Jill Eileen Smith has taken a  story from the Old Testament that is so familiar to most Christians that we may tend to miss the whole truth in how it could relate to our own lives. The author includes the actual scripture at the beginning of each section of the novel then with the use of much research and her vivid imagination begins to fill in between the lines with a captivating tale that gives her readers with a more intimate look at everyone involved. As we get to know Rachel, Jacob, and Leah better, we begin to see what motivated them. We also get some insight into possible reasons that Joseph’s history played out the way it did.

A story filled with jealousy, manipulation, and deception, “Rachel” was also laced with faith and prayer. It was interesting how the characters acknowledged God’s answers to their prayers yet fell back to their own plots and plans over and over again and only remembered to pray when they became desperate. I realized that many Christians today, myself included, tend to follow their example when our lives would probably run more smoothly if we would only follow the Lord’s will.

“Rachel” was  an encouraging lesson as well as an enjoyable way to learn more about Old Testament people and customs. I believe it would be an excellent book to include in the required reading for high school age home schoolers.

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


RachelCan true love overcome a legacy of betrayal?

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.

“A faithful portrayal of the story of Jacob and his two wives, Rachel will make you feel the agony of two sisters in love with the same man. Smith has the knack of making her fiction feel truly authentic to the world of the Bible.”
Tessa Afshar, award-winning author of Harvest of Gold

Read an excerpt from “Rachel” HERE.


JillEileenSmithJill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series, and of Sarai and Rebekah 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. Learn more at