Jill Eileen Smith Wives of King David Series is romance with a twist. Biblical history takes a surprisingly realistic view of life and relationships. David, the shepherd-king who was a man after God’s own heart, is shown with all his flaws.
The second book in the series is Abigail. Michal began with young love, but how can you write a romance about the third wife of a man didn’t stop with three? Jill Eileen Smith takes on the challenge of a polygamous household and explores the misunderstandings and failures of intimacy that happen in all marriages. Abigail is the godly wife in Smith’s scenario, but even though she and her husband, David, are seeking the Lord, they make mistakes, jump to conclusions and hurt one another without intending to—just as happens in a modern marriage, however Christian the couple may be.
Traditionally sequels follow one another chronologically, but Michal and Abigail overlap in a fascinating way. Incidents in David’s life that are skipped or only hinted at in the first book are more clearly developed in the second. Abigail appears briefly in book 1. Michal appears in the second, but our understanding is greater because of what we have already read. I look forward to seeing them both through the eyes of Bathsheba, the next volume planned for this series. Actually, I’m hoping this engaging writer will give us a close look at Maacah, mother of David’s handsome, but rebellious son, Absalom, as well.
I highly recommend this series as well-written historical fiction that will make you do some hard thinking about your own romantic relationship.