Thursday, January 3, 2013

Daughter of the King

Michal, youngest daughter of King Saul, has been in love with David since the moment she first saw him, but her sister Merab had been promised to David in an arranged marriage. David did not feel worthy and Merab did not want to be the wife of someone so lowly. Michal could not believe her ears when her father sent Merab to be married to Adriel.

David and Michal were happy until the time it became clear Saul wanted David murdered. Michal helped David escape and had her brother, Jonathan, lie to David that she had been killed and King Saul sends Michal away to be married to a loathsome man. David and Michal were separated for many years.

When Michal returns, David is King. Michal learns that most of her family has died. She learns to cope with the additional wives and concubines David has taken as well as the bickering among the wives to have their own son placed on the throne. Michal remains barren and she confronts David in public over the issue making her, she feels, an outcast.

She remains at the palace and is asked to befriend Bathsheba. This is when Michal takes her rightful place as senior wife and demands order among the wives. But as in all ancient communities, war is not far from their door. Michal’s love for David teaches her to endure.

This book is reminiscent of The Red Tent. It is well written, descriptive and intriguing. Ms. Havel and Ms. Faucheux did an amazing job of storytelling and weaving the past into an extremely interesting read.

Authors: Carlene Havel has lived in six US States and two foreign countries, and has traveled extensively throughout the world. She is very active in her church and has a degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Carlene and her husband Glenn are both proud to be native Texans.

Sharon Faucheux was born in New Orleans, LA. Raised in Austin, Texas, she graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Psychology. After living in several others states and countries, she now resides in San Antonio, TX. Sharon’s favorite activity is traveling with her always entertaining family.

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CH said...

Thank you for the lovely review, Vicki! It's heady stuff to be mentioned in the same breath with "The Red Tent"!

Victoria Pitts-Caine said...

You're welcome, Carlene. I'm really impressed with this book. I read the story in the Bible right along with your book. I'm awed by your talent.

Bonnie McCune said...

Congratulations on the new book. What an exciting approach to the age-old story.