3/11/2014

Rachel by Jill Eileen Smith (Review)

My Thoughts:
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.  
About the Book:
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?

Combining meticulous research with her own imaginings, 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.

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