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I am going to be generous and give this a 3-star rating. Why? Growing up, my favorite Bible story was "Joseph of Egypt." He was my hero. I wanted to marry a man just like him. I even named my son after him. I never spent much time thinking about his wife. Because the author chose to bring to life the woman who stood beside my hero, she gets the extra star. I believe this story really could be a diamond in the rough.
Now, to the reasons I didn't love this book.
When the story began Asenath was very young. The writing very much reflected her age with its accompanying characteristics. However, the writing did not keep pace with the change in the character's age. Before Asenath's wedding she was still behaving like a teenage girl. There were moments I honestly thought I was reading the diary of a 16 year old--I longed to slap her. I wanted Asenath's maturity to be reflected in the writing.
I didn't need to be told that his eyes were hazel and olive nine times. Tell me once, perhaps even twice, and then leave it out of the description. For example, "The hues of his magical hazel-olive eyes glowed in the night..." (p 179) I already know from the previous descriptions what the hues are. Redundancy can really kill the flow of a story.
I felt at times that the writing was too modern. In a previous Biblical series I read, the modernization was not a distraction to me.Read more ›
Now onto my review, I was entranced with Asenath from the first page. When Kyia (who will become Asenath) is abducted from her happy life I felt for her, but she manages to make a go of things. Then she is rescued, then things aren't happy when she is returned and she is taken to the city. Then things begin to look up for Kyia. I loved the short glimpses into her life. I think one thing I really liked about the book is it never gets bogged down too much by the daily things or in one period of her life. Ms. Patricio seems to set the scene for the period of Asenath's life, let enough of it play out to show what is going on, what is important and if there is something that needs to happen it happens then it moves on to the next point. This can also make it a little confusing, but I think she did a great job of breaking it up so the reader understands that it's now a few months or years later.
Asenath as a character is fascinating, she retains much of her peasant self even as she grows up in a High Preist's home. She still talks to servants and does not really see herself as above others which is a point of contention with her best friend and with her Father.Read more ›
While I enjoyed the story I did have some problems with the book. I love historical fiction because I love getting taken away to another place and time through the story. This did not happen in this book for me. I think the main problem was that it is just too short of a book and lacks the details of the setting and the time to really pull you in. I also had a problem with the language in the book. The B word was use at least two times, and it just did not make sense to have that language in a book set in this time. I think if the author would have researched a little more and worked at making the dialogue more authentic to the time of the book it would have helped a lot.
I liked Asenath a lot and I thought Joseph was an interesting character as well. I would have liked to have read more about Joseph in the book. This is not a great piece of historical fiction but it is an interesting story with a strong female character.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everyone has heard the story of Joseph, sold into Egyptian slavery by his brothers, but who has ever heard the story of his wife, Asenath? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Diane Rapp
A wonderfully story of love that many will recognize. Familiar but not boring, this story is a warm embrace on a lonely day.Published 7 months ago by Molly Harbridge
What a delight to go back in time and see the life of Joseph from the eyes of his wife.Published 8 months ago by Ellen Shields
I really wanted to like this story. I think it had a lot of potential. But, alas, I couldn't. The writing isn't terrible, but it isn't brilliant, either. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pretty Brit
I love books that tell Bible stories from the female point of view, and this is no exception. Beautifully written, interesting, and well developed characters. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jessica Fae
An excellent rendering of the possible story. I've often wondered how a Hebrew and an Egyptian were bound together but it makes sense.Published 11 months ago by Antoinette Harrison
It is a good read, fictional of course with a lot of liberty taken with the main character Asenath....but well written and very enjoyable!! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Raven