Thursday, 8 March 2012

Book Review - Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith

Publisher's Blurb:
He promised her his heart. She promised him a son. But how long must they wait?

When Abram finally requests the hand of his beautiful half sister Sarai, she asks one thing--that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even Sarai's father thinks the demand is restrictive and agrees to the union only if she 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?

Combining in-depth research and vivid storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the beautiful and inscrutable Sarai in this remarkable story of love, jealousy, and undaunted faith.

My review: Well this book seems to be based on the one Bible story I know - I haven't read much of the Bible but am familiar with this story. And I must say, the author hasn't added much to it by creating a novel from it.

I found it very slow reading and not at all engaging. And then of course there is the believability factor - not that that is the author's fault, I found it hard to believe when I read it in the Bible too.

Not my cup of tea - I wouldn't recommend it - and for those that are devout, you probably already know the story, this book doesn't make it better.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

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