Biblical Historical Fiction

The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith | #BookReview


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.

My Thoughts

Followers of Christ know of God’s amazing love for man. Scripture tells us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us paying the penalty for our sins. It’s our redemption story and every believer has one. In her new book The Crimson Cord, Jill Eileen Smith, has created a beautiful retelling of Rahab’s redemption story. At points along the way, Rahab endures soul crushing hardships, but through her perseverance and faith in the One God of the Israel she is given new life and hope for a future.

All that we know about Rahab from scripture can be drawn from chapters 2 & 6 in the book of Joshua, Hebrews 11:31, and from the lineage of Christ listed in Matthew 1:5. From these seeds of scripture Smith has written a story that will firmly take root in your heart. The portion of this retelling which resonated the strongest with me was Rahab’s difficulty in accepting God’s free gift of love and her desire to repay Him for His mercy and forgiveness. A gift so BIG can seem unfathomable to our guilt stricken hearts. Rahab’s character – her inner thoughts, doubts, and longings felt authentic. Smith has crafted her character to be a careful blend of feminine vulnerability and strength.

Jill Eileen Smith shares numerous historical and biblical details throughout the book, especially the law regarding captive brides, which plays a large role in the storyline. From their first encounter Salmon and Rahab have a special chemistry. While they don’t always share a fondness for one another, their relationship evolves into a love story of biblical proportions.

In The Crimson Cord, Jill Eileen Smith places God’s glory, strength, and love on display. Her combination of desperate emotional lows countered by mountain top highs made for a page-turning work of biblical fiction. You will not want to pass this one up! I received this book from the author for my honest review.

I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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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 ebook novella 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

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