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Egypt's Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra (The Silent Years) (utgåvan 2017)

av Angela Hunt (Författare)

Serier: The Silent Years (1)

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New York Times Bestselling Author's Newest Biblical-Era SeriesFive 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.… (mer)
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Titel:Egypt's Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra (The Silent Years)
Författare:Angela Hunt (Författare)
Info:Bethany House Publishers (2017), 384 pages
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Egypt's Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra (The Silent Years) av Angela Hunt

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This is the first book in Hunt’s series that takes place during the “400 Silent Years” between the writings of the Old and New Testaments.

Chava is the Jewish daughter of a royal tutor who grows up as a close friend of the girl would become Cleopatra. She hears God’s voice telling her she would be at the queen’s side on her best day and her last, but the prophecy seems to be jeopardized when a misunderstanding drives them apart. As Chava tries to put the pieces of her life back together, her loyalty never wavers in her determination to return to the woman she loves as a sister and fulfill her destiny.

I really liked this character: her loyalty, resourcefulness, and courage. It was interesting to see the story of Cleopatra’s life told from an outside perspective, especially since I didn’t know very much about her to begin with. There were also a lot of historical/cultural details about Alexandria, Egypt, and Rome that I didn’t know before, that I thought were fascinating!

The idea behind the series is that even during the so-called “Silent Years” when there were no prophets sharing the Word of God, He still spoke to His people is special ways. ( )
  vvbooklady | May 10, 2021 |
While suspense and contemporary genres are my book club’s favorites, we always include a historical novel or two in our yearly selections. Egypt’s Daughter took us to the ancient world of Alexandria and Rome. We didn’t know a lot about this time period, so we appreciated the detailed descriptions of the history and culture of the time. While there are a great many differences from our modern age, there are plenty of parallels. Slavery was a common practice and this, combined with the lack of value of human life, produced a brutal reality for those who were vulnerable. Unfortunately, the hearts of men haven’t changed as much as technology. The author included a number of historical figures within the narrative, giving this book authenticity. Egypt’s Sister is part of the Silent Years series — a time between Testaments in which God chose not to speak to His people through His prophets. That doesn’t mean that God was absent, and as main character Chava discovered, He is always present guiding and directing, providing and protecting. As a means to distract Chava from the court of Cleopatra, her father tasks her to record all the names of God beginning in Genesis. This proved to be invaluable as Chava faced trials. This just reinforced to me the importance of studying scripture — God’s written promises will be there when you need them.

I readily admit that this book did not grab me. I struggled to stay engaged in the story. Chava was a naive, sheltered, and somewhat willful character. The turning point in her life was also a turning point in the story for me. Chava’s growth as a character kept me turning the pages. So if you find the book slow, stick with it. You’ll be glad you did. My book club found a lot to talk about — from the historical context, to the workings of God in His people’s life, to amusing views on labor and delivery. Our conversation stayed focused on the book — always a good sign. 😉

Recommended.

Great for Book Clubs.

Audience: adults.

(I purchased this book from Amazon. All opinions expressed are mine alone.) ( )
  vintagebeckie | Oct 21, 2020 |
I am a huge Angela Hunt fan but I have to say I didn't enjoy this book near as much as most of her others. I was so excited about this novel and started it right after I received it. The characters were fascinating but the story was ho hum. I had to push myself to finish it. I'm glad I didn't pay money for this book. ( )
  ChurchMouse70 | Aug 24, 2017 |
First, I just have to say how gorgeous this cover is! If I hadn't been intrigued by the synopsis, I would have grabbed it up for the cover alone. Second, if you are not already a fan of Angela Hunt, then you will be after reading this amazingly chiseled novel. She is absolutely talented and truly captured my soul with this new novel. This is Biblical fiction at it's finest!

I am a lover of Historical fiction and this book fits the bill for best of 2017 so far! Reading about Cleopatra and Chava really moved me. I've heard of Cleopatra, of course, but never really read a book that centered around her time. So, getting to know Chava, the young woman waiting to take her place at the Queen's side and Cleopatra, and all that was Alexandra, was truly an event I don't want to forget. The detail that Ms. Hunt adds to this novel is breath taking and I won't soon forget the feel of being in the heart of the story.

If you want a novel that will whisk you away to a time in history that isn't often written about, then I suggest this book with high flying colors! If you want to be captivated and become the characters, then this 5 star novel is highly worth getting! This book kept me turning the pages long into the night and I am already anxiously awaiting another book by this author who knows just what her fans love!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.* ( )
  JboyzMom | Aug 19, 2017 |
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Book review of Egypt's Sister by Angela Hunt.

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Egypt's Sister (The Silent Years #1)

by Angela Elwell Hunt (Goodreads Author)

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.

Paperback, 379 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Bethany House
ISBN
0764219324 (ISBN13: 9780764219320)
Series
The Silent Years #1

From the back of the book:

Raised together in the Alexandrian palace, Chava, the Hebrew daughter of the royal tutor, and Urbi, an Egyptian princess, become as close as sisters- and rivals with their dreams of greatness. When Urbi unexpectedly ascends the throne as Queen Cleopatra, Chava believes their bond is strong enough to survive, But absolute power has a way of changing everything.
The ultimate betrayal rips Chava from everything she's ever known and sends her to the lowest rung of Roman society where she must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God's will for her life, if she hopes to rise again.

Leona's Review:

This book will take the reader into the historical time of Queen Cleopatra, the Romans and Egypt.
This is the first book I have read by Angela Hunt and was very impressed. The book is in the first person spoken by Chava.

The book begins with a close friendship of Chava and Urbi, the future Queen Cleopatra. Their bond is so close that Urbi cuts the palm of Chava and herself and says "Forever friends" and also says "you are blood of my blood, and heart of my heart" which is repeated by Chava.

Chava has been told by HaShem, God, she will be with the queen when she is happiest and at the end.
The friendship does not last after Chava angers the queen and she and her father are put into prison. They are separated and Chava is sold as a slave.

Chava begins a new life as a slave and the reader follows her and how she matures. Chava says at one point in her life "Now, older and wiser, I understood how life could change in a moment."

This book is full of historical names and places even though it is historical fiction. It is one of the few I have read that has written of the twins and other son Cleopatra had besides Caesarion.

The reader will find some historical names that include Cleopatra, Antony, Caesar, Achillas, King Auletes, Octavian, Octavia and Herod.

Historical places such as Egypt, Alexandria, the Library of Alexandria, Cyprus, Rome and Africa. I wish there had been a map of the areas. I know most readers are familiar but in historical books like this one, I personally like a map.

Languages Chava spoke are Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin and Greek.

Some portions describe the harsh lives of slaves but the author does not dwell on it. No bad language.

There are discussions at the end of the story. One question is " How much did you know about Cleopatra before reading this story? Did anything surprise you?"

I received a complimentary copy of Egypt's Sister by Angela Hunt from the author and Bethany House Publishers. The opinions are my own.

Egypt's Sister will get a 5 star rating from me and I look forward to the future books of the series.

Angela Hunt may be found at angelahuntbooks.com

Leona Olson
http://www.mnleona.blogspot.com

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New York Times Bestselling Author's Newest Biblical-Era SeriesFive 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.

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