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Rachel and Leah (Women of Genesis Series #3)

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    Excellent Bible Tale

    Card has a special flair for bringing lesser known bible tales to life in a compelling manner. This is one of those tales. The grandson of Abraham & Sarah (Jacob) travels to a relative's camp (Laban) to find a bride. He is promised by Laban that if he works for seven years, that he can marry Laban's youngest daughter Rachel. Jacob agrees and then needs somebody to copy the holy books of Abraham that he carries.

    Jacob is assigned Bilhah, the handmaiden of Laban's older daughter Leah. Bilhah is a young woman who was robbed of her inherited dowery by an unscrupulous cousin who was indentured to Laban. With no place to go and no money, she ended up living in Laban's camp. Leah has difficulty with her sight (probably just severly near-sighted) which makes it difficult for her father to find a husband for her. Also, she has a very "bitter" personality because of this which does not help matters.

    Leah becomes interested in Jacob's holy books and joins Bilhah and Jacob in reading and discussing the holy books. Little by little the words of the books creep in to Leah's soul making her a less bitter. With Leah's love of the books, it becomes obvious that she has more in common with Jacob than Leah, who spends her days attending the herds.

    To say more, would spoil the ending for those not familiar with it. I really enjoyed this tale and look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2006

    Can it be?....

    I have not finish the book yet.... I just finished 'In the Shadow of the Ark' by Anne Provoost, and when I went to put the book away, I noticed that both covers had the same picture... now, you might be thinking so what? But I am into these books, this time in history, and I hate to think the author did not research his cover a little better... Is Rachel the same as ReJana from the Ark or if you research a little more.. the same as 'Flaming June' Just disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2006


    Just as its predessors, it had me on the first page. Card does an amazing job of recreating the world these women lived in. He gives each of these women believable personalities that the reader falls in love with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2006

    Well worth the wait!

    I have waited and searched for this book ever since reading the first two novels in the series and I have not been disappointed. The tale is crafted beautifully and no word is wasted. Definitily a book that you cannot put down once you pick it up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2004

    Enchantingly Beautiful

    Although this biblical story of Rachel and Leah never fails to interest me in pretty much any form I have to say that Mr. Card has written a masterpiece. I am not the most religious of people but after reading this book I was inspired. I have read the three books that are in this series but if you have not read the previous books Sarah and Rebekah it doesn't affect your complete understanding of this book. I strongly recommend all three books. In this novel betrayal, love, religion, and intense characterizations are skillfully combined to make the famous Rachel and Leah, wives of the prophet Jacob, seem like our own friends. Mr. Card shows Jacob's humanity and creates an ancient world and a different kind of lifestyle that captures its readers until they are no longer readers but the people in that world, alongside the beautiful Rachel, the tender-eyed Leah, the orphan Bilhah, the seductress Zilpah, and the prophet of God: Jacob, whom all of these women will come to love.

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