Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sarai: A Book Review

About The Book:

He promised her his heart. She promised him a son. But how long must they wait?

When Abram finally requests the hand of his beautiful half sister Sarai, she asks one thing--that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even Sarai's father thinks the demand is restrictive and agrees to the union only if she makes a promise in return--to give Abram a son and heir. Certain she can easily do that, Sarai agrees.
But as the years stretch on and Sarai's womb remains empty, she becomes desperate to fulfill her end of the bargain, lest Abram decide that he will not fulfill his. To what lengths will Sarai go in her quest to bear a son? And how long will Abram's patience last?

Combining in-depth research and vivid storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the beautiful and inscrutable Sarai in this remarkable story of love, jealousy, and undaunted faith.

About The Author:

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestselling MichalAbigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series. She has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. 

My Review:

Over the last several years I have had the opportunity to read a number of Jill Eileen Smith's works and they have been fabulous. However, I believe fully that her most recent release, Sarai, book one of her new series, Wives of the Patriarchs, is by far my favorite!

Sarai follows the love story of Sarah and Abraham and from the very first pages, you will be drawn in. The book is so incredibly well researched and although it is a fictionalized account of a Biblical story, Smith does a fantastic job of visualizing one of my favorite stories from the Bible. As I read each page I was reminded of themes like waiting on God's timing, and listening to God's wants for us, not our own. It was amazing to read about the various customs of Biblical times through Smith's interpretations and I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. If you are a fan of Biblical Fiction and have not had the opportunity to read Jill Eileen Smith's work, you need too. And if you are already a fan, you will be pleasantly surprised with this new release.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Sarai at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Shirley, for such a kind review of SARAI! I'm so glad you liked the story. (My mom's name is Shirley!) :)

    ~Jill Eileen Smith