Monday, February 15, 2016

CFBA Review: The Pharaoh's Daughter by:Mesu Andrews

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Pharaoh's Daughter
WaterBrook Press (March 17, 2015)
Mesu Andrews


Mesu Andrews’ deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for her readers. She and her husband, Roy, enjoyed fourteen years of pastoral ministry before moving to the Pacific Northwest, where Roy now serves as Academic Dean at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Mesu writes full-time, snuggled in her recliner beside a cozy fire on rainy Northwest days. The Andrews’ enjoy visiting their two married daughters and a growing tribe of grandkids. Mesu loves movies, football, waterfalls, and travel.

Biblical fiction is her favorite genre to read and write. Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes (Revell, 2011), tells the story of Job and won the 2012 ECPA Book of the Year for a Debut Author.

“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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Pharaoh's Daughter, go HERE.

My Review:
Annipe witnessed her mother die during childbirth and ever since, she has feared for her own life and those around her. She soon was adopted into a loving family, who promised to keep her and her siblings together as much as they could. She grew up with King Tut as her brother and Ankhe, her sister. She believed they would be together forever, that is until her father tells her of a husband he has picked for her.

Annipe moves into her new husbands household and finds that things aren't quite the same. Hebrews work without much food or water and many die from exhaustion. Annipe soon begins to worry if her husband would want an heir, knowing the possibility. She begins to conspire with the Hebrew midwives. But when she finds a baby in a reed basket, she knows this is definitely fate. She takes him as her own, even lying to those around her about his origin.

As she becomes so entrenched in the lies she is trying to hold up, she begins to wonder if her son will ever be safe. If by chance there is someone out here with a great plan than they all expected.
The Pharaoh's Daughter is a wonderful novel full of surprising twist and turns. I loved how history its self, matched up perfectly with the history of the bible. I really enjoyed this book and definitely want to read more from this author.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

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