by Jill Eileen Smith
Wives of the Patriarchs, Book 3
Beautiful Rachel wants nothing more than for her older half sister Leah to wed and move out of their household. Maybe then she would not feel so scrutinized, so managed, so judged. Plain Leah wishes her father Laban would find a good man for her, someone who would love her alone and make her his only bride. 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 and the victim of a cruel bait and switch. The man who wanted only one woman will end 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?
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I have loved all of the Biblical fiction novels from Jill Eileen Smith, and Rachel is no exception. Ms. Smith has a way of bringing Bible stories to live and making us care about the characters in the pages. I admire her for that.
This story focuses on Rachel, Jacob’s choice for a wife. Jacob was cheated out of her being his only wife. Rachel’s sister, Leah, and her father, Laban, tricked Jacob into marrying Leah first. I love the way this story showed Jacob, who had tricked his brother, having to deal with treachery from another. The conflict and fighting between the sisters that was inevitable was also portrayed so we could see how it affected everyone in the story.
The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five was because, although the author did a wonderful job portraying Rachel, my sympathies went more toward Leah. By the end of the novel, I had a yearning to learn more about Leah’s story than Rachel’s. Still overall, a great read that I highly recommend.