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Michal's Window
by Rachelle Ayala   

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Publisher:  Amiga Books ISBN-10:  B007CVT9F2 Type: 


Copyright:  February 23, 2012

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In ancient Israel where women are property, Michal is ruled by her love for David. Despite separation, betrayal, war and Bathsheba, Michal is on a mission to claim David's heart, that is, until a dashing Philistine warrior crosses her path...

She lost it all in one agonizing moment...

Princess Michal is used to getting everything she wants, and she has her heart set on the young hero David. But their passionate love affair is destroyed by her father's murderous rage. Will David's departing promises be enough?
David the King is no longer the charming harpist she gave her heart to. The most powerful man in Israel, he falls into the arms of the beautiful Bathsheba. 
Temptation comes in the form of a dashing Philistine warrior. Michal vows to be the only woman in David's heart, but does she know her own?
A novel of betrayal, forbidden love, and redemption, Michal's Window is an imaginative retelling of King David's story through the eyes of the woman who loved him first.
Content advisory: mild sexual situations, blood and violence
“Peace for Israel,” he said.

“Is that possible?” I drew closer.

“Yes, if we have peace with God first.”

His profound statement stirred my pulse and kindled a flame, an aching, twisting pang. Unable to sustain his probing gaze, I turned toward the setting sun. Its burnished rays bathed the jagged walls of our palace, dappling the rugged hills with shadows of gold, crimson, and brown.

“So you’re a man of peace. Very good. What about love? Do you wish for love?”

He took my hand and traced my palm with his thumb.

Oh, my soul. A thrill shot straight to my heart. A lone hawk screeched, banked and crested toward the tip of the disappearing light.

“… Tell me, Michal, have you ever been in love?” He raised my hand to his lips but dropped it without kissing it.

Crickets serenaded the darkening sky with scratchy chirps, accompanied by the throaty croak of a persistent toad. I trembled, and David wrapped his arms around me. His scent pulsed hot with sandalwood, raking me with a newborn sense of longing. And his hands, oh, so firm, tightened around my waist, and his prayer shawl entangled my fingers, and his body, oh, the press of his body… made me want…

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