Michal's Window, A Novel: King David's First Wife
This story takes place in biblical time and is the fictional love story of David (from David & Goliath) and his first wife Michal. The author, Rachelle Ayala, does a fantastic job at writing; for dating back so far she writes the story in a very modern fashion, so there isn't any getting lost or having to look up a thousand year old word just to understand it's meaning.
The story itself...I have mixed feelings about. While it was written in such a way that I couldn't put it down, Michal's Window was just so full of sorrow, it was just heart ache after heartache. My heart went out to Michal more times then I can count, she honestly just suffers throughout the majority of the book, loving a man who in return doesn't want to love her so much. David slowly loses his mind as the years pass and tortures Michal's heart and soul with all of the decisions he makes.
There are many battles and fights in this novel, so it does contain blood and violence and there are sexual scenes, which on some reviews I've read say are "too much," but I found them to be very mild and almost vague, a few times I found myself re-reading a paragraph to try and confirm that the characters actually had sex.
My only complaint about this story is that the word lord is always capitalized (LORD) and it feels like it's being shoved down my throat, but that's just my mentality. It probably wouldn't bother anybody else, but it just makes me uneasy and puts me off balance. The author said "that it is capitalized in the King James Bible and I didn't want people to get confused when it reads differently in the Bible quotes." So there was logic to it and wasn't meant to push.
I give this book a high rating because of the way it's written, but as I said before it's just too sad for my tastes. You can buy Michal's Window for kindle here or in paper back here, it is 458 pages long.
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