“Fear is the most fertile ground for faith.”
“You will be called Anippe, daughter of the Nile. Do you like it?” Without waiting for a reply, she pulls me into her squishy, round tummy for a hug.
I’m trying not to cry. Pharaoh’s daughters don’t cry.
When we make our way down the tiled hall, I try to stop at ummi Kiya’s chamber. I know her spirit has flown yet I long for one more moment. Amenia pushes me past so I keep walking and don’t look back.
Like the waters of the Nile, I will flow.
Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.
When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.
As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?
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Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author of "Love Amid the Ashes", "Love's Sacred Song", and "Love in a Broken Vessel". Winner of the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award for New Author, she has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture, bringing the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington. Learn more at www.mesuandrews.com.
My Thoughts: This book is a very in depth, although fictional account of the young woman who found Moses and raised him as her son. All biblical aspects seemed very accurate to me. I very much enjoy fiction set in Biblical times and this book was no different. It was a very intriguing and shared several genres I enjoy such as romance and suspense. The author was a tad bit wordy for my taste, but that didn't take away from the book in my opinion. She pays very close attention to detail and seemed to maintain the integrity of the true story while adding her own fictional flare. Her desire to stick as closely to the Biblical story definitely shows through in the book. Her explanations of why and how she chose the names of the characters and the timeline of the story were also a very interesting read. If you are interested in Biblical fiction, then this book is a book you will enjoy.
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