I have loved all of Jill Eileen Smith's "Wives" books...and this one was no exception to my read-it-all-in-two-days love fest!
As the half-sister AND wife to Israel's patriarch, Abram, Sarai feels the pressure of giving her husband a son. She made a marriage vow to do so, but the years pass and Sarai never conceives, she becomes desperate to give Abram the son he longs for - both culturally and because God Himself promised him one.
I love the humanity that Jill gives the characters we often can view in a very one dimensional way. From Abram's desire to love God despite his humanness to Sarai's manipulation made from a longing heart...I learned to look a little deeper at each person and found myself constantly going back to the Biblical telling as I picked up the multiple facts Jill put into her novel.
Two thumbs way, way up!!
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?
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***I was given a copy of this book for review purposes only.
I received no other compensation and all opinions expressed here are my own.***