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Michal (The Wives Of King David #1)

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Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and desert escapes, Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as one of the wives of David.
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Published March 1st 2009 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published 2009)
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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,...more
This is the story of Michal, the first wife of King David. In this book, readers get to know Michal at home before her marriage, and get an insider's glimpse of her father, Israel's infamous first king. We stay with her all the way through her second marriage, her return to David when she joined his harem, and beyond.

One thing I truly dislike about some Biblical fiction is when the author takes liberties with the Biblical account in order to enhance the story. I'm very happy to report that Jill...more
R.L. Syme
I'm going to start off by saying that I have a degree in theology, and from a Biblical perspective, this book is exceptionally accurate. It is obvious that Smith is not only a lover of the Bible, but a great researcher. Very impressed with its historicity.


What did not impress me was the way the story of David was fictionalized. So the history was impressive, the fiction was frustrating. First of all, the "love" that David had for Michal was either so shallow or so under-developed that...more
Mary Catherine
What would you give up for love? What would you pass up? What would you gain?

Such are the questions to ponder in MICHAL, the first installment of THE WIVES OF KING DAVID, by Jill Eileen Smith – an epic story surrounding King David of the Bible, you know, the one who slayed the giant Goliath.

It’s not exactly my type of reading. In fact, the only reason I even downloaded it to my Kindle was because it was on the Free list. When I read the description, I was instantly intrigued, not because I’m an...more
Marie desJardins
This is just one of the most awful books I've ever tried to read. (I can't say "I've ever read" because there was no way I was going to spend my time reading the whole thing.)

It reads like it was written by a 12-year-old (or at the very least *for* a 12-year-old) -- overly melodramatic, overly simplistic, no plot line whatsoever, no character development whatsoever. It just jumps from scene to scene with no narrative structure, and the writing itself is just ... really, really terrible.

I mean,...more
Jill Eileen Smith's first book in The Wives of King David series has made me a follower. Michal, not only made me a fan of Smith, but made it easy for me to decide what to read next in the Bible. I want to reread the history of King Saul, David, and Michal; therefore, I've started 1 Samuel again. As far as Biblical fiction is concerned, I believe the ultimate goal is turning readers back to God's Word. Smith stayed true to the Biblical account in her novel, while adding both emotional and histor...more
Sadly Michal was a miss for me. I just felt no connection to David or Michal. I didn't believe their great love for one another. I felt like I was told more than shown how they felt, so nothing came across as genuine for me. They felt two-dimensional & immature the entire story.

I'm not sure why, but when I read novelizations of Kind David, I end up disliking him intensely, which I don't believe was the author's intention. He seemed arrogant and totally willing to discard one wife for another...more
“Michal” is a Christian adventure romance book. It takes place during the reign of King Saul when David of Bethlehem is merely a shepherd boy. David would occasionally come to the palace to sing and play his harp to give King Saul peace from the demons that were torturing him. While King Saul was in one of those moods, he’d get into tantrums and abuse his family, even Michal. Michal and her sister, Merab, would very much look forward to David’s coming, for they both loved him.
During a battle th...more
Jill Smith
Feb 04, 2009 Jill Smith added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: men and women who love a dramatic saga of historical fiction.
Since I'm the author of the book, I can only say that I learned a lot about David and Michal as I wrote the story. I hope readers will enjoy what's there and will come to love their tale as much as I do.
Michal was the daughter of King Saul and sister to crowned heir, Jonathan. Her life had flipped as soon as her father turned his face away from the Lord. This would add tension and panic whenever a demonic hysteria would engulf King Saul. Yet, the chaotic spirit of Saul seemed to be soothed when a shepherd showed up.
David was quite the handsome young man and Michal knew the moment she saw him that she would make sure he was hers. However, the musician rose in ranks after he killed Goliath and w...more
Nora St Laurent
Jill Eileen Smith had me transported to the time of King Saul and David. The book starts out in Gibeah, 1023 BC, with a young David rising up for the challenge and battle with Goliath. The author says this about David, “without a doubt, David knew the Most High had called him to this moment, and nothing anyone could do or say would shake his confidence in the Almighty.”

