Miriam is the second book in the Treasures of the Nile series by Mesu Andrews. The first book in the series was The Pharaoh's Daughter, which was absolutely incredible. I've been eagerly anticipating the second installment in the series, so was super excited to receive an advance copy of Miriam. I definitely wasn't disappointed. The book description reads:
"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."
Mesu Andrews has worked her magic again: managing to bring to life a Bible story in a vivid, imaginative way, yet stay true to the Scriptures. I love her rare talent of fleshing out biblical stories with such detail, yet not deviating from the Scriptures. Oftentimes historical books based on Bible stories take extreme liberties with the story and twist it into a nearly unrecognizable version. This book definitely doesn't do that. I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.