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.
Jill Eileen Smith is a very talented writer that I definitely see a passion to spread the Gospel in. Biblical fiction is one of my very favorite genres to read because those who write it spend tons of time researching and pouring their love into their book, therefore Biblical fiction books are generally extremely well written and accurate to what is written in the Bible, but because it is fiction, it has a stylish flare. I was not disappointed in this area with The Crimson Cord, as it was beautifully written and the story plot was engaging. However, the story did seem to lag just a bit here and there, losing my interest temporarily, and the details tended to override the actual story. I was very pleased with the character development though, and loved the emotions that were captured in Smith’s lovely writing style.
Given the above, I rate The Crimson Cord, 4 out of 5 stars and do look forward to reading more books from this author.
“I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”
Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the Wives of the Patriarchs series featuring Sarai, Rebekah, and upcoming Rachel, (Releases 2-1-14) as well as, the bestselling author of Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series published by Revell (Baker Publishing Group.)
Her writing has taken her from the Bible to Israel and she loves learning how women lived in Old Testament times. When she isn’t writing she can be found hanging out with family and friends, reading, bike-riding, testing new restaurants with her husband, or snuggling one of two adorable kitties. She lives with her family in southeast Michigan.
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