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Asenath [Kindle Edition]

Anna Patricio
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Two Destinies...One Journey of Love

In a humble fishing village on the shores of the Nile lives Asenath, a fisherman's daughter who has everything she could want. Until her perfect world is shattered.

When a warring jungle tribe ransacks the village and kidnaps her, separating her from her parents, she is forced to live as a slave. And she begins a journey that will culminate in the meeting of a handsome and kind steward named Joseph.

Like her, Joseph was taken away from his home, and it is in him that Asenath comes to find solace…and love. But just as they are beginning to form a bond, Joseph is betrayed by his master’s wife and thrown into prison.

Is Asenath doomed to a lifetime of losing everything and everyone she loves?


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"A beautifully detailed romance set to the stunning background of Egypt in its heyday of power, wealth and majesty."
-The Bookworm Chronicles
"A wonderfully detailed glimpse at Egyptian society and culture."
-A Word's Worth

"Both Joseph and Asenath come to life in these pages."
-The Book Worm's Library

"The author has written an absorbing and well researched portrayal of Asenath, the wife of Joseph.  The descriptions throughout the book were beautiful."
-Diana Wallis Taylor, author of JOURNEY TO THE WELL

"An irresistably readable novel! Asenath is an endearing heroine from the Book of Genesis and her tale is one of high adventure and passionate love amid the turbulent world of Ancient Egypt."
-Historical Novel Review

"Patricio braids her knowledge of Egyptology and Hebrew scripture together to spin a captivating love story. This huggable village girl growing up on the edge of two cultures will win your heart."
-Lee Harmon, author of REVELATION: THE WAY IT HAPPENED

"Ms. Patrico has crafted an innovative, satisfying tale of the wife of the Biblical character, Joseph. Rich in imagery and description, ASENATH transports you to an ancient land of mystery and breathes vibrant life into a little-known figure from a well known story."
-Bruce Judisch, author of A PROPHET'S TALE

"The lush descriptions of ancient Egypt intertwined with a biblical narrative made ASENATH a compelling read."
-Deborah Galiley, author of POLISHED ARROWS

About the Author

Anna Patricio is a lover of ancient history, with a particular interest in Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome. She is also intrigued by the Ancient Near East, though she has not delved too much into it but hopes to one day.

She undertook formal studies in Ancient History at Macquarie University. She focused mostly on Egyptology and Jewish-Christian Studies, alongside a couple of Greco-Roman units, and one on Archaeology. Though she knew there were very limited job openings for ancient history graduates, she pursued her degree anyway as it was something she had always been passionate about.

Then, about a year after her graduation, the idea to tackle historical fiction appeared in her head, and she began happily pounding away on her laptop. Asenath is her first novel.

On 22 September 2013, Anna married her fellow writer and best friend, Alfred D. Byrd.

Product Details

  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (August 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JSMUV0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the Rough July 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Sometimes I hate reviewing books! When a book is great and I love it, the review is easy. However, if I don't love the book, the review is difficult. How do you point out the flaws without the author taking offense? I want my remarks to be constructive and honest but I don't want to offend. It would be so much easier if I knew the author personally.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like this book September 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The untold story of the bible's Asenath had the potential to be a really interesting tale and I read this book based on all the great recommendations. I don't write a lot of reviews but I felt I had to forewarn those of you who love a well-told story. This book is not one of them.

I had several issues with this novel. The vocabulary was repetitive, unsophisticated and simplistic. Paragraphing was poorly done and at times, I had to reread a passage only to realize it was totally unrelated to what I had previously read. The sentence structure was very boring, plain and monotonous. There was little or no attempt to write from the perspective of a young woman of the time. Instead the author sounded like a lovesick, spoiled teenager of today with all her silly little insecurities. The question of why Joseph ever chose Asenath is still a mystery to me.

I kept hoping the book would get better along the way and when I finally finished, it was with a sense of relief as well as a feeling of irritation that I had wasted so much time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable characters, interesting plot, hard to put down November 11, 2011
Format:Paperback
When Anna sent me her request for me to review Asenath, I was intrigued by the story. I knew who Joseph was from Sunday School and Church but did not know of his wife. What I did not know at the time was I was about to begin a Bible Study of the Bad Girls of the Bible that would introduce me to a few other charcters from the story, Potiphar and Potiphar's wife (who does not have a name in the Bible, but obviously has a name in history). So I was even more fascinated when I began this book to know more of the players and the background in the story (and to know already that Potiphar's wife was a bad girl).

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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative historical romance September 6, 2011
By Debra
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ancient Egypt comes to life in this work by promising new novelist, Anna Patricio. The engaging main character holds your interest from beginning to end. Although some of the modern-day terminology seems jarring at times, the research for this historical novel mixes well with the action and dialogue. This is Asenath's story, not Joseph's; it is written from her viewpoint in a simple and straightforward style. Though we are never allowed into Joseph's head, his character is much as we might imagine from the Biblical account. The story has a freshness and sincerity about it that is appealing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bible and Egyptian Story
This Book is a great book. I love that it is from a different version of the Joseph story in the Bible. I would absolutely positively buy it again.
Published 1 month ago by southernlass
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites!!!
What an amazing story full of excitement and adventure!! It is one of those books that you never want to end!!
Published 1 month ago by cool game
5.0 out of 5 stars asenath
Enjoyed it throughout..nice read remembered the story of Joseph in the bible and I thought it very unique to describe the story from the wife's eyes
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
I couldn't put this book down! I read another version of Asenath's story and I was afraid to read this one at-first. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MS
5.0 out of 5 stars wife of Joseph
Very interesting take on a Bible character who was mentioned only once in the book of Genesis.
The story is a fictional view of the world through this characters eyes, but... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars eh...
I have to agree with the other reviews on here, it has great potential but falls short of what it could be. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrscompton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Not sure it would be historically accurate but interesting take on how Joseph and his Egyptian wife could have met. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of place
I was really looking forward to reading this book, as I had never seen a book about Joseph's wife before (of course, i wasn't looking for one either). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, poor execution
What can I say? It started out okay, and went downhill fast from there. I like the premise, but would have liked to have seen more historical information and much more appropriate... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cheryl H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I found this book full of insight as to what life would have been like at the time Joseph and Asenath lived. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pat Draper
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More About the Author

Anna Patricio is a lover of ancient history, with a particular interest in Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome. She is also intrigued by the Ancient Near East, though she has not delved too much into it but hopes to one day.

She undertook formal studies in Ancient History at Macquarie University. She focused mostly on Egyptology and Jewish-Christian Studies, alongside a couple of Greco-Roman units, and one on Archaeology. Though she knew there were very limited job openings for ancient history graduates, she pursued her degree anyway as it was something she had always been passionate about.

Then, about a year after her graduation, the idea to tackle historical fiction appeared in her head, and she began happily pounding away on her laptop. ASENATH is her first novel.

On 22 September 2013, Anna married her best friend and fellow writer, Alfred D. Byrd.

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