Sunday, February 9, 2014


In “Rachel” by Jill Eileen Smith we are taken to Harran 1879 BC. Rachel and Leah are sisters and they do not get along very well. They both want to get married and leave their father’s house. When Jacob comes to their home he immediately wants Rachel for his wife. Her father makes him work for him for seven years before he will allow Rachel to wed. When the time is up and everything looks like it will work out for Rachel and Jacob a switch happens and Leah is the one Jacob marries. Rachel and Jacob are both devastated and he will do anything to have her even working seven more years for her father. The animosity between the sisters grows when Jacob makes it known that he does not have feelings for Leah and that Rachel is his one true love. Things only get worse as Leah has son after son and it looks like Rachel may be barren. Will they all be able to put their anger and jealousy aside for the man they love?

This book brings to life the struggles Rachel, Leah, and Jacob had for many years. This is a very well written book that will make you feel like you are there with the women as they try to get along. You will understand the anger and jealousy that Rachel and Leah had towards one another and you will see that with time and compassion they are able to accept the situation they were thrown into. This is a very moving book that shows us that God is always with us in our struggles and that things will always happen in His time and not ours. I highly recommend reading “Sarai” and “Rebekah” as well to have the full story of Jacob’s family. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

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