Book Review: Rebekah 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?

Join bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith as she fills in the blanks around the life of the enigmatic Rebekah.

Isn’t that cover gorgeous? /sigh/

This is the second in Ms. Smith’s Wives of the Patriarchs series. I thoroughly enjoyed Sarai and have looked forward to Rebekah for nearly a year.

Ms. Smith does a fabulous job of pulling us into the world of ancient Israel. I love the relationship between Isaac and Rebekah – at least until Jacob and Esau are born and Jacob doesn’t quite believe Rebekah’s story that an angel appeared to her, telling her Jacob was to be the heir.

After that their relationship was strained – understandably so.

One… down side? to reading true stories is that the ending is a given and can’t be changed unless we don’t truly know the ending. Regardless, I was drawn into the world and Rebekah didn’t let go until I was finished several hours later.

Overall rating: 9 out of 10 stars

Thanks to the author and publisher for a free copy in exchange for my review.