About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Sunday, May 14, 2023

In Feast or Famine (The Egyptian Chronicles, #2) by Mesu Andrews

In Feast or Famine (The Egyptian Chronicles, #2)

Thrust into an arranged marriage, the daughter of ancient Egypt's high priest plays a pivotal role in Joseph's biblical narrative in this powerful novel from the award-winning author of Potiphar's Wife.

After four-year-old Asenath's mother is murdered by Egypt's foreign rulers, the child is raised to be a priestess by her overprotective father--high priest of Egypt's sun god. For fifteen years, Asenath is sequestered in the upper levels of Ra's temple, convinced it is her destiny to heal the land by becoming queen to the next Egyptian pharaoh. But when Egypt's foreign king instead gives her as a bride to the newly appointed vizier--a Hebrew named Joseph--her entire world is shaken.

Beyond the walls of her tower, Asenath discovers treachery, deceit, and conspiracy that force her to redefine her destiny and weigh where her true loyalties lie. Can she still trust the gods of Egypt? Or is Elohim, the foreign God of her husband, the one who will heal her nation during the feast and famine to come?


I jumped at this chance to read this book after reading Potiphar's Wife, the first book of The Egyptian Chronicles series. In Feast or Famine continues Joseph's journey from being a slave to becoming an Egyptian official, an amazing story that is recorded in the Old Testament book of Genesis. Potiphar's Wife revealed Joseph's love for a Hebrew maid named Arupa but his story becomes even more when intriguing when he enters into an arranged marriage with an Egyptian priestess named Asenath. Their complicated relationship is plagued by Asenath's doubts about Joseph's feelings for Aruba but he remains faithful to her, even during a time when multiple wives were permissible.

Asenath is very briefly mentioned in Genesis but author Mesu Andrews masterfully weaves biblical facts and fictional details to give her a beautiful story of fidelity, forgiveness, and redemption. Asenath learns to trust in Joseph's love and she also discovers an everlasting love when she becomes a believer in Elohim, the one true God that her husband serves. This former priestess becomes an inspiration to her husband Joseph and she can also be an inspiration to anyone doubting their own self-worth. Asenath is the perfect example of God's ability to change anyone!

Andrews kept me turning the pages in this powerful account of intrigue, drama, and romance. I recommend In Feast or Famine to all who enjoy biblical fiction.

I received a complimentary copy from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


MESU ANDREWS is the Christy Award-winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter whose deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Andrews lives in North Carolina with her husband Roy. She stays connected with readers through newsie emails, fun blog posts, and frequent short stories. 

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