Thursday, May 21, 2015

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Moses Chronicles Vol. 1 by H.B. Moore


ABOUT THE BOOK


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 lead to Moses’s flight into the wilderness, The Moses Chronicles: Bondage will take you back to a rich period of history replete with scandal, strife, love, and hope as God prepares a prophet to lead His chosen people.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

HEATHER B. MOORE is the two-time Best of State and two-time Whitney Award winner for her historical fiction, the most recent being Esther the Queen. She is also the author of the nonfiction inspirational book Women of the Book of Mormon and the coauthor of Christ's Gifts to Women with Angela Eschler. Heather is a columnist for Meridian Magazine on LDS topics.

REVIEW

I'm usually pretty wary when I come across Bible-based fictional stories just because you never know how the author is going to interpret the people involved.  But I shouldn't have worried about that with Moore at the helm.  She has written many other scriptural-based fictional stories so she has plenty of experience at filling in the missing parts.  The story of Moses is a fascinating one as the man goes from a position of power and influence to living in hiding in the wilderness and then back to a position of power and influence but this time guided by God.  The images that Moore creates in her story help make Moses and Miriam and Ramses and the others all the more real.  Fictional stories like this can make it easier to see these people as real people with real fears and strengths and weaknesses. It was interesting to compare the two very different ways of life of Moses versus Miriam.  I can honestly say that I'm glad I didn't live then.  Once again, H.B. Moore has created an eminently readable biblical fiction story that draws the reader in and doesn't let go.  I'm eager to read the next book in the series.

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