Book Recommendation: Asenath by Anna Patricio

Back cover blurb:

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?

Narelle: I really enjoyed reading Asenath and I gained many insights into life in Ancient Egypt. I find it fascinating to read books set during Biblical times from the perspective of other cultures. The Egyptians feared the God of the Israelites for many reasons.

The fictionalised account of Asenath and Joseph’s journey to love revealed their strength of character as they endured many hardships. He was sold into slavery by his brothers and was later imprisoned due to the false testimony from his Egyptian master’s wife. Joseph is a beloved hero of the Bible who provided food and shelter for his family in Egypt during the famine. I recommend this book, by an Australian author, to those looking for an exciting historical romance set during Biblical times.

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