Monday, March 5, 2012

Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith * A Review

Sarai, the last child of her aged father, is beautiful, spoiled, and used to getting her own way. Even as a young girl, she is aware of the way men look at her, including her half brother Abram. When Abram finally requests Sarai's hand, she asks one thing--that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even her father thinks the demand is restrictive and agrees to the union only if Sarai makes a promise in return--to give Abram a son and heir. Certain she can easily do that, Sarai agrees.

But as the years stretch on and Sarai's womb remains empty, she becomes desperate to fulfill her end of the bargain--lest Abram decide that he will not fulfill his. To what lengths will Sarai go in her quest to bear a son? And how long will Abram's patience last?

Jill Eileen Smith thrilled readers with The Wives of King David series. Now she brings to life the strong and celebrated wives of the patriarchs, beginning with the beautiful and inscrutable Sarai.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Revell (March 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800734297
ISBN-13: 978-0800734299
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of the the Wives of King David series. Her research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. She lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

  Another fantastic book by Jill Eileen Smith. Sarai is the first book in the series Wives of the Patriarchs.
  Jill really has a way with telling a story and she is so good with these historical fiction stories.  You really feel a part of the book and can’t wait to read it from cover to cover.
  There is only one thing I thought could be better and that is the cover of the book Sarai. Sarai was suppose to be one of the most beautiful women ever and I don’t think the cover did her justice.
  I’ve read the story of Abram and Sarai many times and  thought Jill really captured the story and also she really made the characters seem real, as they are, and also they have such depth of feeling.
    I love the way Abram never doubted God’s promises and kept believing even when odds were against them.
  I also really felt more compassion for Hagar than I ever did before. In this book Hagar was a daughter of pharaoh and not just a slave.
  This is a great book. A wonderful way to start a new series. I recommend this book. Another winning book for Jill Eileen Smith.

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I received my free copy from Donna Hausler from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I loved your review. Each thing you said made me want to read this more. Haggai was the daughter of a pharaoh? interesting tidbit, but i suppose essential to the story. want to read it, after reading your review. Thanks for sharing