The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Blogging for Books provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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Four Silver Stars

The Pharaoh's DaughterThe Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

“Hope can’t be lost or stolen. Hope is a choice we embrace for ourselves each day.”

Many know the ancient story of a man named Moses through biblical as well as fictionalized accounts in books and films, but what might have been the story of the woman who found the infant Moses floating in a basket on the Nile River and raised him as an Egyptian prince? In The Pharaoh’s Daughter, author Mesu Andrews brings together history and mystery in a novel of beauty, savagery, political intrigue, intricate family dynamics, romance, and faith.

Through Anippe, the novel’s heroine, the author paints a convincing picture of what it’s like to live with one’s deep-seated fears and of the limits that love and dread can push one to—or past. Andrews thoughtfully, and creatively, brings out personal, familial, and national complexities in an empire’s critical period, showing how something like a king’s decree to murder the male newborns of his slaves would affect everyone concerned, from the throne on down to the Hebrews’ households.

There are different dimensions to the novel’s characters, sometimes to the point where I had some trouble following the swift changes in their moods and such, but their unpredictability kept the reading interesting. There were places during the second of the novel’s three parts where I lost the sense of a connecting plot behind the story’s events, and on a minor note, I thought crying was overused and lost the effect it might’ve had, as it seemed that Anippe was either in tears or struggling to hold them back in so many of her scenes.

Yet, all in all, it’s an intense story well-woven, and the way hope ultimately shines through has put me in anticipation of the next novel in the Treasures of the Nile series.

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Miriam

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