Joseph by Terri L. Fivash ~ A sisters’ book review

Sooo, I’ve read five or six novels about Joseph as he’s my favorite Biblical character. I would read one, find it disatisfactory and search for a new one. By the time I found Terri’s book I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to be disappointed again (I’m a pessimist at times).
Well, I was disappointed, because one of my favorite characters died- but that’s another
This book is totally worth the read. 463 pages and I wish it were longer. Of course, I wish that for just about every book I read. Enough about how much I like it, here are the reasons why.
#1. She keeps everything together, moving fluidly.
#2. Joseph is a gentleman. He does complain, but he always comes back to God’s will.
#3. She gives Joseph a sidekick, and I do like sidekicks.
#4. Joseph and Asenath scenes were not as mushy gushy as I had expected. A big plus as I’m not a fan of romance.
#5. Joseph witnesses to others (using our way of speaking).
#6. Nothing about Joseph turning to idols (which some other authors had introduced).
#7. It made me laugh and nearly cry (I was crying on the inside).

There are only three things that keep this from being a “5 book” book.
#1. I did not quite understand all of Asenath’s story.
#2. She made Joseph a spoiled brat in the beginning. Not that I’m ruling it out as impossible, yet why would his father trust him if he were?
#3. The worst part of all- she kills off <favorite character>!

Anyway, that’s all for this book. I recommend reading it for sure!

O.k, I have to compliment Terri Fivash on how well she did on this book.
I have also read many different versions of Joseph’s story, but her version tops them all.
She makes sure she stays pretty close to the biblical facts, which is very nice, as most other authors mix and mash the story with the Egyptian gods and idols and just do a pathetic job of putting the story together.
She also knows how to endear you to the characters. And I mean, REALLY endears you to the characters. Now, before I paint a picture of a flawless author that we all know doesn’t exist, I will tell you of her one flaw that I found disturbing. As a matter of fact, I found it so disturbing, I nearly cried. Here it is: She kills off one of the BEST characters.
Yes, she does. I won’t spoil the book for you by telling you who it is, not to worry.
The characters come alive in this book, and you will love Khay, Joseph, Asenath, Hesy, Amenemhet, and Potiphar.
To word it as the grandpa does in the opening of the Princess Bride, “Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…” Okay, so maybe not the giants, fencing, or monsters, but you get the jist.
All in all, I give it four and a half books.


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