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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.

About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and the ebook novella The Desert Princess, book 1 in the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel,
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Product Details

  • Series: Wives of the Patriarchs (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (February 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800734300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734305
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charity U on February 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
Yay! Jill Eileen Smith did not disappoint with this, her newest book! Rebekah, the heroine, is a character who is easy to relate to. I know I'll always remember the insights that I gained about her from this. In the Bible, I've always found her a bit hard to understand - how could she and Isaac choose favorites? How could she deceive him like that? This book did a great job with explaining that. I'm not saying that God "spoke" to Jill and told her how it was...but Jill did a great job putting me, the reader, in Rebekah's mind, so that I understand WHY she might do what she did. For example. Have you ever thought about how Isaac felt after his father Abraham almost sacrificed him? Or what Sarah thought about Abraham doing that? I hadn't...but after this book, wow, I am thinking about that. Once again, this book is Biblically accurate, like all of Jill's have been thus far. Jill mentions in the introduction, if I remember right, that after writing this, she saw Rebekah in a whole new light. I understand that totally...I do too. I can't recommend this book highly enough...and I can't wait for "Rachel."

**Revell supplied me with this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to post a positive review, nor was I paid in any way other than the book.**
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Herbrand on February 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
I really enjoy Biblical fiction books. They give you the basic gist of the Bible story, but also bring the story to life - so while it might be hard to understand or see the timeline in the original Biblical text - you get a feeling for the who the person/people of the story were in real life. Knowing that there have been some liberties taken to flesh out the characters, it is the big events in the characters lives that you remember.

In Rebekah's case, this would be her marriage to Isaac - the journey, both physically and spiritually to get to that point in her life. The birth of Jacob and Esau and the betrayal with the blessing when they were older. You are given some background into Isaac's childhood, and his relationship with Abraham and Sarai. Something I had never really thought about before was how I would feel if one of my parents would be willing to sacrifice me if they thought they were following God's will. Imagine what that does to a young child's relationship with their father - and how it affected the relationship between Abraham and Sarai.

While a lot of this is conjecture on the author's part, it makes these Biblical stories not just stories any more, but makes you realize that these were real people. They had the same struggles we do today with following God's will, betrayal and forgiveness. I have really enjoyed this series so far and am looking forward to the third book, Rachel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on February 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Jill Eileen Smith returns with the Biblical tale of Isaac and Rebekah. :-)

I was first entranced by Miss Smith's writing with the first book in this series, Sarai. If I liked Sarai then I loved Rebekah. I read pretty much the whole book in one day. For me, Rebekah totally surpassed Sarai. Sticking close to what is in the Biblical account; Miss Smith leads us through Isaac and Rebekah's early marriage all the way to the infamous impersonation of Esau by Jacob.

Rebekah came right off the page! I connected with her in a way I didn't expect to and thus had a really hard time setting the book down. The writing flowed, the characters felt real, and the ending already makes me excited for Rachel!

I never felt like I understood Isaac until I read this. He went through a tragic yet amazing event as a child and I never thought about how almost being sacrificed would affect him. He was a great husband and father... Well, at least to Esau.

In sum, if you like Biblical fiction you'll love this one! I also highly suggest you read the chapters in Genesis either before or after reading Rebekah. You'll be amazed and how well Miss Smith stuck to the Biblical account. ;-)

I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, thanks!

Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Stlaurent on February 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
Jill Eileen Smith has a gift of bringing characters from the bible to life. I'm thankful for the review copy of a book that helped me catch a glimpse of Abraham, Isaac, and Rebekah life up-close and personal.

Jill's author notes to readers in the back of the book explains how there isn't enough documentation on many aspects of Isaac and Rebekah's life so she had to take some liberties. This author explains the things she added to make the novel work. I like when authors do that. I think Jill does a great job of piquing interest in Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah and their children to cause readers to go back to the bible and read the story for themselves, to draw their own conclusions.

I've read a few of Jill Eileen Smith's books now and I like that I always learn something new; for instance did you know that Abraham had another concubine other than Hagar and they had six children together? I was clueless. This information had me running to get my bible to find out more about this relationship and their kids.

I appreciated the fact that this author includes scripture references along with the passages; which made it easy to reference. Thanks to this author I'll never look at Rebekah, Isaac and Abraham the same way. She helped to give me fresh eyes when I read the scripture passages once again. Thanks Jill for bringing this story to life and letting me get to know the women in the bible in a fun and unique way. I'm looking forward to this author's next book and so will you!

I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that answers the question, “What does it mean when someone says; God has healed me from the inside out? How can I let God touch the hurts in my heart and be healed?”

Denise says, “You can only live with your heart shut down for so long.
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