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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group; 1 Original edition (March 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800733207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800733209
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 572 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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.

About 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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By JenniferB TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 9 2010
Format: Paperback
As a woman it is very difficult to read the Bible's accounts of King David's life and not be left somewhat agape at his marriage to King Saul's daughter Michal. Though little is written of their love, the bare bones descriptions revealed in scripture clearly depict a bittersweet marriage beset by difficulties both within and without.

Taken from her husband and given to another; removed from that home and returned to David who had since wed a variety of other women; plagued by infertility ' Michal's life was clearly not one of emotional ease. The first title in Jill Eileen Smith's series The Wives of King David explores the life of Michal, her spiritual journey, and the prominent influence of David on her life.

Smith's work of biblical fiction is firmly grounded in the scriptural account, weaving the emotional drama of Michal's life together with the pivotal historical events that occurred during her lifetime. I have never read a book that has dealt with Michal's life in such an authentic, and caring manner. From Smith's descriptions of life as the daughter of a deranged and wildly unpredictable king, to her grief at the deaths of her nephews, we are taken as readers into the previously unexplored emotional vistas of this princess of Israel.

While greatly enjoying this fresh look into the life of David's first wife, I wasn't overly fond of Smith's David, preferring the passion of the king found in Eleanor Gustafson's The Stones. Large jumps in time (three years, five-years, six-years, and so on) succeed in facilitating the progression of the timeline, but make the development of Michal's bitterness ' as evidenced in her response to David's joyful procession before the ark ' somewhat choppy.
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By Louise Jolly TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 21 2012
Format: Paperback
Baker Publishing Group | March 1, 2009 | Trade Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8007-3320-9

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As the daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege--but one that is haunted by her father's unpredictable moods and by competition from her beautiful older sister. When Michal falls for young David, the harpist who plays to calm her father, she has no idea what romance, adventures, and heartache await her. As readers enter the colorful and unpredictable worlds of King Saul and King David, they will be swept up in this exciting and romantic story. Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes her readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as one of the wives of David. A sweeping tale of passion and drama, readers will love this amazing story.

My Review:

Fifteen-year-old, Michal, was the daughter of King Saul. He had a violent temper and was prone to outbursts of yelling, madness, and cruelty to anyone who was nearby including his wife and daughter. Michal, her sister, Merab, and her brother knew he wasn't a good King. Ever since King Saul had returned from a battle with the Amalekites, he was a changed man who had been shaken to his core and never spoke of the battle. Michal questioned her brother Jonathan as to why the Lord seemed to have forsaken their father rather than help him?

King Saul was being tormented by something and his screams could be heard throughout the palace. The only thing that would calm him was, David, the harpist.
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While it can be of inestimable value to take those whose lives are described in the Bible and tell their story in fiction, it is an area which is problematic. In building plot and understanding, we can misrepresent those people. Judgements and inaccurate motivations can be assigned to people (not 'characters,' those in the Bible are people deserving respect) without intention to offend. These stay in the mind's of readers and can have a negative effect on their reading of the Word.

The constant, hostile interaction between David's wives, and some of the more intimate aspects of the book, made me cringe. Throughout all three of her books, Jill does not seem to understand polygamy from an appropriate and balanced viewpoint. I find her assumption that there are no positive aspects to it to be biased and her treatment of many of David's wives to be offensive. David was constantly portrayed in a negative, one dimensional way, which made no sense it the light of his documented spiritual character. She seems confused as to whether he was the good guy, or the bad guy. Reading Torah would have sorted out many issues for her in regards to his thinking and motivation.
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While it can be of inestimable value to take those whose lives are described in the Bible and tell their story in fiction, it is an area which is problematic. In building plot and understanding, we can misrepresent those people. Judgements and inaccurate motivations can be assigned to people (not 'characters,' those in the Bible are people deserving respect) without intention to offend. These stay in the mind's of readers and can have a negative effect on their reading of the Word.

The constant, hostile interaction between David's wives, and some of the more intimate aspects of the book, made me cringe. Throughout all three of her books, Jill does not seem to understand polygamy from an appropriate and balanced viewpoint. I find her assumption that there are no positive aspects to it to be biased and her treatment of many of David's wives to be offensive. David was constantly portrayed in a negative, one dimensional way, which made no sense it the light of his documented spiritual character. She seems confused as to whether he was the good guy, or the bad guy. Reading Torah would have sorted out many issues for her in regards to his thinking and motivation.
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