The Pharaoh’s Daughter: A Treasures of the Nile Novel by Mesu Andrews
“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?
I love Mesu Andrew’s books because she has such an amazing talent of taking Bible characters, putting them in a historical Biblical setting and creating a story that will pull you in and keep you long after you finish the book. When I finish reading a Mesu Andrews book, I have a new, clear insight of the Biblical character the Book is about.
The Pharoah’s Daughter is another one of those books. I have always loved the story of Moses being put in the river in a basket as a baby by his sister. And Pharoah’s daughter claiming Moses for her own, and raising him as her own. Ms. Andrews takes this story much deeper, bringing us into the home of Pharoah’s daughter and now the home of Moses. I have always has questions about how this or that happened, and in this story, Ms. Andrews answers some of those questions in her fictional way. This was a special time in history, and I appreciate this awesome author for taking on these characters and this time in history. And I also appreciate the knowledge and research it took to write a story like this. Needless to say, I was in awe of The Pharoah’s Daughter and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves historical, Biblical, or just a good fiction story.
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About the Author
world alive for her readers. Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes won the
2012 ECPA Book of the Year for a Debut Author. Her three subsequent novels, Love’s
Sacred Song, Love in a Broken Vessel, and In the Shadow of Jezebel all released to
great reader enthusiasm. Mesu lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Roy.