a veil of satisfied tears.