~Written by Rachelle Ayala
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Michal's Window by Rachelle Ayala is an enthralling biblical fiction novel about the life of Michal, the daughter of King Saul and wife of King David.
Michal is only 14 when she meets David and she is immediately enchanted with him and he with her. But, Michal is the daughter of a king and David is a poor shepherd and, although he is the anointed King of Israel, King Saul will never allow them to be together. However, when David learns that the bride price for Princess Michal is 100 Philistine foreskins he brings King Saul 200 securing her hand in marriage. Michal and David are delighted to be married, but their happiness is short lived as King Saul's hatred for David drives him out of the city and far from Michal. But, not even the king can keep them apart forever. David eventually takes his rightful place on the throne and calls for Michael to join him, but lust steals his heart and he forsakes their marriage. God curses David and his wives for David's betrayals. He must seek forgiveness and God's guidance to make things right with Michal.
Rachelle Ayala delves into the challenges faced by woman of biblical times. She captures their suffering and continual betrayal of the men in their lives. The underlying theme for her story is timeless as woman, in many countries, are still viewed as possession by their husbands. Her vivid detail brings the story to life and it's easy to find yourself rooting for Michal's deserved happiness, with or without David.
The end of the book contains information about the real characters of the Bible as well as those created by the author, which I found helpful.
I recommend reading Michal's Window, it does not disappoint.
Available at www.amazon.com.