Can their epic search for true love survive a father’s fury?

The daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege–but one that is haunted by her father’s unpredictable moods and competition from her beautiful older sister. As a girl, Michal quickly falls for the handsome young harpist David. But soon after their romance begins, David must flee for his life, leaving Michal at her father’s mercy in the prison that is King Saul’s palace.

Will Michal ever be reunited with David? Or is she doomed to remain separated from him forever?


About the book

 Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and daring desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes you on an emotional journey as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as the first wife of King David.

Awards & Acclaim

  • 2010 ECPA Christian Book Award Finalist

  • 2010 Carol Award Finalist

  • 2010 Nominated Retailer’s Choice Award General: Fiction Category

  • 2009 ECPA Bestseller!

  • 4-star Review Romantic Times Magazine

Available also in:

  • Dutch

  • Large Print

  • German

  • Afrikaans

  • Romanian

  • Norwegian



“An emotional roller-coaster ride with insightful characters”

Smith gives a heart-rending view into the daily life of Princess Michal, daughter of King Saul and first wife of David. This is a time of war, passion and drama, and the author has clearly done her research. The result is an emotional roller-coaster ride with insightful characters.

RT Reviews 4 stars


“Creatively Expressed and Emotionally Charged”

Jill Eileen Smith has composed a creatively expressed and emotionally charged account of what might have happened between Saul’s princess daughter, Michal, and the soon-to-be-king, David. With a handful of references to actual scripture, Smith warms up to her topic with great enthusiasm as she explores the biblical Michals mindset, strugles, fears, and desires for security and love…Smith also gives personhood to Michal that women will understand and strongly empathize.

—CBA Retailers & Resources, Michele Howe


“enjoyable and entertaining”

Smith’s Michal is passionate, courageous, and desirable as well as selfish, jealous, and unforgiving. Written with an inspirational slant and a smooth narrative, this retelling of Michal’s life allows the reader to see her mature emotionally and spiritually, confronting (however unwilling) events leading to the eventual transformation of her faith in God.

Historical Novels Review, Michael I. Shoop