Thursday, May 7, 2015

#REVIEW: The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith

Title: The Crimson Cord
Series: Daughters of the Promised Land #1
Author:  Jill Eileen Smith
Published Date: February 17, 2015
Publisher: Revell Publishers
Format: ebook
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780800720346
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Synopsis: Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband's debt. Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho's walls--or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have completely fallen in love with Jill Eileen Smith as an author of Biblical fiction. It started with Sarai, the story of Sarah, and from there I was hooked. She does such an incredible job of bringing each of the characters to life and introducing them to the reader. After finishing one of her books, the readers truly feels as if they know the character personally and have walked beside them. Her characters stay with you long after the book is put away.
From the first page I was transported into biblical Jericho, the famed, walled city that no one could get past. The story of the spies and Rahab is dry, as is most of the Bible. The author brings these rather boring stories into beautiful color and life, giving each character depth and beauty, even the ugliest of characters. 

If you have never read Jill Eileen Smith before, this is an author you really should add to your bookshelf.

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