A Passionate Hope (Daughters of the Promised Land, #4) by Jill Eileen Smith

A Passionate Hope (Daughters of the Promised Land, #4)

Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by h...

Details A Passionate Hope (Daughters of the Promised Land, #4)

TitleA Passionate Hope (Daughters of the Promised Land, #4)
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
GenreBiblical Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian, Fiction, Romance

Reviews A Passionate Hope (Daughters of the Promised Land, #4)

  • Laura
    Sometimes the smallest stories in the Bible turn out to be the biggest, life-changing ones. Author Jill Eileen Smith has taken the story of Hannah (the mother of Samuel) and breathed so much life into it that I feel as if I've gone back in time and mourned and rejoiced along with Hannah herself.The characters of Hannah and her husband Elkanah were very well-developed, and while the two were wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord, the author has shown...
  • Trixi
    Biblical fiction at it's finest! Jill never fails to transport me back into the pages of scripture with her writing, as if I'm right in the midst of the people & culture of the times. Surrounded by the sights, sounds, and feel of Shiloh & the annual feasts this time around in her book. Honestly, it's as real as being there myself! She also always nudges me to re-read the account of whatever character she chooses to portray in whatever book I happ...
  • Anne Rightler
    Wow! A Passionate Hope, fourth in the Daughters of the Promised Land series, is another wonderfully written historical novel by Jill Eileen Smith. Having read others in this series, I knew what to expect and was not disappointed. Hannah, probably a fairly well-known woman of the Scriptures, comes to life at the hand of this author. She is the beloved yet barren wife of Elkanah and has loved and obeyed Adonai all her years. Why would He not hear h...
  • Valerie Jackson
    I am reviewing this book from an Advanced Reading Copy from the publisher. I am not being compensated in anyway for the review of this book other than receiving a copy of the book.I don’t normally read historical novels, particularly Christian ones, as I can rarely relate to the culture of the characters. However, having recently studied Hannah’s story I thought I would give this one a try. It is usually difficult to retain interest in a work...
  • Kellyn Roth
    Originally posted on Reveries Reviews.Title: A Passionate Hope: Hannah’s StoryAuthor: Jill Eileen SmithSeries: Daughters of the Promised Land, #4Genre: Biblical FictionEra: Biblical (Hannah, mother of Samuel)Publisher: Revell BooksSource: from Netgalley (in exchange for honest review)Overall Rating: 4.5/5 starsHannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly...
  • Victoria
    Do you like Biblical Fiction? If so, you will not be disappointed in this story. We all know that Hannah gave Samuel back to God, but this book shows us what Hannah's life might have been like. The story is very well written. The characters are very well developed. You feel like you could be Hannah's sister or neighbor. The story flows well and doesn't drag at all. It also isn't so fast-paced you get lost or left behind. It starts with Hannah as ...
  • Amy
    A Passionate Hope: Hannah’s Story is a beautiful story of hope, faith, and inspiration. I love this fourth installment from the Daughters of the Promised Land series. To be honest, I was not sure about it at first. Then suddenly, I was hooked and loving Hannah more and more. I felt connected to her. I could feel and understand her struggles. It was heartbreaking at times but she never gave up, which is admirable to see her strength.A Passionate...
  • Sally
    When reviewing a Biblically-based novel, I find it useful to review what I know about the main character(s). I knew that Hannah was the mother of Samuel, who anointed both Saul and David. I knew she’d been barren for many years, and I knew that she made a vow to God that, if He gave her a child, she would surrender that child back to Him. She also had a vicious sister-wife!A Passionate Hope had me rethink at least one of my presumptions. Peninn...
  • Sandy Griffin
    Without a doubt, this is THE best book I've read in quite a long time. The story of Hannah and her desperation to bear a child, has long been a favorite of mine. I've often thought of the deep pain and despair she must have felt while having to endure the taunts and degredation by Peninniah. Jill Eileen Smith has brought those feelings to life in such a way as to touch my very soul. I was initially skeptical and leery of reading a fictional accou...
