Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rachel: A Book Review

About The Book:

Can true love overcome a legacy of betrayal?
Rachel wants nothing more than for her older half sister Leah to wed and move out of their household. Leah wishes her father would find a good man who would love her alone. Unbeknownst to either of them, Jacob is making his way to their home, trying to escape a past laced with deceit and find the future God has promised him.

But the past comes back to haunt Jacob when he finds himself on the receiving end of treachery. The man who wanted only one woman ends up with sisters who have never gotten along and now must spend the rest of their lives sharing a husband. In the power struggles that follow, only one woman will triumph . . . or will she?

Combining meticulous research with her own imaginings, bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith not only tells one of the most famous love stories of all time but will manage to surprise even those who think they know the story inside and out.

You can read an excerpt of Rachel here, in PDF format

Check out the Reading Group Guide here!

About The Author:

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestsellingMichalAbigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series, and of Sarai andRebekah in the Wives of the Patriarchs series. 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. Learn more at

My Review:

Having grown up in the church, I am very familiar with the Genesis account of Jacob, Rachel and Leah. And I absolutely love it when authors take on a Biblical account and fictionalize it, particularly when it is obvious that extensive research has been done to keep the novel as accurate to God's word as possible! Author Jill Eileen Smith is one such author.

She does an absolute stunning and mesmerizing job and bringing to life the saga of Jacob, Rachel and Leah and Old Testament life in the time of Genesis. In fact, I felt as though I was right there like a fly on the wall, experiencing the journey these three people made. There were definitely times when I was cheering Rachel on and times when I wanted to beat Jacob over the head due to their choices, but its an awesome reminder that our choices have consequences, yet God guides us, even when we don't always follow His ways for us. 

I will absolutely be reading more from this author and cannot wait to see what is next for her! Rachel is the last of The Wives of the Patriarchs series, and I am excited to hear she is focusing on the Biblical character of Deborah next for writing down the road!

I give this book a thumbs up and HIGHLY recommend it! 

BUY IT: You can purchase Rachel 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 Revell Reads Blogging Program, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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