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Michal's Window by Rachelle Ayala
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Jun 25, 2012

it was amazing
Read from June 25 to 29, 2012

Michal, a pampered princess who became a noble queen.

Writing a fictional account of characters from the Bible must be the most difficult job an author could undertake, but Rachelle Ayala did it with style. She breathed life into well-known characters that were one dimensional people in ancient history. Most people know the story of David and Bathsheba, but how much did we know about David’s relationship with his first wife, Michal?

Michal was a beautiful princess, the daughter of King Saul. You’d think the life of a princess, and later a queen, would be filled with silk pillows and pampering. You’d be wrong. Michal’s life was packed with heartache and sorrow, joy and pleasure, love and passion, but worst of all—harsh lessons from God. Yes, she was a princess and a queen, but more important, she was a woman. The author creates a plausible fictional account of Michal, used as a pawn by her father, abandoned for years by her lawful husband, David, and loved by two other men. She’s passionate—oh those steamy romance scenes—but she’s flawed. Can she find happiness and love with David?

A reader should take time to savor beautiful descriptions of the country and cry over Michal’s tragic losses. This is a biblical story but it’s also a romance, filled with marital struggles, epic battles, treachery, and politics. Michal becomes a person we care about because Rachelle Ayala’s skillful prose and inventive imagination helps us understand a real woman in history. She began her life as a pampered princess, but Michal became a noble queen at the side of the man she loved.
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