  • Donna
    The biblical Hannah, the woman who so longed for a child that she appeared drunk to the prophet Eli, had to be an amazing woman. She lived in a time where the priests were wicked and without discipline. Yet, for such longing to be a mother, she promised Yahweh that if He would bless her, she would return him to Him while he was yet a young child. Jill Eileen Smith weaves a story of the lives, times and blessings of our amazing Jehovah as seen thr...
  • Elly
    This book was SO good! I related to Hannah on so many levels and couldn't help but feel myself in her shoes. The story COMPLETELY immersed me and I couldn't put it down once I'd begun! With attention to detail and biblical accuracy, this is one of the very BEST fictionalizations of biblical events that I've ever read! And I'm pretty picky when it comes to this genre (I'm a stickler for biblical accuracy😉) Ms. Smith did an OUTSTANDING job when ...
  • Alicia Lowery
    Excellent book!!! I love Jill’s writing! What a great story of trusting our God to do what only He can do. A story of believing in God during the most difficult losses and persecution. Here are some of my favorite quotes:“We must ask the Lord to give us a deliverer, one who can lead the people back to true worship of Adonai.”“If only there was something she could do to fix her life. She nearly laughed at the foolish thought. What could on...
  • Sherril Stinnett
    Jill Eileen Smith is one of my favorite authors. God has graced her with the gift of being able to take a character from the Bible and bring her to life in such a way that her story is still relevant today. A Passionate Hope is no different. The main character in A Passionate Hope is Hannah. As a young girl, Hannah dreams of the day when she will marry and give birth to a houseful of children, as so many young girls do. Hannah is passionate about...
  • Chloe (aka Crystal)
    Previously published on Purely by Faith Reviews.Recommended Age: 16+, because of hints at sexual interaction between Elkanah and Hannah (or Peninnah) and moments of feeling suicidal.My Review:I've only read a handful of biblical fiction, and when I first saw this book's cover, I just knew I had to read it. This was my first time reading a book by Jill Eileen Smith, and I left it with a great experience. I totally want to read some more books by h...
  • Kara
    Historical fiction is not the genre I normally read, but there was just something about this book that got my attention and it truly is a special journey of faith, heartbreak, and healing! I'm always fascinated by Biblical fiction and this was my first time reading Smith's work, I was engrossed from the start.Hyam looked at him for a lengthy breath and smiled wide. "You have my permission, on one condition." Elkanah met his gaze, a sudden kick in...
  • Christian Fiction Addiction
    With a deft hand, Jill Eileen Smith brings the story of Hannah to life in a new way in her latest novel, "A Passionate Hope". I was utterly moved as I became reacquainted with this Biblical character as Smith effortlessly draws readers into Hannah's world. Hannah's story will evoke deep emotion from her readers as Smith captures not only her angst at being unable to have children, but her deep grief over the taunting cruelty of her husband Elakan...
  • Beth King
    A Passionate Hope was the perfect ending to Jill Eileen Smith’s Daughters of the Promised Land series. A story of hope, faith, love, and trust in God. Jill Eileen Smith did an excellent job in bringing this story to life as she does in every book. I highly recommend A Passionate Hope and the rest of the books in this series.
  • Beckie Burnham
    Although I have read the story of Hannah from 1 Samuel numerous times, I have never read a fictionalized account of her life. Hers is a story worth telling, and I am so glad that Jill Eileen Smith has included it in her Daughters of The Promised Land series. A Passionate Hope is an outstanding novel and probably my favorite so far by Smith. Both Hannah’s personal story and the culture that she lived in comes alive in this sometimes sad, sometim...
  • C.E. Hart
    I love biblical fiction stories. A Passionate Hope, by Jill Eileen Smith, tells the story of the biblical woman, Hannah. It is the fourth Daughter’s of the Promised Land book series, and is a great stand-alone book. Though little is mentioned about her in the Bible, this story is created in such a way that it gives us a taste of what it was like for her during her life. The customs, the living conditions, dangers, and more, are highly researche...
  • Jill
