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Jill Eileen Smith Books In Order

Publication Order of Wives of King David Books

Michal (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Abigail (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bathsheba (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Wives of the Patriarchs Books

Sarai (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rebekah (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rachel (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Loves of King Solomon Books

The Desert Princess (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shepherdess (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Daughter of the Nile (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Queen of Sheba (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Daughters of the Promised Land Books

The Crimson Cord (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Prophetess (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Redeeming Grace (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Passionate Hope (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Jill Eileen Smith is an American author that writes biblical fiction. The author’s books take characters and scriptures from the Bible and expand upon them to create fully-formed stories of love, sacrifice, and faith.

+Biography

Jill Eileen Smith came to fame when she began the ‘Wives of King David’ series. Before that, Eileen had written a multitude of poems, articles, and even short stories.

The author is a strong believer and she uses her abilities as a writer to spread her faith to the masses. For the most part, Eileen is a stay-at-home mom. Her family comes first for her.

But she also knows she has a gift for the written word. As such, even while undertaking the homeschooling of her three sons over a period of twelve years, she never stopped writing.

Eileen’s passion extends to the piano which she teaches. The author also makes an effort to read the Bible for purposes other than research. She can also be found scrapbooking and experimenting with new recipes.

+Literary Career

Jill Eileen Smith has been a strong Bible-believing Christian for as long as she can remember. However, the Bible never came alive to her until she came across biblical fiction novels like ‘Two from Galilee’ by Marjorie Holmes.

Through Biblical fiction, the author began to perceive the people of the Bible from a new light. She never looked at the Bible the same way after that. And she chose to write Biblical Fiction because she wanted to give other readers the same experience.

Eileen’s novels focus primarily on the women of the Bible. The author gets all her inspiration from the Bible and its stories. She kicked things off with a series of novels about the wives of King David.

That drove her to tackle the life of Abraham and Leah, and then following their line through notable figures like Jacob and Rachel. Eileen treats her books like any other historical novel.

She wants her readers to gain a deeper understanding of Biblical characters as they lived during their times.

Jill Eileen Smith’s characters face numerous trials. The author believes she is able to do such an effective job of presenting their side of the story because she has also faced trials during her life.

As such, she has the capacity to put herself in the shoes of her female protagonists. And Eileen believes that the process has helped her immensely. By looking the strong women of the Bible and seeing how they dealt with their own problems, she has received life-changing epiphanies.

And because the author can commiserate with her characters’ trials, she can more effectively make their personalities pop off the page.

Despite her considerable knowledge of the Bible, Eileen isn’t immune to writer’s block. She gets stuck all the time. Research usually resolves that issue, though. And it isn’t just the Bible that gets her gearings turning.

She will read other novels, not necessarily Biblical Fiction, but stories which happen to be set in the same time period. In fact, most of the author’s novels start with research. Once she selects a time period and a character, she goes online and begins to look at pictures of Jewish, Arab and Persian actors or models.

Eileen’s goal is to find a person that best fits the Biblical figure about whom she wants to write, an actor or model she can envision as she creates her outline. The author’s preparation process isn’t that extensive or detailed.

All she really needs to get started is a loose Summary of her story after she will generally write by the seat of her paints. Eileen normally produces multiple drafts of each book before she achieves the product she desires.

The author loves to accompany her writing sessions with food. A favorite of hers is dark English breakfast tea and some chocolate. She has a pet cat called Tiger that sometimes proves a distraction.

Eileen typically allows him to do as he wishes until his antics make it impossible for her to write.

On occasion, Eileen will entertain music while she writes; preferably classical music. Anything with words tends to confuse her.

+Michal

Michal is the daughter of King Saul. As such, her life has always been one of great privilege and wealth. And she tends to count her blessings. However, Michal also knows that life as the King’s daughter isn’t without its challenges.

The people adore Saul but none of them are privy to his unpredictable and sometimes dangerous moods. And then there’s her beautiful older sister with whom she must frequently compete.

It doesn’t take Michal long to fall for David, her father’s young handsome harpist. And just as their romance begins to show promise, King Saul’s fury is unleashed, forcing David to flee, leaving Michal at her father’s mercy.

Michal hopes that she will reunite with David one day. But that hope is fading, and she fears she might forever remain separated from him.

The first book in the ‘Wives of David’ series attempts to shed some light on one of the famous King’s earliest romantic conquests. The book finds Michal and David trying to nurture and maintain a romantic relationship despite her father’s ill intentions towards David.

The Book has been criticized for being quite thin and shallow in its representation of David’s relationship for Michal. Jill Eileen Smith also receives frequent complaints about her penchant for using time jumps to move her story forward.

+Abigail

Abigail thought Nabal would bring her happiness. However, her handsome, dark-eyed betrothed behaved shamelessly on their wedding day, putting Abigail in a difficult position. And her attempts at treating him with honor and respect failed to extinguish the abuse he inflicted upon her.

This was as Abigail’s family joined David and his wandering tribe who must always remain mobile to avoid King Saul’s men.

Abigail eventually gains her freedom when Nabal dies and she is given the opportunity to marry David.

However, the development only services to further complicate Abigail’s life. David might be a man after God’s own heart but he isn’t following in his ways, so Abigail isn’t sure he has what it takes to lead.

She isn’t even sure she has what it takes to share her husband with the new women he keeps marrying.

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