Friday, March 20, 2009

Giveaway! Journey by Angela Hunt

from the back cover:
His younger brother will be greater than he…

With those words, Menashe's dreams collapse. As Yosef's eldest son, his position had seemed secure. But now Efrayim—bold, charming Efrayim, who's everything Menashe is not—is taking his place. With their people. With the pharaoh. With Jendayi, the slave Menashe loves.

Efrayim, meanwhile, sees his dreams confirmed. Surely it's his destiny to unite the Egyptians and Hebrews. To marry a princess and achieve splendor surpassing that of his brother.

Then Menashe's dreams take a dangerous twist as he becomes obsessed with returning the Hebrews to their homeland. If he succeeds, he'll restore their heritage. If he fails…he could destroy them all.

My Review:
Ancient Egypt comes alive. Using the Bible as her foundation, Angela Hunt takes a few verses from Genesis, Joshua, and Nahum and fills in gaps with a believable work of fiction. Her ability to weave a mountain of research into an enjoyable story never ceases to amaze me. This is the third in Legends of the Ancient River trilogy. It can be read and enjoyed without first reading the other two (Dreamers and Brothers).

This narrative description of a love triangle between Menashe and Efrayim, sons of Joseph, grandsons of Israel--and Jendayi, a musician slave to Pharaoh contains many twists and turns along with a heap of palace politics. All ends are neatly tied up at the end, including the solution for Joseph and Tuya.

I learned about Ancient Egypt's embalming process and the funeral trip to bury Israel that took place from Egypt to the land of Goshen. It was enlightening to compare the refined culture of the Egyptians with less sophisticated, sheep and goat herding Hebrews. Equally fascinating is the comparison of the many Egyptian gods to El Shaddai. I enjoyed the game of Hounds and Jackals.

I love this quote from the book: "I do not understand everything God is enough to know He has a purpose for me" (322).

Although anyone can read and enjoy this historical romance novel, I think that those interested in the Bible will enjoy it the most. Discussion questions in the back of the book would make for an interesting group analysis.

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I am willing to give away my copy of this book. (HINT: I like to give away books to people who regularly leave me comments.)

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Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I really enjoy reading your reviews. I am going to browse through your reviews to look for some new things to ead after I get caught up on the books I have waiting to be read!


Angela said...

Thanks so much for the kind review, Sally!


NotNessie said...

I am very excited to read this book, as I love stories based on Biblical events.


Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Sounds like a very good read. I'd love a chance to win.


Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I'm not following this blog yet? Must fix immediately! Love books, love to read. Sign me up!

Carole said...

I don't know where I've been, but I had not heard about this series of Angela's. I appreciated your review, Sally, and hope to read the whole series. Meanwhile, thank you for the chance to win a copy of "Journey."

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Please sign me up. Thanks for a chance to win.

Hugs :)



windycindy said...

That quote is wonderful! The older I get, the more I tell myself that
God is still in control.
Please enter my name in your virtual hat.
Many thanks, Cindi

rubymoon said...

Great review! This sounds like a book I must read!

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hippmom said...

I really enjoy books based on Biblical events. I have not heard of this series. THanks for the review.

angelahipp (at) charter (dot) net

Neas Nuttiness said...

Sally - please include me in this giveaway. that quote is wonderful.
Thanks so much!


sara said...

I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it.


Anonymous said...

I would love to have this book.

mindy said...

very nice review and thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

Renee G said...

I would enjoy reading this.


BUSY BEE said...

The historical period of this book will be interesting to read. I would love to win!!

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Nickolay said...

Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for a great giveaway! I would love to win. Thank you!

wendy said...

I love the whole idea of books such as these; in some ways it reminds of "The Red Tent". Did you find it similar I would like to win this so I can read this myself.

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rubymoon said...

Very interested in reading this book. The subject matter appeals to be! Thanks for the chance to win.

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Crystal said...

I would love to win this book.


Smilingsal said...

The winner is windycindy.