Elle Burton


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Smashwords book reviews by Elle Burton

  • Michal's Window (A Novel: King David's First Wife) on May 13, 2013

    Absolutely Amazing! I couldn't put the book down and read it on my kindle straight into the evening hours and early morning. It is a long novel, which counted for quite a few breaks in between,. But Michal's Window truly seizes your attention. In the first chapter, you are filled with emotion and captured with rage, frustration and callous. You realize quickly that the author has taken you through a time warp and you are immersed in the world of ancient Israel, during the times of King Saul, David and Michal. The book is set as Historical Fiction and takes us through the tales of a less spoken voice, the side of Michal that is not necessarily counted or developed in the Biblical tales. The book tries to remain historically accurate with times and ages of the characters, their reactions and responses and some of the "underground" movements of emotion and action. The book does get graphic, so if you mistakenly interpret the novel as a Christian novel of fact, then you will be sorely misinformed. This is part of what I appreciate about this novel. I'm not into any readings (or news) that is cookie-cutter, appealing to the masses types. I believe books are supposed to inspire thought, individualism and even some controversy. Even the Bible inspires thoughts, forces us to derive choices and show the tribulations, triumphs and distresses of the faithful. I enjoy the author's creation of drama and presence in a book, and this is exactly what Rachelle Ayala offers her readers, with this capturing novel of the life of King David, as seen through the eyes of his "first" wife, Michal.