Friday, March 21, 2014

Rachel- Jill Eileen Smith

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Description: Can 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.

My Thoughts: Do to the subject of this story, I was certain that there would be some level of heart break. I was not really prepared for how much I became invested in Rachel and Leah's relationship. Not just because they were married to a patriarch, but because they were sisters struggling with the choices of themselves and others.

Through out the story, I could not help but picture my own sister and I in this situation. How would we handle all that happened to Leah and Rachel? While I am sure that we would have not taken the route of Leah, to be stuck in either her or Rachel's shoes after the fact was something to think about.

Honestly, my only complaint was that the story had a lot of gaps over the years. I would have liked to see more of the seven years that Jacob worked for Leah. I think it would have given a better understanding of why Leah was willing to hurt her sister as she had and also gamble her own happiness on her choice.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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