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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop and Review - Rebekah: Wives of the Patriarchs by Jill Eileen Smith

Can love heal the rift between two souls?
When her beloved father dies and she is left in the care of her conniving brother Laban, Rebekah knows her life has changed forever. Though she should be married by now, it's clear that Laban is dragging his feet, waiting for a higher bride-price to line his pockets. But then Rebekah is given a chance to leave her home to marry Isaac, a cousin she has never even seen, and her hope for the future is restored. Little does she know what a wondrous and heart-wrenching journey she is beginning.

As Rebekah experiences the joy of young love and the bitterness of misunderstanding and betrayal, her resolve is tested. When the rift between Isaac and her grows so wide it is surely too great to be mended, can she trust the God of Isaac's father Abraham to bridge the gap?

I've always been fascinated by the women of the Bible, so I was really eager to read Jill Eileen Smith's take on Rebekah, the wife of Issac and the mother of Esau and Jacob.  I wasn't disappointed!

Smith takes her readers into the heart of this woman who made such an impact on the world with her words and actions. Rebekah is potrayed in this novel as a woman who desperately wanted to show her love and devotion to her beloved husband, but she always felt like she wasn't privy to his inner-most secrets. This caused a rift in their relationship that would last for the duration of their long, long marriage.  Rebekah is also shown as a loving mother, whose sons came to her late in her life, and to whom she showered love and care, sometimes to their detriment.

I was so impressed with how Jill Eileen Smith presented Rebekah as a real, authentic woman who experienced and dealt with many issues that modern day women still deal with - raising a family, caring for a spouse, keeping the peace in the family, moving households numerous times.

"Rebekah" is the second book in Smith's "Wives of the Patriarchs" series - with "Sarai," the wife of Abraham, being the first.  I highly recommend both books as insightful looks into the women who influenced our world both in their own times and still today!

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series, and of Sarai, book 1 in the Wives of the Patriarchs series. Her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

Check out her website at www.jilleileensmith.com for more info on her books and her blog!

SPECIAL:  Tonight!  Chat with Jill about her new book!  For more info, click here for the link - http://shindig.com/event/jilleileensmith

My thanks to Baker Books/Revell for supplying the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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