Book Review – Daughter of the King by Carlene Havel & Sharon Faucheaux

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I stumbled on Netgalley and two things that I was never really into made me happy. “e-books and Christian fiction” I randomly picked books that I perceived fair enough to review. I just wanted to try Christian fiction and honestly I did not know my request to review the book would be approved. To be honest, I had no expectations.


“Scripture is truth. Daughter of the king is fiction”

The story follows Michal the daughter of King Saul, growing up as a princess: having to deal with her father slipping in and out of his sanity, her budding love for David, puberty and getting married at young age.

The story doesn’t derail from the scripture account of how Michal’s story unfolded. A princess in every right but it didn’t shield Michal from suffering. Her love for David ruled her life. She made sacrifices for him that almost caused her to be rejected by her father.
Something we have accepted that things never go as planned as someone’s dream is cut short; a new pact is made in the middle of this there is hope.
Michal gets reunited with her first love but life does not remain the same. How does she survive losing something, getting it back but does not seem like it? This book is about love, survival, betrayal, broken hearts, letting go and God.

“I should have told Tirzah to thank God for the gift of poverty. She may not understand what a great blessing it is that Joash would never be able to support an additional wife. Will she know to cherish that her husband belongs to her alone?”


“Bida was particularly mean to Michal often referring to her contemptuously as ‘Her Royal Lowness’

This book is beautiful. There is no other word that comes to my head than ‘beautiful’. I must say it is carefully written. I think one of the hardest things to write is Christian fiction. The writers should be applauded for carefully segueing from one chapter to another. The rhythmic flow of bible verses subtly developed into chapters provides a rich knowledge of the book.
I wish I had a physical copy of this book; I would have drawn heart shapes all over.

“There used to be poetry in our union”

This book is beautifully written. It is a compelling book that you cannot put down until the last page. I like that every chapter starts with a bible verse. The connection between different events in the bible is outstanding.
Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The authors didn’t try too hard. They make me want to develop love for Christian fiction.
Prior to reading this book, I had a nebulous knowledge about David and Michal, the old testament in general. This book will help you know things. Its fiction you might say but it is carefully written. It is not like the scriptures were thrown out of the whole book.
The saddest part of the book was chapter thirty-six Bible Verse:

“And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart” II Samuel 6:16

I was like Michal; “ I was rooting for you”. With this book, I was happy and wanted to know more about David.

Please, totally read this book. 4.5/5

PS: this book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Tite: Daughter of the King
Authors: Carlene Havel and Sharon Faucheaux
Publishers: Prism Book Group
Source: NetGalley

Funmilola Ogunseye
Funmilola Ogunseye
Funmilola is an avid reader who carries a book around every where. A writer, lover of all things beautiful, believer,inbound Marketing Strategist and a budding psychologist.


  1. Aisha Yusuff says:

    Well done. I can tell you enjoyed the book and I’ll have to admit, I’ve only ever read one Christian fiction in my whole life and a few Islamic fiction but I’ll love to read this one then 🤔

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