Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith

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 promises 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?


I don't read very many novels that are about people from the Bible - usually I find them disappointing, but something about this book made me want to read it and I am sure glad I did!

As a person who was raised in a Christian household, I have known the story of Sarai/Sarah my whole life. Yet, after reading this book I feel as though I have heard the story for the first time - it was so real, so vivid, so fresh that it seemed like a whole new story. I now feel like I know so much more about Sarai/Sarah than I did before.

A couple of times while reading this book, I thought "I don't remember this!" and "oh no, this is not right!" only to check in the Bible and find that it was correct - it was just something I didn't ever remember reading! With a story that is told SO much, I was surprised by how much I learned.

While reading this book, I became immersed in the story and I was so hoping that things would be different - even though I knew what the outcome would be. I don't think I will ever think of these people the same way again.

I very much enjoyed reading Sarai and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the Wives of the Patriarch's series. I now want to read all three books in Jill's first series, The Wives of King David (Michal, Abigail, & Bathshebavery soon.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

“Available March 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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Product Details:
  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800734297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734299
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Available to purchase at Amazon

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal, Abigail and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series. She has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.


  1. Oh, I like Biblical stories. The last related story I've read was The Love Story of Esther by Joan Wolf, which I found so delightful in the same way you found Sarai by Jill Smith great! I would love to read this story. Thanks for featuring!

  2. Hey Megan! Just wanted you to know you've been tagged! Enjoy and be blessed!
    Megan S.