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Daughter of the King by [Faucheux, Sharon, Havel, Carlene]
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Reviewed by Gayani Hathurusingha for Readers Favorite
The novel "The Daughter of the King" is capable of transporting the reader to the far away social context of a bygone era. The characters, geographical locations and the lifestyle presented through the chapters provide the reader with a novel experience and that itself contributes considerably to augmenting the artistic unity and readability of the novel. Yet the development of the character of the protagonist, Princess Michal, implies that human emotions and relationships remain the same, irrespective of time or context. The writers provide elaborate details of the unfamiliar landscape and the lifestyle unfolded through the events of the plot. Ultimately, the novel interlaces romance, adventure and actual religious history, making the reading of the book a pleasurable experience. Moreover, the writers have successfully addressed the challenge of preserving the verisimilitude of the plot, and the originality of scripture, displaying their ability to spin fiction out of stark facts.

From the Author

This book started with a wish to write about a woman from the Bible.  After reading of a spat between King David and Princess Michal, the co-authors thought she might be our next heroine.  The Biblical account of her helping David escape from mad King Saul convinced us Michal was the one.  Not only did the princess love and marry one of the most famous kings of antiquity, she had some hair-raising adventures along the way. How could we resist writing her story?

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  • File Size: 717 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Prism Book Group (Illuminate) (December 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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By Anna Kittrell on April 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Daughter of the King is the adventurous tale of a brave and beautiful princess, a king handpicked by God, and what might have occurred behind the scriptural scenes.

Initially, the stunning cover art drew me to the book, but the strength of the story kept me captivated. Against a vibrant backdrop of sights and sounds, Princess Michal--daughter of King Saul--recounts the passionate love she shared with David on his journey from shepherd to King of Israel.

My heart soared when Princess Michal married her true love, and then shattered when she was forced to share her husband with the other palace wives and concubines. But for better or worse, she honored her marriage to David, the husband of her youth. Steadfastly, Michal believed the pain of loneliness did not compare with the glory of loving a king with a heart after God's own.

I recommend this book to all readers who have a love for scripture and a yearning for romance. Admittedly, I read the last page through a veil of satisfied tears.
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Daughter of the King by Carlene Havel is a Christian fiction that takes many liberties with the story of David. I hate having to describe this book as fiction because it is an expanded account of the books of 1 and 2 Samuel however so many facts are omitted, details added, and liberties taken that I have no choice. I enjoyed the story of David as recounted from the perspective of his first wife, Michal, the youngest daughter of King Saul, but having now finished the book I wish I had not read it. I am certain that there are many readers out there who will love this story but, for me, it varied too much for my preferences.

First, a few things I loved about the book. I did feel very emotionally connected to the characters. Even though the book started out a little bit slow I did feel an intimate emotional hook that made me want to read the story. Despite being familiar with the story of David I was uniquely drawn to this book because it is written from the perspective of his first wife, Michal. Later in the book this perspective became an issue for me but in the beginning it was a joy. Very rarely are we given insight into the perspective and feelings of a woman from the Old Testament so it was an enjoyable change. I also loved seeing Michal's growth as the reader flips between Michal as a young adult and her memories as a child and her first year with David. By the end of the book we know Michal as an old woman beyond her child-bearing years. Being able to experience her entire story was wonderful, despite it not adhering completely to Biblical details.

I also appreciated that Havel began each chapter with a scripture verse. It helped to connect the Biblical story of David to her story about Michal.
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By K/J on February 7, 2013
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I started reading this book around six in the evening and finished it at three a.m. I could not put the book down. The story told from the view point of King Saul's daughter, Michal was so interesting and enjoyable. Like I said, I could not stop reading.
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Daughter of the King is far different from my usual reading material and I started it with some trepidation. I found myself almost immediately caught up in the story of Michal, the daughter of Saul and the senior wife of David. Writing historical fiction using characters from scripture, particularly one as well known as David, has its perils but Havel and Faucheux pull it off beautifully. First, by starting each chapter with Biblical passages, they ground the story in the context of what we know from scripture. Second, they have clearly done their research; the locations, clothing, tools, architecture, etc of the period are so well rendered that it is easy to believe their version of events. Given their desire to create an interesting plot, it would be easy for the authors to get carried away and lose track of the story of David, Michal, Jonathan, Saul, etc based on what we know from the Old Testament. They never fall into that trap; they create a lovely tale but never lose the truth of their characters. If I had one criticism, and it is a minor one, it's that when Michal finally is reunited with David and meets the other wives, the pace slows down a bit for a few chapters. Even so, it is understandable that the authors have to spend some time establishing the new characters and setting things up for the final third of the book. All in all, this is a very enjoyable read and well worth your time. I highly recommend it.
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This book tells the Biblical story of King Saul's youngest daughter, Michal. The authors added imaginary conversations to factual events. Some literary license was taken, but in all, the story follows history. The book begins with Michal married to Phaltel. This man is actually her second husband. Her father, King Saul was furious with his daughter for saving David's life, and as punishment, he wed her to another, even though David still lived. In Phaltel's household, Michal receives abuse from his multiple wives. The husband is none too pleasant either.
When Michal returns to David after seven years in this horrid man's house, she finds her father, King Saul and her family dead. By this time, David has added six wives, six sons and one daughter. Michal asks David if his wives love him. He replies, "Some more than others."
I didn't think I'd enjoy this book as much as I did. So much is known about King David, and I feared the book wouldn't be fresh. I was wrong. The authors researched many details about lifestyles, fashions, and abodes back in Biblical times. This is a highly entertaining book. You'll love the characters and receive new insight into the life and times of real people. Scripture at the beginning of each chapter helped the reader know where to find the corresponding story in the Bible.
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