Even after Saul watches David slay Goliath and promises David his daughter Michal in marriage, he makes David pay a very high do...more
Sometimes I found "Michal" to go a bit too quickly for my tastes. For a while each chapter said something like "Five Years Later" or "Two Years Later", but I suppose the author was attempting to go through her entire life (or most of it, anyway.) so that was necessary.

What irked me most was that I kept finding myself thinking of David as kind of...well...a jerk. Maybe its because of culture is different then theirs and so some things bother me that wouldn't have necessarily bothered people back...more
I don't read all that much Christian fiction, other than some Amish stuff (which I view as being a bit of a guilty pleasure) because often, I find it's a bit too "written for a purpose" and the quality of the writing suffers. When I started this book, I have to be honest, it didn't grab me right away and I was afraid that this was going to be another weak read. I had been reading something extremely well-written and it seemed a bit stilted. In fairness, the author has to be very, very careful ab...more
I had to end my misery so I didn’t finish this book. I really tried because I won it in a GoodReads Giveaway I felt compelled to continue on, but alas I had to put it down.

My main problem was the writing and the lack of attachment to the characters. I found the writing pretty dry and some of the dialogue was a bit awkward for me. I’ve read other biblical fiction with beautiful prose, which is what I expected with this one especially since it has such a gorgeous cover. However, because of the wr...more
Apr 10, 2009 Monica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Monica by: Goodreads
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I was very skeptical when I started to read the book because it was biblical romance. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel with someone putting their in own spin on what might have happened in those times, I must say I was pleasantly surprised  The book is a great read and the author keeps the flow going and you interested through out the book. The author stays true to the facts that we have and fills in the blanks on what we don’t. I honestly thought the ending would have been different just...more
Quite honestly I wasn't going to read this book. All for the reason that I just don't like her in the Bible. I read this because I wanted to read book two which is Abigail whom I love, and I don't read series out of sequence. I am so glad I read this book. I gives you a new perspective on what may have shaped Michal into the woman she became and cause her to despise her husband and her God. I also loved the insight into that period of history for Israel. Backgrounds on Saul, David, and of course...more
Biblical fiction stories are written to inspire people to read the actual account in the Bible...(for me, I also like to see how they compare). The story of Michal, daughter of King Saul and David's first wife is one story that inspires. As mentioned in her notes at the end of the book, the author tried to stay close to what's written in the Bible as much as possible. I found myself with the Bible on hand for easy reference while I was reading. It's really as close as it can get. The stories in...more
I loved the ending of this book!!! I can't say I enjoyed the entire book, I would have liked to have seen more on David, but I love David's story.

This story did open my eyes a lot about the reign of Saul, his daughters, and the early years of David's reign. When I've read 1 & 2 Samuel in the past the time between events didn't really sink in the way it did reading this story. I do want to go back and read those books.

I'm glad I finally took the time to read this story even though it was not...more
One of the joys of Biblical fiction is that when it is well done, it aids the reader's understanding of the Bible. Another is that if it is true to the historical time period, the reader learns what life was like for the people who lived then. Jill Eileen Smith's debut novel accomplishes both things and more. The prose is beautiful, the romance tender, the realities of war all too real at times. Highly recommended!

