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In the decades before Christ, Chava is a faithful friend with Urbi, a princess in the Alexandrian royal palace. Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, the now women argue and the Queen sends Chava to prison, then selling her into slavery. Chava leaves her family and community ending up alone in Rome. In one lifetime she has experienced the best and the worst of Roman society.
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Silent Years
The Soldier Who Killed a King: A True Retelling of the PassionDavid KitzKregel Publications / 2017 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 11 Reviews
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Five decades before the birth of Christ, Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria's royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava vows to be a faithful friend no matter what--but after she and Cleopatra have an argument, she finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery.
Torn from her family, her community, and her elevated place in Alexandrian society, Chava finds herself cast off and alone in Rome. Forced to learn difficult lessons, she struggles to trust a promise HaShem has given her. After experiencing the best and worst of Roman society, Chava must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God's will for her life.
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 52 girls, 1 a queen, but both will change history...October 5, 2017TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I really wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up Egypt's Sister, the back cover blurb sounded really good, as this is the first full-length novel that I've read by Angela Hunt. I'd previously one of her novellas in a completely different genre, it was good so I thought I'd give one of her historicals a shot.
I'll admit it, I had a really hard time getting into the story at first. Chava was so shallow and bordered on stupid sometimes. It was hard to get to know or even like her. But I did really enjoy the descriptions of ancient Alexandria and the rich cultural details about the Egyptians and Jews living in the city. However, as Chava's life started to unravel and eventually come completely apart I became engrossed in her story and long before the novel was over I had difficulty putting it down even for a moment.
Egypt's Sister is a lush look into the Silent Years of the Bible and into a history that had to take place in order to set the stage for the coming Savior. Angela Hunt has penned an exciting, and yes, gritty, tale of loss, love, and devotion. I, for one, am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series...
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Cleopatra's BFFSeptember 29, 2017beckieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Egypt's Sister" by Angela Hunt is a Novel of Cleopatra: The Silent Years. Chava is the childhood best friend of Urbi, better known to the world as Cleopatra. The two girls are educated together, they are confidants, they are everything to each other. Then when Urbi takes over reign of Egypt, she offers Chava, a Hebrew, the gift of citizenship. All she has to do is worship Egyptian gods. When she refuses, her family is imprisoned and sold into slavery. For 15 years she lives the life of a slave, eventually making her way back to Egypt.
This is a very good book. It is incredibly informative as well as entertaining. The writing is very well done. Hunt is a well known writer and her reputation is well earned. I highly recommend this book, not only for history buffs, but for those that just want to read a good story. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers.
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful and compellingSeptember 12, 2017MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh my. Angela Hunt knows how to write a powerful and compelling book.
I found it so interesting because I wondered what could ever happen to keep these two friends apart? They had such a special bond. But I had to keep reading to find out and then find out how it would be resolved.
I love the fact that Angela took this from "the silent years" between the old and new testament. So interesting what she came up with and how she incorporated history into it.
If you like Biblical fiction (although this technically isn't) this is a must read.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Rich in history and lessonsAugust 23, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5Egypt's Sister by author Angela Hunt is a rich historical read that we are given a front row seat to watch as the events of the rise of the Roman Empire take place. We take this journey with Chava a young Jewish woman who has grown up as the best friend of Urbi (future Cleopatra) in Alexandria the center of knowledge and education. I would say that this is a coming of age story that shows the growth and maturity of Chava, as she watches the world around her and the world that she thought she knew change so abruptly that it was frightening.
Chava is at first a very nave and stubborn young lady in her views and her opposition to marriage that her father so wants her to do. She is also very loyal to her best friend, Cleopatra, so much so that she forgoes the whole idea of marriage to anyone so that she may be at Cleopatra's side and her beck in call. I considered this rather foolish of her, understanding the whys but I just felt that she was very narrow minded in her conclusions. The author did an excellent job at showing her growth especially after all she had to endure. We also get a look at what being a friend to a very powerful political person would look like. There is great betrayal and hardship that Chava must endure yet she meets some of the most powerful men of that time; Julius Caesar, Octavian, Marc Antony, and Agrippa.
There was much to process as I read this book; the history I was familiar with but the author really shined a new light on the brutality of the ruling Triumvirate that was very frightening. This was a gritty, lush historical that focuses on the time of history and the set up for when the long awaited Messiah would arrive into the world. And as always, I appreciated the author's notes on what was real and what was fiction.
A quote from the book that has really stuck with me is found on pg. 265 by Chava: "I kept thinking of something I once read from Euripides: "Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad."
I received a copy of this novel for free from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
BookwormAge: 25-343 Stars Out Of 5Big fan of the author - but not of this bookAugust 19, 2017BookwormAge: 25-34Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 3I'm a big fan of Angela Hunt. She is a gifted storyteller and creates beautiful Biblical Fiction. She puts a lot of research and dedication into her writing, and many of her characters are based on real people in history.
With that said, this isn't one of my favorites that she's written. It is a good story, but it didn't fully captivate me. I found myself putting the book down and not being in a hurry to pick it back up. Although I wasn't fully invested in Cleopatra, Chava gave me reason I continued on.
The aspect I loved about this book was Chava's unique and intriguing relationship with God. Her faith is touching and carried the story, but I wish the pacing was a bit more steady.
Overall, this is a good story (but not great like the other books I've read by this author!)
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House and NetGalley.