The Prince and the Prodigal: Book Review

The Prince and the Prodigal by Jill Eileen Smith: Book Review

About the book:

Title: The Prince and the Prodigal

Author: Jill Eileen Smith

Release Date: February 1, 2022

Genre: Bibical Fiction

Joseph is the pampered favorite son of the patriarch Jacob. His older brothers, deeply resentful of his status in the family, take advantage of the chance to get rid of him, selling him to slave traders and deceiving their father about his fate. It seems like their troubles are over. But for Joseph and older brother Judah, they are just beginning.

While Joseph is accused of rape and imprisoned, Judah attempts to flee the memory of his complicity in the betrayal of his younger brother. After decades apart, the brothers will come face-to-face in a stunning role reversal that sees Joseph in a position of great power while Judah begs for mercy. Will forgiveness or vengeance win the day?

Bestselling and award-winning author Jill Eileen Smith brings her considerable research and imaginative skills to bear in this vivid retelling of one of the most popular stories found in Scripture–a story of jealousy, betrayal, and a reconciliation that only God could bring about.


“A story of forgiveness, grace, and redemption, and Smith tells it in a creative and believable way, which is a hallmark of her writing.”–Booklist

Book Review:

Prodigal stories are among my favorites, so I went into The Prince and the Prodigal with hard anticipation. I was not disappointed. Anyone who knows the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors will see plenty of the biblical aspects within the novel while also hopefully enjoying the added thrill of fiction that brings this story to life in new and invigorating ways. The imagery the author creates and the passion for story comes through with vivid details and a steady tension that anchors the reader into Joseph’s time and draws compassion for history long passed. Excellently crafted and wonderfully storied, this prodigal son tale will enchant as it takes you back in time. I received a copy of this book through Revell Reads and NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


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