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Egypt's Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra

Egypt's Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra

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by Angela Hunt

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New York Times Bestselling Author's Newest Biblical-Era Series

Five decades before the birth of Christ, Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria's royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava vows to be a faithful friend no matter what—but after she and Cleopatra have an argument,


New York Times Bestselling Author's Newest Biblical-Era Series

Five decades before the birth of Christ, Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria's royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava vows to be a faithful friend no matter what—but after she and Cleopatra have an argument, she finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery.

Torn from her family, her community, and her elevated place in Alexandrian society, Chava finds herself cast off and alone in Rome. Forced to learn difficult lessons, she struggles to trust a promise HaShem has given her. After experiencing the best and worst of Roman society, Chava must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God's will for her life.

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Childhood friends Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, and Urbi, a princess, often play together in Alexandria's royal palace. When Chava receives a prophecy from Ha-Shem telling her that she will see Urbi's happiest day and her last, she confides in her friend, who is displeased. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, an argument with her old friend results in her selling Chava into slavery. Remembering the prophecy, Chava, who now finds herself in Rome, struggles to trust in a God that seems to have abandoned her. VERDICT Setting her new biblical series half a century before the birth of Christ. Hunt (Delilah) once again vividly brings the ancient world to life, although she focuses here on the military and political climate of the time with her protagonists more in the background.

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Baker Publishing Group
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Silent Years Series
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5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

The author of more than one hundred published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of Risen: The Novelizaton of the Major Motion Picture, The Note, The Nativity Story, and the Dangerous Beauty series. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in biblical studies in theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at www.angelahuntbooks.com.

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Egypt's Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 9 hours ago
The author, Angela Hunt, winds a story around the life and loves of Cleopatra. The story is told in the voice of Chava (pronounced hah-vah) who as a child was a playmate and best friend to Cleopatra. They even swore to be blood sisters. Chava, a Jewish girl, loved Cleopatra, but knew she would never be on the same plain as Cleopatra; an Egyptian princess who would someday become Queen. But, she also felt they would always remain blood sisters and be in each other’s lives. She was thrilled to be a friend to the future Queen. She envisioned someday being her lady-in-waiting. If you’ve always thought you knew the story of Cleopatra, this book gives a look into the life of Cleopatra, and some Egyptian, Roman and Greek history. It is also the story of Chava, a Hebrew who starts out life with a naive view of the world. She soon learns some heartbreaking and also back-breaking lessons about love and giving your allegiance to a person. Chava is called by God whom she calls HaShem, for a special purpose in her life. She knows she has to remain true to what God has called her to do, but at times, she would prefer to follow her heart. The chain of events that follow in her life somehow don’t seem to fit with what God has asked of her, and she doesn’t see how His plan will be fulfilled. The author does a great job of setting the scenes of life through a woman who would have lived a century before Christ and the New Testament. There are many scenes when Chava and Cleopatra are young friends. There is also depictions of the differences of Egyptians and the Jewish population and what it means for Chava. In the beginning of reading the book, it took me a minute to grasp where the author might be going with this story, but it didn’t take long to get to the meat of the story, and my interest stayed piqued. There were many twists and turns, but to me that made it all the more interesting and a desire to keep reading to find out what happened next. It is a great and interesting story, and the author writes in such a way that you will feel different emotions; some anger, some sadness, and some bitterness. The author does a good job of getting the point of her book across. I would definitely say this is a must-have for anyone’s reading list no matter your genre preference. I received The Captain’s Daughter as a copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise was required. All opinions are my own. The reviews on my blog are specifically my own interpretation of my like or dislike for a book that I read.
Anonymous 3 days ago
I received a copy of EGYPT’S SISTER: A NOVEL OF CLEOPATRA by Angela Hunt from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. It is the first book in the “Silent Years” series. I had read other books by Angela Hunt, so I knew it would be in for a treat. This book is a delight. I have always felt a passion for books about Ancient Egypt, and Cleopatra in general. It all began when I was in elementary school and read Cleopatra’s fictional diary. After that I couldn’t get my hands on enough material, both books and movies, about Egypt. I haven’t read that much in the past few years, so imagine my delight when this fell into my lap and sparked my love all over again. EGYPT’S SISTER is filled with rich, historical details. It transports you into the past. Unlike some stories that only feature happiness, this one is raw and realistic. Go in knowing that you will gasp. You will cringe. You may need to set it down for a minute. I feel the need to point out this is Christian fiction. It adds an extra level of depth. Usually the Cleopatra books that I read are strictly secular. I look forward to reading the sequel when it comes out.
LannieM 4 days ago
I recently finished reading Egypt’s Sister by Angela Hunt. This was an interesting story that definitely captured my attention. The characters, especially Chava, were the strongest part of the story. I found myself wondering exactly how everything would turn out. The main plot line of the story was definitely Chava’s relationship with God, which is very unique in most inspirational fiction (although based on the name of the genre, you might assume otherwise). I appreciated that aspect of the story, and I felt that it was accomplished very well. That being said, I did not feel a particular connection to the characters, despite the fact that they were well written. I was interested in what happened to them, true, but I could have easily set this book down and never picked it up again without losing sleep over the ending. In a way, the ending contributed to this feeling, as it came out a tad anti-climactic. That being said, it might just be a matter of taste, as I do not often read biblical fiction. Overall, a well written story that just didn’t do it for me. I received this book from the publisher, but I was in no way required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.
NadineTimes10 4 days ago
As the Jewish daughter of a royal tutor, Chava grows up close to palace life in Alexandria. She’s sure that she’ll not be parted from her girlhood friend, the princess Urbi, not even when Urbi ascends to the throne and becomes Queen Cleopatra. But when a crushing betrayal lands Chava in slavery, she wonders what will become of her life and a promise God once spoke to her in Egypt’s Sister, a novel by author Angela Hunt. I’ve enjoyed Biblical Fiction by this author before and was intrigued to hear that she’d be writing a series about the biblical “Silent Years.” My favorite aspect of this novel is the fact that Chava hears God during this period when He’s supposedly silent. (Yeah—I don’t believe God goes mute so much as we go deaf, but I won’t get into that.) Now, there were some things in the novel that didn’t make complete sense to me. The process of Chava’s enslavement, for one, didn’t seem to make logical business sense. Aside from that, while this book is called A Novel of Cleopatra, the queen is off screen for most of it. She’s out there living her (now notorious) life, while Chava is left to pine and obsess over her. Eventually, Chava herself alludes to “obsessing over Urbi” for years. I also found the extent of Chava’s naiveté to be unbelievable at times. Although she’s done some growing by the later chapters, it’s hard for me to be super-enthused about a story when I only feel so-so about the main character. Still, the ending of the novel has put me in anticipation of the next one in The Silent Years series. ___________ Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.