The most recent Wives of the Patriarchs book that I read by Jill Eileen Smith is Rachel. This book looks at the Biblical story of Rachel. Rachel is in love with Jacob, but he is required to work 7 years before they can marry. After working his amount of time, he is tricked and marries Rachel’s half-sister, Leah. He must work 7 more years in order to marry Rachel. The book looks at the relationship between Rachel and Leah as well as their entire family’s relationship until the death of Rachel.
I really like the books in this series because they make Bible stories come to life. The characters are finally ones I can relate to because we get to hear what their thoughts and feelings might have been during that particular time in their life. I also like that the book allows us to see the perspective of Rachel, Leah, and Jacob. This might have been my favorite book in the Wives of the Patriarchs series because I was the most familiar with this story and was able to feel sympathy for the characters based on the individual hardships and trials they faced.
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