Book Review: Sarai a Novel by Jill Eileen Smith

Sarai, Wives of the Patriarchs Series #1

Product Description
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?

We must keep in mind that this book is fiction and not a real account of the lives of Sarai and Abram. This book does have a more modern feel with the dialog between the characters, instead of the “normal ancient way of speaking”, so its easy to follow.

This book gives you a feel for what Sarai and Abram’s life could have been like and their challenges.
We learn how Sarai’s faith was challenged, though it seemed at times she didn’t trust God as much as you would think, and how she grew closer to God.

The book is well written. It provides good details to make you feel like you are there experiencing with them.

I was a little shocked to see the words “half naked slave girl”. I wanted to cover my eyes and say “T-M-I”. Not that I would normally be bothered, but this is a christian book after all, so I felt it a bit taboo for some reason.

My overall opinion of the book is not a good one. I really had a hard time getting through it, so to be honest, I kept skipping pages to make it go faster.
I felt the book was filled with too much drama and not enough happy moments. It seemed like everyone was always in turmoil, especially emotionally.

This is the second book I have read of this kind, and I was not impressed with this one. Things just didn’t seem right. Some of the details of the setting didn’t seem ancient enough. Maybe it was just me, but it seemed to modern to be believable. Are books not meant to pull you in and make you feel like its real?

I really don’t recommend this book. I just can’t. It made me depressed. I love the story, in the bible, because it showed that God will provide on his own timing. And this book conveyed that, but with a lot of drama.

~~This book was provided for free by the publisher Revell Baker Publishing group for an honest review~~

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