Cindy Thomson
Author of Brigid of Ireland and Celtic Wisdom.
This was a genre that I don't normally read. It was selected for the April read for a group here on Goodreads. Essentially it's a fictionalized writing of 1 and 2 Samuel. It was easy reading in it's style but I felt it was uneven. Often I felt it read like a romance novel in its prose. The ending came abruptly and without much feeling for me. I really had to struggle to finish it.
What a poignant, and (surprisingly) scripturally accurate account of the very first woman to win King David's heart. So started his obsession with the fairer sex....I really enjoyed being a part of this story from so many viewpoints. When I finished the book, I went to the books of Samuel and read the accounts (of course, fact-checking....) I know I will never again forget these stories as I have been allowed to travel the paths, feel the emotions, and experience those untold moments that may ha...more
Aug 25, 2009 Jane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys Historical Biblical Fiction
I was pulled into this story and couldn't put it down. I had so much emotion into the story, anger, sadness, heartwarming happiness, uneasiness, and I would often think of what was going to happen next. Now I need to go read the story in 1 Samuel again!
This story is a religious historical fiction as told by Michal, King David's first wife. It was very interesting how the author related Biblical facts with fiction to show what David's life was like during the time of King Saul. It was fascinating and enlightening to see what life was like during this time. Knowing the Biblical account, it was done in an interesting way. I didn't think I would like this story but it was expertly done and I enjoyed it immensely.

The research done by the author wa...more
This book was free on Amazon Kindle this week and as always I'm happy to give a new author a try when it's a freebie.

Michal is book one in a series on the wives of King David. I give it 4 stars. Overall it was an interesting read that to my knowledge seemed accurate in it's historical features.

Michal herself as a character seemed to be fleshed out well in the beginning, the scenes with her sister and father were very interesting and explained a lot about her personality. I would have liked to s...more
Going backwards was not as hard as i thought, as the author allowed the books to overlap; but Abigail is still my favorite. I enjoyed this book as it went back all the way to David being Saul's harp player, and when he killed Goliath. It gave some background story for Michal and David. And although I know the novel is not a true account and it is assumptions based on customs of the times and some historical fact, I still felt strongly about some scenes. You could actually feel Saul's evil and hi...more
I absolutely LOVED(loved loved loved!) this amazing and powerful book! It is book 1 in Jill Eileen Smith's Wives of King David series and it is one that you do not want to miss out on! Truly. You will truly look at the Biblical characters in a whole new light and feel like you were there, when you put this book down.

I absolutely did not want to put this book down but I had so many other books ahead of it that I had to force my self, really force myself, to put it down and come back to it. I too...more
"Michal" is Biblical fiction about David and Michal. It covered a lot of time--most of their lives--so the relationships came off as somewhat superficial. I thought that their initial falling in love was supposed to be superficial (Michal wanting to be his future queen and to be protected from her father, and David lusting after her beauty). However, later, after years apart and married to other people that they loved, they hardly even acted awkward around each other. Michal forgets her second h...more
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 onl...more
This is a Biblical fiction. It was the first one I've read, and I like it. It takes a woman that's only mentioned a few times in the Bible and gives her a full story, feelings, emotions, etc. I did not fully agree with some of the things included in the story, but it was still a good read. Just keep in mind it's "fiction". It's not a theological book. While the author did do her research, no one fully knows what happened except God and He only gave us limited information in the Bible.

I have oft...more
April Gardner
Michal--a princess in love with her father’s best captain and worst enemy.
David—a nation’s here pursued by the King to whom he’s devoted his life.
Michal—a married woman forced to marry another man out of spite.
David--an anointed king hiding in caves and waiting on God’s timing for his crown.

It’s one of the most exciting and romantic plots of all time, and it should be. God is the author with Jill E. Smith creatively filling in the missing details for our imaginations to feast on.
1023BC isn’t the...more
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Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the Wives of the Patriarchs series featuring Sarai, Rebekah, and upcoming Rachel, (Releases 2-1-14) as well as, the bestselling author of Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series published by Revell (Baker Publishing Group.)

Her writing has taken her from the Bible to Israel and she loves learning how women lived in Old Testament...more
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Abigail (The Wives of King David, #2) Bathsheba (The Wives of King David #3) Sarai (Wives of the Patriarchs, # 1) Rebekah (Wives of the Patriarchs, #2) Rachel (Wives of the Patriarchs, #3)

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