The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith ~ Book Review

“I’ve had men ask after you,” he said after too many breaths. His dark eyes searched hers. She stared at him wide-eyed but could not find her voice.  He shook his head and gave a brittle laugh. “Of course, I tell them where they can take their suggestions.” He lifted her chin with two fingers, possessive. “I need you to be quicker with the cloth, or find some other way to get me gold.”

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, she 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.

Under Jill Eileen Smith’s talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Immerse yourself in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity–and a permanent place in your heart.

About The Author

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and The Desert Princess, first in the Loves of King Solomon series. 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. Learn more at

My Thoughts

I have read every book this author has written, and this novel did not disappoint.  Jill Eileen Smith has a writing style that pulls her readers into the plot of her novels with the first page, and does not release them until the book closes after the final sentence.  This compelling novel about Rahab, an important, but little known Bible character from the Old Testament, is dramatic, believable, and thought provoking.

The author follows the story of Rahab according to God’s Word, but fills in the gaps where Scripture is silent.  The plot begins with her marriage to a self centered, abusive man, who uses her talents as a dyer of cloth to fund his gambling.  This story concludes with Rahab fulfilling her divine purpose of her creation.
The most fascinating part of this book was Rahab’s struggle to understand and follow the Old Testament Law.  Her private growth of her commitment to a God she did not know, and the rejection of the rituals of the gods she had worshiped in Jericho, was a beautiful picture of how faith increases as we believe in the Almighty.

You will enjoy The Crimson Cord, a powerful novel of one woman who became a daughter of Israel by her faith in the One True God. I strongly encourage you to read this first book in the Daughter’s of the Promised Land series, and the rest of the stand alone novels this author has penned.  Her works will become favorites in your library as they have in mine. 

You may purchase The Crimson Cord HERE.

Read the first chapter of The Crimson Cord HERE

Thank you the Jill Eileen Smith and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for a copy of this novel in exchange for this honest review.