Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rachel - Wives of the Patriarchs 3 - by Jill Eileen Smith

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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.

My review:

This is a well-written, interesting story that really brings the Bible characters we know to life!  I really felt the heartbreak and pain Leah and Rachel felt as they both love the same man.  I can't imagine how horrible it must have been for Leah to know Jacob didn't want to marry her and that he loved her sister so much. Rachel had her own heartache as she struggled to conceive while Leah had son after son.  I also felt bad for Jacob as he's caught in the middle of their feud.  I feel like I understand not only the Bible story and people better after reading this, but also the customs and time period.  I did find it frustrating to read about these constantly bickering women, so I didn't enjoy this story as much as the previous one in the series about Rebekah.  If you like Biblical fiction, you might want to check it out!

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

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