Friday, March 20, 2009

"Michal" Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Revell (March 1, 2009)


Jill Eileen Smith


I am so happy to see some really excellent Biblical Fiction come out recently and leading the pack is Jill Eileen Smith's new "Wives of King David" series with "Michal" being the 1st to release. Michal is a someone that is kind of an anomaly - we know who she was (David's first wife and King Saul's daughter), we know what she did (mocked David when he danced) - but what about everything else?

Jill does an amazing job of filling in some of the blank places and leaving us with a beautiful story that left me breathless and wanting more! She shows us some of what might have been in Michal's head as she went throughout her life with and without David and even gets us inside David's head sometimes too.

There have been a lot of Biblical Fiction books releasing lately ("Havah" by Tosca Lee, "Journey to the Well" by Diana Wallis Taylor, "The Centurion's Wife" by Bunn and Oke) and Jill's new series is a serious contender at the head of the pack!


Jill Eileen Smith is the author of several articles, poems, and stories, and her unpublished novels have placed in five writing contests in the past five years. A children’s story, which she wrote for her church led her youngest son to faith in Christ several years ago; much like a gospel tract led her to the Lord at a similar age.

That story, “Seeking Treasureland,” is now available. Jill is a member of several online writing groups and helps promote fellow authors’ works through monthly interviews on the "Spotlight" page of her website. She, along with her husband and children, are active members in their local church. A stay-at-home mom, she homeschooled the couple’s three sons for twelve years through high school, seeing them go on to higher education.

In her spare time, Jill teaches piano, reads, does picture scrap-booking, and enjoys trying out new recipes, especially those that include dark chocolate. Jill and her family make their home in Southeastern Lower Michigan.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Michal, go HERE

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