NOTE: That title is NOT a name of a book. Unless you decide to name your next book that. But Beastly Second Chances & Slaves is a hodgepodge of three books I’ve recently read that went in my FAV bucket. So put on your flip flops, because I’m taking you wading through books today. (Pretend you’re at the ocean since it’s summer).
Second Chances in Paradise by Jennifer Peel
Peel is one of my favorite go-to authors. Thankfully, she writes quickly and keeps my sweet romance tooth satisfied. This is a first love-second chance trope set in a gorgeous beach setting in Paradise, Alabama.
Holland is a brilliant scientist working on her doctorate degree. She comes from a rough background where she never felt any love from family or those who should have cared for her. She’s always focused on her studies to fill the emptiness within her. Except for a summer she spent working at the Claibourne hotel in Paradise when she was in high school and met Porter, the owner’s son. He taught her how it felt to be loved…before he broke her heart and she fled Paradise forever.
Circumstances (aka, a friend’s wedding) bring her back eight years later…and she meets Porter again for a Continue reading
Let my people go . . .
That’s the central message of the conclusion to the Moses Chronicles by H.B. Moore. The first two books dealt with Moses’s life in Egypt and then his time in the wilderness after he flees Egypt. Continue reading
I love H.B. Moore’s Biblical novels because they give me a new way to think about old stories I grew up hearing. She makes Biblical prophets come to life in a way that astounds and thrills me. Here’s the blurb: Continue reading
Moses has always felt like an outsider in his powerful Egyptian family, even though his close relationship with Ramses, the prince of Egypt, and their cousin Pentu keeps him entwined in the dealings of royalty. But when their youthful antics get them in trouble, the Pharaoh decides it’s time for all three of them to grow up and own their respective responsibilities. Now betrothed to a woman he cares nothing for, Moses wonders where his life is headed.
Miriam, a Hebrew slave, lives with a secret she cannot share with anyone. And though it has been eighteen years since she saved her baby brother, she is constantly getting in trouble for spying on him. In a desperate attempt to control Miriam, her older brother, Aaron, and her father look to find her a husband, something Miriam has never been interested in—until Caleb, a young, handsome man, confesses his feelings for her and asks her father for her hand in marriage.
When Libya advances on Egypt, Moses and Miriam are suddenly thrown together as the Egyptian royals and soldiers flee. Hebrew slaves are forced to defend the kingdom, and Miriam and Caleb are enlisted under Moses’s direction. Moses quickly sees there is more to this downtrodden people than what he’s been taught. When he witnesses the atrocities enacted against the slaves, he realizes he must leave—he must find out who he really is.
A gripping account of the events that led to Moses’s flight into the wilderness, The Moses Chronicles: Bondage will take you back back to a rich period of history replete with scandal, strife, love, and hope as God prepares a prophet to lead His chosen people.
I love Heather Moore’s Bible stories. She makes the characters and simple scriptural verses come alive through her storytelling. This is the first installment in Moses’s life, and I found it completely fascinating. The characters described above as well as Moses’ Egyptian mother (the daughter of Pharoah), Bithia, became so real to me and Moore made the few clues from the Bible make sense of possible reasons why Moses would have fled Egypt after killing a taskmaster and what his life might have been like in the royal court before he learned of his Hebrew heritage. I couldn’t put this down…it was extremely good!
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is for Queen.
I just finished two books this week about Quite different Queens. The first book was by H.B. Moore entitled Esther the Queen. This well-done historical fiction fleshes out the biblical story of the Jewess Esther, her cousin, Mordachai, King Xerxes (Asahuerus), and wicked Haman. Continue reading