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Michal's Window (A Novel: King David's First Wife) by [Ayala, Rachelle]
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El Velo se ha Caido - Mario Gomez "I climbed through Michal's Window with skeptical anticipation. How compatible would romance be with something as controversial as biblical truth? And, how would Rachelle Ayala manage to draw forth plot twists and intrigue from a tale as well worn as time itself? But as I began turning the pages, Ayala's brilliant prose breathed life into one of history's most misunderstood protagonists, captivating my attention for the duration."

Backstabber Book Blog - Sudeshna Thakurta "There hasn't been a single night I didn't go to bed without thinking of Michal, and her plights. When she craved for David, I hoped he'd come back to her. When she saw how power and time changed David, I felt sad for her. It was only Michal who was on my mind. It makes you sink into the world of the characters and makes you think over and over again, replaying each event in your head. I sympathized and empathized with Michal."

Araceli of My Book and My Coffee "A very long, interesting, colorful, and worthy read. This book is far from the ordinary - it's an imaginative journey with Michal and David. This book made me smile, blush, cry, and many more. This will be a great TV series. While discovering Michal and David's love story, I can't help but think of Ross and Rachel from F.R.I.E.N.D.S."

★★★★★ 5-Stars by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite  "In the past few years I have become a fan of Biblical fiction and Ayala's novel does not disappoint! This story is well-written as it is filled with vivid details, well-developed characters ... creating a complete picture of life as lived in Biblical times."

From the Author

Michal is one of those fascinating women in history who had the guts to stand up to the establishment and the courage to take her punishment. I knew there was more to her story than the surface presentation in the Bible. If God was so adamant about men remaining with the wife of their youth (Proverbs 5:18-19) and not mistreating their covenant wife (Malachi 2:14), then why did it seem as if David got away with his burgeoning harem?

Michal was shortchanged in most history books, novels and Bible commentaries, so I wrote my own version of her story to vindicate this heroic woman, too strong for her time.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4460 KB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Amiga Books; 3 edition (July 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CVT9F2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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This has to be one of the greatest love stories ever told, and Ayala has done a wonderful job with its inventive reconstruction.
Michal, daughter of Saul, was the first wife of King David. They met as youngsters, mere teens, and David won her hand battling the Philistines and killing Goliath. Circumstances, fear, exile and political unrest led to their separation, in which time David took other wives, and Michal had to fight to keep her faith alive that David had not forgotten her.
The course of their marriage and relationship appears to be complicated and tumultuous at best. Michal is sometimes his Queen, first wife, and love of his life, and other times has offended her husband and/or God, and is banished from his harem. I did not always understand quite what it was she'd done to upset everyone, given the way David often appeared to cut her out.
Ayala describes an extremely sexual, sensual, steamy alliance between the two, with more graphic intimacy scenes than I've read in years, and perhaps more than is necessary, especially within a Biblical story.
But she also vividly portrays the lifestyles, dress, meals, entertainment, living abodes, funeral rites and countryside of the Israelites, the Philistines, and other warring tribes.
The author suggests you re-read 1 and 2 Samuel for the original Biblical story, but from her cast of characters it looks as though she has kept with true events as far as is necessary, and filled the rest in with her imaginative storytelling skills.
This is a very big story that reaches right into the heart of King David, both warrior and musician, a man after God's own heart, where lay his second greatest love - his first wife, Michal.
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Michal's Window tells an AMAZING story of the life of King David's first wife, Michal. Never has a story drew me in and took me to the past, but in a present kind of way, as this one has. We get to walk, run, fear, and most importantly, love as Michal does. From the moment she meets David, a poor shepherd boy and harpist (musician), come to calm a raging King Saul, Michal's father, who's been plagued by demon spirits, to the exciting moments when David and Michal fall in love and marry. The times of trouble start as a jealous King Saul seeks to put David to death. The heart-wrenching story of the newlyweds separated when Michal helps David escape her father's wrath, knowing she herself could be put to death by such an act. From this point on, the story only deepens and takes us through the painstaking quest with Michal, to find her beloved David, to a much later reunion, when David becomes king and follows through with an earlier promise to send for Michal to live in his kingdom.

From a long awaited moment, through times of desperation, and the yearning to be with the one you love, Michal's trials are just beginning. A reunion met with additional wives, and a harem, only pepper Michal's heart with bitterness, jealousy and the need to feel wanted. Her love for King David never ceases, but when she feels she is no longer the one and only, set aside, competing with not one woman, but many, her desires and weakness of flesh, bring her to do things unspeakable in that era, B.C.E.

We get to see and feel so many things in this novel. Not only do we eat, breath, and live as Michal did, but we get to see some of young David to the rise of his kingdom, and his own heart. We meet new characters along with some originals, which only add to the brilliance of this story.
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Rachelle Ayala's Michal's Window is a wonderful mix of biblical fact and imagination. It is easy to cheer for the tenacious Michal as she fights for the man she loves. Michal's longing for David and her undying love, even in the face of adversity, pulls at your heart as you live her life through her eyes.

Not being a person who is 100% up to date on bible stories, Michal's Window slipped me into the fantasy of 1000 B.C. Israel. Ayala does a wonderful job at mixing fact with fiction, and the story gripped me from beginning to end. The familiar story of David and Goliath is fascinating to watch play out per Ayala's interpretation. The seduction of Bathsheba is reenacted in an intriguing and intimate manner.

Although the LORD does play a large part in the book for David, I never felt preached at. Instead, I was wrapped up in the characters and their problems as if I were there, walking in their sandals.

Ayala has wonderfully portrayed both the time and the people. I would definitely recommend this book to any lovers of romance or historical fiction. A very entertaining ride!
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I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to
review it. I'll admit I wasn't completely sold on reading biblical fiction, especially since I'm not very well versed on biblical history to begin with. However, this epic love story was very gripping. I liked that the author listed an appendix of characters at the end so that we could see who was taken from the Bible and who was created in the author's imagination. The book, at times, is very graphic, but in my opinion it only adds to the realism of how cruel life could have been at the time, living under a king whose realm is constantly at war. It was so entertaining as written that I found myself wishing the real Bible was so enthralling. Maybe if it was this interesting I'd be more likely to read it! I like that the author portrayed the characters' faith so well without pushing faith onto the reader. We are left to come up with our own interpretation of their faith. Had I known absolutely nothing about the Bible or Judaism, I would still have loved this book. Don't let an absence of Biblical knowledge keep you from this epic journey. Do keep a box of tissues next to you as you read, particularly as you get to the end of this powerful love story.
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