Saturday, April 20, 2013

#BookReviews - Recent Reviews of Michal's Window #historical #romance

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In ancient Israel, where women are property, Princess Michal loves her father's worst enemy, the future King David. She sacrifices everything to save his life, but will her heart survive war and separation?

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.

"Ms. Ayala doesn’t pull any punches when Bathsheba steps into the picture, as I have seen in other books attempting to tell this story.  She deals with the betrayal in a way that somehow manages to be both appropriate and exciting at the same time.  Very few writers are able to pull that off, so I was definitely impressed."

Positive Choices - Apr 19, 2013
"Through use of historical landscapes and dialogues she spins a credible and somewhat steamy story that makes you think this could have really happened"

A Mother's Design - Apr 19, 2013
"in the end, love was all that mattered. "

RJ and Jessie Blog - Apr 17, 2013
"A LOT happens. It's all very detailed and fast paced, which is great. It was almost like watching a movie instead of reading a book. I read this book quite quickly because I couldn't put it down. The characters were engaging and interesting. I would love for this to become a movie or TV series. Michal is so easy to like. You just end up wanting to follow her every move just to see what she does next."

A Lucky Ladybug - Apr 16, 2013
"I enjoy getting to know the characters in the stories I read and I am a fan of all these characters.  Even when they are making horrible choices and it's so obvious what they need to do, but then it wouldn't be a story now would it?"

Mom's Thumb Reviews - Apr 10, 2013
"I had no idea when I started this book, that it would be difficult to stop reading it until I had finished.  I was captivated from the beginning.  The author has a way of making the reading exciting, up-to-date, yet able to draw you in to the time period this took place."

My Devotional Thoughts - Apr 6, 2013
"This book is one that I can whole-heartedly recommend to anyone who loves the Bible, history, and even romances.  There is no preaching in the book, and the story is extremely readable."

Savory Savings - Apr 1, 2013
"It was fascinating to imagine along with Ms. Ayala how these people would have acted and what they would say in certain circumstances, given the time. I loved getting a “behind the scenes” glance at King David and his many wives.  It was interesting to see how these women were not simply the “follow because I am told to by a man” types, but more often presented that way, while at the same time, used their sexuality to try to gain the upper hand.  Michal was a strong, stubborn woman who struggled with knowing what she should be doing and what she wanted to do.   I loved watching her grow and learn to trust herself, no matter the consequence."

Mom's Thumb Reviews - Mar 28, 2013
"As I started reading this, it was totally different than what I really expected.  The second night that I had this downloaded on my Kindle Fire, I stayed up until 3am reading because I had to get through the story.  My emotions were excited, happy, torn, broken, uplifted, angered, sorrowful, fearful, joyful, and given peace.  This is one of the most amazingly written book that I've read.  I could literally see myself as Michal."

My "not so" Simple Life - Mar 27, 2013
"Rachelle Ayala does an outstanding job intertwining Biblical fact and fiction. She portrays King David and his wife Michal in a very personal and sometimes vulnerable way. I had a hard time putting the book down, I wanted to find out what would happen next! "

A Bit of Everything - Mar 20, 2013
"Rachelle Ayala mixed fact and fiction together and wrote a very well story that will suck you into 1000 B.C. where you experience their emotions and even live in the story that it becomes so vivid!
Michal sacrificed everything to save King David as she had fallen in love with him dearly.
There is romance, war and heartache in this one book alone.
You certainly need to read and you'll devour this as you read it."

Everyday Life - Mar 19, 2013
"I was a little concerned at first because I admit I'm not well verse in my biblical history as I once was but it never interfered with my enjoyment. Once I picked this book up I couldn't put it down. The journey I took reading this book was powerful, emotional, and beautiful."

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