27 January 2016

Miriam by Mesu Andrews

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The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer.
But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel and the messenger of El Shaddai.
When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.

At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.
 Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?
Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know.

Revisiting the land of ancient Egypt for a second Treasures of the Nile novel, Mesu Andrews tells more of the Moses narrative in Miriam, as the plagues descend upon the land before the Pharaoh allows the Hebrews to leave. Andrews focuses on Miriam’s perspective (as well as her nephew’s) throughout all the events and brings the well-known biblical story to life with vivid and realistic detail. This novel is equally as compelling as The Pharaoh’s Daughter, and I just could not get enough of this story. I absolutely loved it, would recommend it to fans of biblical fiction, and cannot wait to read more from Mesu Andrews in the future.

Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of Miriam and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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