Imagining the circumstances around a biblical figure’s beginnings is kind of cool. Mesu Andrews does just that in her book, The Pharaoh’s Daughter. She even includes a famous Egyptian pharaoh by the name of Tut. Sound good so far? The main character,Anippe, has been given the honor and privilege of living in the royal palace along with her chosen husband, Sebak. Of course in those days, marriages were arranged and often when both parties were quite young.
Anippe struggles with her sister, Anhke, who is not as well thought of and is very vocal about her position as handmaid. Their brother is none other than Tut, who becomes a Pharaoh in his early teens and takes a wife. Trouble begins when Tut and his wife suffer miscarriages and in turn order all Hebrew newborn sons to be thrown into the Nile. Good eating for the crocodiles. Very gruesome and very cruel. You get a clear picture of the caste system: Hebrews are slaves and are punished when they don’t work satisfactorily for their Egyptian ruler.
The real problem comes when a baby is found in a basket in the Nile. Wonder who this little guy could be? Anippe takes the infant and raises him as her own. His name is Mehy or Moses, which means drawn from water. She has to hide this baby until it’s appropriate to present him to the rest of the world. Anippe lives with a lie for many years and eventually confesses her deception.
Aniipe also struggles between her belief in the Egyptian gods and El Shaddai, the Hebrew God. She doesn’t know who to trust and is afraid of both. In the end, it is El Shaddai whom she finds peace and comfort in as she saved from being killed and marries into a Hebrew family, hiding in place sight. This book marks the beginning of more adventures, conflicts in The Treasures of the Nile series. I’m ready for Book 2. Bring it.
I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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