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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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I wasn’t exactly looking for a retelling of The Ten Commandments when I picked up Miriam by author Mesu Andrews. As with the novel that precedes it, The Pharaoh’s Daughter, I was looking to see legendary events from the biblical book of Exodus from an angle other than Moses’s eyes.
While telling the story from the perspective of Miriam, Moses’s sister, as well as Moses’s nephew Eleazer, the author also gathers the thoughts and feelings of other characters, major and minor, to bring a truly fresh and layered account of this age-old story of suffering, faith, testing, and victory.
Miriam struggles with difficult changes beyond her control and her sense of self and self-worth in light of those changes; although there’s some redundancy in her questions and grievances through the novel, her challenges are relatable. As I already knew the most major events that the story would cover, some of the minor scenes and dense development leading the way didn’t grip my interest as firmly, but the development is fitting, keeping the book from becoming all about mind-blowing, supernatural feats in Egypt instead of being more about the people there.
I was also pleasantly surprised by a romantic storyline I wouldn’t have anticipated. Who says the breathless blossoming of mutual love in novels is only for the young?
Many fans of Biblical Fiction should indeed enjoy this second Treasures of the Nile novel, whether they’ve read the first novel in the series or not–though I absolutely recommend reading The Pharaoh’s Daughter as well.