About the book:
When her father dies and she is left in the care of her conniving brother Laban, Rebekah knows her life has changed forever. Her hope for the future is restored when she falls in love with her cousin Isaac, and their relationship starts strong.
But marital bliss can't last forever, and the birth of their twin sons marks the beginning of years of misunderstanding, disagreement, and betrayal. The rift between them grows wider and wider until it is surely too deep to be mended. And yet, with God all things are possible.
One of the things I both like and dislike about Biblical fiction is that you already know what will happen when you begin the story. The fun for me is in experiencing the details. For the most part I enjoyed this novel. I was familiar with the story about Isaac and Rebekah and how they came together for marriage to fulfill God's plan. I liked how the author showed the effects of what they referred to as "the binding" of Isaac by his father and how that caused a rift in his parents' marriage. It made sense the way the author laid out the details. That played a key part in the story.
I also enjoyed watching the love develop between Isaac and Rebekah who didn't know each other prior to her being brought to his residence to become his wife. She shared quite a bit with her deceased mother-in-law with the delay of childbirth being the biggest one as well as the one pregnancy, though in Rebekah's case it resulted in twins. I admired Isaac for keeping one wife as he waited on the Lord to fulfill his promise. The author did a great job showing how Isaac believed God for the promise even though he doubted in other areas. What I liked most was how human the author made these characters so they felt like people we can all relate to rather than the little bit we know about them from the facts outlined in the scriptures about the events in their lives.
The author also did a great job at making sense of Rebekah's deception and her motivation to have Jacob deceive her husband. She also did a wonderful job of showing how favoring one child over another can cause strife in families. All in all this was a good book. My favorite part was the romance and the biblical setting. Smith really knows how to bring the old testament to life.
Rebekah was published by Revell and released in February 2013.