Michal: A Novel

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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 ...

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Michal (The Wives of King David Book #1): A Novel

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Overview

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.

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In this retelling of the story of King Saul's daughter, Michal's perilous wartime adventures rival her emotional exploits as the first of King David's wives.


—Tamara Butler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800733209
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: The Wives of King David , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 228,158
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, ranging from articles and short stories to reviews and blogs. Her writing has won prizes in several writing contests. In addition to homeschooling her three sons, Smith has taught piano and enjoyed scrapbooking. She lives with her family in Southeastern Michigan.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

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    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 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!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2011

    a reader who enjoys historical novels

    I enjoyed the story about David and his wife Michal very much. The characters and story line kept me interested throughout the novel. I had a difficult time putting the book down. When I finished the novel, I wanted to read more of what happened to their (David and Michal's) relationship after Michal lost her family and finally found God in her life. I would definitely read more books by this author. Also, I would recommend it for book club discussions.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    Michal

    I first chose this book because I like Christian fiction. I will admit I was rather ambivalent about the way this story was told. Some of it was true (Michal loved David) and some of it total fiction. I went back and read the Bible story of Michal. She is not mentioned overmuch in the Bible so reading a bit of fiction about her was interesting. I didn’t have to pay for the book, but it wouldn’t have been a total loss if I had to pay something for it…it got me to look for the real love story of Michal and David. It was a sad little story in the end. I will be looking for the remainder of these books

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

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    Love and Bitterness

    Michal starts as frothy-sounding romance, but this is history and the ending cannot be happily-ever-after. Although we identify strongly with Princess Michal's desire for David's love, we also see her bitterness and the price she pays to cling to it. Smith uses David's psalms and dialog straight from Scripture to bring the Bible to life. The language turns a little more formal at those points, but works for me. A lot of King David's life is left out to be filled in from the perspective of others in this Wives of King David Series, but the ending, centered as it is around the family of King Saul, is satisfying in its own realistic way. I look forward to other books in the series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Exceptional!!!

    This is not just a story about Michal, King David's first wife -- it is a journey back in time to be experienced. You will feel the arid breeze of the desert and smell the freshly baked bread from the stone ovens. You will hear the children's laughter as they play in the streets and know the passion of hearts torn between God's will and mans' desires. Truly this is a tale that is destined for the wide screen....Enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Great read about he live of King David and his first wife.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Enjoyed this book but not at the top of my list

    Enjoyed this book but not at the top of my list

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

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    This book is good. Very intriguing and interesting. It gives anotger side to thr famous Bible story. It amazes me how an author can make a whole fiction story about a short Biblical story, yet keep it in line with the facts and tell her own story. If you dont like to read your Bible, start with a book like this. It makes you want to read the real story! This is a good read, i have resd it twice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    I enjoyed this book so much I wanted to read more. The author really took the time to research the history of the culture at this time in history. I believe what drew me to this book was a desire to know more about the time, culture, traditions and more about King David himself. While he takes a back seat to our main character (Michal) his story comes through loud and clear; as well as, issues facing not just his wife but all of the people.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    highly recommended

    As a Christian, I believe this book to be a great read for the biblical enthusiast or one who likes fiction. Very enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    Read this and be blessed

    As I read Michal's story and came to know her I saw the ugliness of wanting our own way so badly we take matters into our own hands to make them come to pass. Still, life wasn't fair to this Princess from Bible times. And it wasn't just Michal who went her own way with out true authority. And as I saw her struggle with the truth about herself and turn to the one true god earnestly, I saw myself and the many errors I made along the way. This story made me cry.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I enjoyed this. Brings the bible to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    A Great Read

    I really enjoyed this very believable version of the biblical story of King David's first wife, Michal. The author makes you feel that you are living in ancient times and I look forward to reading more of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Loved it!

    I loved this book! I thought it was great reading more about the life of David and his first wife Michal. I always wondered how she felt when she was given as wife to another once she had been married to David and how she felt after so much time had passed and she was given back to David.

    I always did think it was sad that Michal never bore David a son. I can't wait to read the other books in this series.

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    Great read

    Anyone wanting to understand life during Biblical days would enjoy this book. The story line is fiction, but believable. I would like to read other books by this author.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    I found this a very interesting and new way of looking at King Davids life and especially the in depth part about the wives.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I loved this book. It gave me an insight to those times in our history. Just remember it is fiction based on some real people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Recommend

    A new perspective on David is always appreciated. This is the first book by Jill Eileen Smith I have read. I look forward to reading more of her work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Tired of being pested

    Haven't read it yet.

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