by Jill Eileen Smith

March 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3320-9
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Michal, the daughter of King Saul, loves David, but so does her sister. Michal lives for the days when her father needs the harpist to soothe his troubled mindóeven as she fears them. After all, the Kings unpredictable moods are what allow her to see David.

When the King and his army go to war against the Philistines, the King promises the marriage of his oldest daughter to the man who will slay the giants. But who would guess that the victor would be none other than the shepherd boy, a man who wasnít even involved in the war. Michal is devastated, and sets out to ensure that David wonít marry her sisterÖ

But King Saulís rages increase. And trying to save David for herself is the least of Michalís worries. After all, the King seems to be after nothing other than Davidís death. And when David flees for his life, he must leave Michal at her fatherís mercy. Will Michal ever be reunited with David?

Michal is the first book in Ms. Smithís The Wives of King David series. I was privileged to see this story go from its beginning stages and to watch the frustration as Jill Eileen Smith struggled to find a market for her biblical fiction and I cheered from the sidelines when she did.

I knew the biblical account of King David and his wives, but I never could have imagined this much life into their stories. Michal became real, and I felt very sorry for her loving the man that she did Ė not that David was a bad man, but you know the Bible stories as well as I do. She always would have to be worried about his life, and sharing him with other wives could not have been easy.

I enjoyed reading this book, and am looking forward to the others in the series. Donít miss Michal. It will bring the Bible stories to life in a whole new way.

Reviewed in May 2009 by Laura.

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