He promised her his heart. She promised him a son. But how long must they wait?

Sarai, the last child of her aged father, is beautiful, spoiled, and used to getting her own way. Even as a young girl, she is aware of the way men look at her, including her half brother Abram. When Abram finally requests Sarai’s hand, she asks one thing–that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even her father thinks the demand is restrictive and agrees to the union only if Sarai makes a promise in return–to give Abram a son and heir. Certain she can easily do that, Sarai agrees.

But as the years stretch on and Sarai’s womb remains empty, she becomes desperate to fulfill her end of the bargain–lest Abram decide that he will not fulfill his. To what lengths will Sarai go in her quest to bear a son? And how long will Abram’s patience last?


Available also in:

  • Large Print

  • Romanian



"Breathes new imaginative life into a...sacred story"

Smith is at her best in handling the triangulated relationship between Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar…Smith breathes new imaginative life into a well-known sacred story.

— Publisher's Weekly


“Colorful and Compelling Novel - An Amazing Tale of Faith”

Readers who enjoyed Anita Diamant’s best-selling The Red Tent (1997) will also enjoy this story of women and their struggle with leaving their old gods for the God of Abraham.

— Shelley Mosley, a starred review from Booklist


"Skillfully captures. . . the essence of living in old testament times."

The Scriptural account of Abraham and Sarah is not only a testament of God’s faithfulness to His promises, it’s a story of love. Smith skillfully captures both and the essence of living in Old Testament times by combining biblical facts with research-based interpretation and her own imagination to create a detailed drama that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the second book in the series.

— CBA Retailers and Resources



Awards & Acclaim

  • 4 Star Review RT Book Reviews

  • Starred Review from Booklist

  • Featured review in CBA Retailers and Resources


What Readers Are Saying

"Fictional story woven around real Bible story and characters. I loved how Ms. Smith made the characters come alive and how she depicted each scene making them as realistic and close to the Bible as she could while embellishing just enough to fill in the gaps of things unmentioned creating an enthralling story line. Wonderful piece of work! I am going on to read more of her books."

—Teresa B. Harris, Book Bub Review