“Rachel” by Jill Eileen Smith is book three in the “Wives of the Patriarchs” series. It is the fictionalized story of Jacob and his two wives, Leah and Rachel.
Jacob fooled his father Isaac into believing that he was the favorite son instead of Esau. Jacob’s mother warned Jacob that Esau wanted to kill him and that he should leave the area. He then travelled to Harran to his relative, Laban. He met Rachel and desired her for his wife.
Jacob has worked for Laban for seven years in order to purchase his daughter Rachel as his wife. However, Leah, Rachel’s sister, is older and wants Jacob for herself. Laban and Leah’s mother concoct a scheme in which Jacob is duped into marrying Leah and then is offered Rachel as a second wife if he will work for Laban for more years than agreed upon.
I did not think that I would like this book after the first chapter, but the more I read, the more I became interested. I felt sorry for Leah and Rachel, sisters in love with the same man and having to share him. This was very enlightening to me that this arrangement caused so many difficulties. It brought to light what might have happened in the family of Jacob.
I read the story with the thought that I would never allow this to happen to me. But, of course, in Biblical times, the ways of the people were quite different than we know now. I would recommend this book as a way to expound on the Bible. Even though the work is fiction, it is based on the Bible.
I received a free print copy of this book from Revell.com in return for my honest, personal review, which is my own.