    I believe this book is my favorite of Jill Eileen's novels, and that is saying something. Hannah's story is intensely emotional, drawing the reader into the corrupt world of ancient Israel in a time between judges. I could experience the world of that day through the author's vivid descriptions, and I have a much greater understanding of what it was like. Mostly I identified deeply with Hannah and her spiritual and emotional struggles. How painfu...
  • Cathy Morgan
    Elkanah has waited for some years for the girl he fell in love with to grow up, and finally they marry, against the wishes of some members of his family, especially his mother. Each is deeply in love with the other, and they learn to deal with the difficulties cast in their way by his mother, but trouble arises when Hannah bears no children. The pressure to marry a second wife increases, with the suggested bride being the daughter of his mother's...
  • Amy
    What a heart wrenching story this one was. I know the story of Hannah and of Samuel from the Bible and have read it many times. I actually went back to read it again while this fictional account was fresh in my mind and it really gave me a new perspective on how Hannah was truly suffering. This story is mostly told from Hannah’s and Elkanah’s, her husband’s point of views and later on we get Peninnah’s, the second wife’s viewpoint. Hann...
  • Loraine
    Jill Eileen Smith is a gifted writer when it comes to Biblical fiction. She brings to life the characters from the Bible as well as the time period in which they lived. She also gives a new perspective to the life and times of of approximately 1100 BC and gives her readers an insightful glimpse into the life of a woman from the Bible. The story of Hannah is found in I Samuel. Hannah was a strong, faith filled woman who married the love of her lif...
  • Laura
    A PASSIONATE HOPE is the latest book by acclained, award-winning author Jill Eileen Smith and fans of biblical fiction will devour this latest offering which the story of Hannah, the mother of Samuel. I am not a huge fan of biblical fiction, as it is just that, fiction, and as a reader I am not sure what is actually true and what is made up. Is Hannah's husband really the brother of her best friend? Was Hannah's sister-wife truly not a hateful pe...
  • Linda
    In-depth research and a gift for story-telling are characteristics of Author Jill Eileen Smith. She enables the reader to better understand the traditions and difficult daily life of people during Biblical times. A Passionate Hope is the story of Hannah who displays incredible faith and obedience as well as courage when faced with trying circumstances and the disgrace of being childless. Hannah and husband Elkanah’s endearing love story becomes...
  • Sharon
    What an amazing story depicting Hannah and Elkanah's passion for each other and the long struggle for a child and heir. I read about consequences of decisions, unforgiveness, jealousy, family attacks and divided affections. At the same time, the priests, sons of Eli, at the temple in Shilo, have become corrupt, greedy and disobedient to their father, Eli, and to God and His Law. God has a plan to return His priests and His people to Himself, whic...
  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    I have always wanted to read a story about Hannah. Her story has always intrigued me, and I wish the Bible went into more detail about her. But since it doesn't, I'm thankful for other's imagination!This story was chock full of hope & trust! (The title is perfect)Hannah and Elkanah kept prayer filled hearts, but they also went through moments of question and despair.Though the idea of this story was great, it fell WAY short for me.All of the char...
  • Nichole
    An anxious heart would be an accurate description of my feelings if I chose to dedicate my son to God and leave him with Eli whose sons were wicked. Jill Eileen Smith took the details of the Bible and gave them life in A Passionate Hope. The realization that eventually Hannah would be given a son and would make the decision to offer him to God knowing of the wickedness of the priests made this mama uneasy. I have a renewed picture of Hannah thank...
  • Lovely Loveday
    A Passionate Hope is a lovely Biblical fiction novel. I enjoyed reading this story about Hannah’s life and found this book to be well written with developed characters. Smith writes so that the story flows at a steady pace so that you are drawn in from the beginning and holds your attention until the end. A Passionate Hope is not a preachy kind of book. It does show Hannah’s faith and what strong faith can do to a person. I really enjoyed rea...