Jill Eileen Smith excels at penning interesting, well-written, and moving historical fiction. "Rachel" is a solid addition to her growing repertoire, providing a new look at the well loved story of Jacob, Rachel and Leah. She does a fantastic job at getting into the minds and hearts of the Biblical characters, giving us readers a new insight into why they may have acted the way they did. I absolutely loved how she described Jacob's encounters with God, especially the scene where Jacob wrestles with God by the river. It provided me with a fresh appreciation for how Jacob must have felt to go through such an incredible experience. Smith gives a lot of insight into the conflict Rachel and Leah must have had, as Leah marries her husband on Rachel's wedding night. The author helps us peer into Rachel and Leah's minds as they struggle with loving the same husband, and Smith also captures Jacob's desperate love for Rachel, exploring how he must have felt like a pawn in their father Laban's hands. I loved how in this story Rachel and Leah do experience a level of reconciliation that I like to imagine occurred in real life. Smith follows the biblical account as accurately as could be possible, while doing a beautiful job of fleshing out the story, and I enjoyed this book from start to finish!
"Rachel" is another winning read from an author who continues to give me a fresh appreciation for many of my favourite characters from the Bible. I award this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
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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.
-- I knew a little about Rachel/Jacob/Leah but this book really made me think. Rachel and Jacob were in love. They thought Rachel's father had promised to give Rachel to Jacob after working seven years for him. But Laban is sneaky and he makes Jacob seal the deal with his older unmarried daughter, so Jacob has to keep Leah too. So now he has to work seven more years for Laban to give him Rachel too.
This story is fascinating. I really enjoyed it, for the most part. It seemed in areas to drag for me, so that is why I gave it four stars instead of five. I did enjoy it though, but sometimes, I wondered if it had a modern touch, rather than what they really did and thought? That put me off a bit as well. Team Leah here though. I thought that Rachel used her wild ways a bit too much!
I received a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest opinion.
Jill Eileen Smith is back with another book based on Biblical characters. I am not sure why I didn't connect with this book more. I have loved Jill's books and always found them enjoyable, but this story just didn't ever click for me. I found Leah, unlikable, and had trouble ever pitying her, like I do when I read the story in the Bible. While the writing was good, the connection wasn't there for me. Not my favorite of Jill's books. 4 stars because Jill is an excellent writer and the book was good, just unable to connect personally.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
First off, I love all of this author's books. I haven't read one that I said, "ehh, that was okay." I always come away from her books feeling like I know her characters and I understand the bible story they are based on better. You can tell Mrs. Smith puts a lot of time into her research. If you follow her blog, then you know biblical history is one of her passions. She weaves the biblical story into her fiction and the outcome is a book that you won't soon forget. The story of Rachel is filled with treachery. First you have Jacob's mother who ensured her son stole the blessing that belonged to his older brother, Esau. Then, you have Laban who stepped in and switched brides on Jacob at the last minute. Once they are both married to the same man, Rachael and her sister, Leah, have to find a way to share him and endure. It's a story that will make you cheer, laugh, cry, and sigh with love. It was a book that kept me guessing and I enjoyed every minute of it.
This is the third book in "The wives of the Patriarch" series and the best of the three in my opinion. This story has been one of my favorite bible story for years. However this book tells the story of Jacob and Rachel and Leah with fresh perspectives that enriched the story tremendously. I truly found this book fascinating. Reading the account in the scripture, I have always felt sorry for Rachel and looked at Leah as the bad guy and Jacob as very foolish man. But this book brought a changed to all that. I found that the author brought heart to the characters and gave the reader a "why" they behaved the way they did. I love books that tell the tale of "how it could have been".
This book basically covers the time frame of the weddings until the end of Rachel life. I did absolutely love the way the book ended. I thought it was very realistic.
It was a great read and I completely recommend it.