Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Reviewing Rachel

Reviewing Rachel, a Biblical Romance Novel by Jill Eileen Smith

From Kathy: Rachel, Book Number Three in “The Wives of the Patriarchs” series, is a well-researched retelling of the classic biblical account of Jacob, a man who loved Rachel so much, he was willing to work seven years for her hand in marriage. Unfortunately, his own deceit comes back to haunt him as his treacherous father-in-law substitutes Leah, the older and less beautiful sister, for the bride Jacob has long awaited. He is entrapped into working seven more years for his beloved.

Jill Eileen Smith takes this section of scripture and deftly weaves additional drama into the white spaces in this Genesis account. The rivalry between Leah and Rachel begins in their childhood home, echoing what Jacob left behind. Vying for his father’s blessing with Esau had culminated in Jacob’s deception and his life being threatened. Guilt plagues him and he becomes saddled with two wives vying for his love and the right to bear his sons. Yet his heart desires only one.

Smith brings them to life with characters you will care about and remember. They are no longer people who lived long ago you read about in the span of a few pages, but instead a husband, wives, mothers and fathers. They have prized love and family above wealth, struggled to know and understand the one, true God and experienced the frailty of life.

Lily’s two-cents: This was a really good book, except that nobody has a cat. Jacob has lots of sheep, but again, no cats! Also, Rachel and Leah had to share their husband, Jacob. I don’t like to share . . . anything! Mom says she’s glad she doesn’t have to share Dad, but she does share him with me. She says that’s a lot different. Well, okay, I suppose. Anyway, despite those little things I don’t totally understand, Mom and I give Rachel four paws up!

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  1. Love Lily's review! LOL. This would be a hard book to write, I think. Thanks for reviewing it!

  2. I agree, Karla! Jill had a lot to cover and she did a beautiful job.

  3. Thanks, Kathy, for such a great review! And thanks to Lily for not being TOO upset about no kitties. (Lily, I'll give you a sneak peek - Rahab has a kitty, but you have to wait until next year to read her story.) Tiger agrees with you, by the way. He's mad at me right now for not wanting to give Deborah a kitty. :)

    1. Lily says that looking forward to reading about a kitty
      is better than no kitty at all. She can't wait to read
      about Rahab's kitty! ;)

      I look forward to reading them both, Jill. Thanks for stopping by today!