The Moses Chronicles Volume 1 Bondage by H. B. Moore

Most of us are familiar with the Bible story of baby Moses who was found floating down the river by Pharaoh’s daughter. H. B. Moore in her recent novel The Moses Chronicles Volume 1 Bondage explores the story of Moses as a young adult. With meticulous historical research and captivating narrative, H. B. Moore creates an authentic and compelling picture of what life may have been like for Moses living a privileged life among the pharaohs of Egypt.

Like many of Moore’s historical novels, Bondage quickly draws us into an absorbing story that introduces us to strong, believable characters and stories. I like how Moore cleverly contrasted Moses’s experiences throughout the novel with his siblings Miriam and Aaron who live as Hebrew slaves.

While much of the story line is fictional, Moore does an exceptional job of recreating the intense drama and feelings that must have existed between the Egyptians and their Hebrew slaves. She captured well the feelings of fear and hopeless that slaves may have felt toward their masters, and the indifference and careless of the Egyptians toward their slaves.

I loved Miriam, I felt for Moses, and I look forward to reading futures volumes of The Moses Chronicles. H. B. Moore has delivered a great story that both entertained me and helped me appreciate Moses for the complicated person he was. H. B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of The Moses Chronicles Volume 1 Bondage by H. B. Moore for my candid review.

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Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas

The genuine characters and simple plot of Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas make for an affecting story of love, loss, and renewal. Once again, Thomas has written a touching story of diverse people trying to make the best of everyday life and struggles.

I really liked Margaret with her quiet strength. Margaret works for an elderly widow Emily and looks after her diabetic younger sister. When tension at home with her parents become unbearable, Margaret chooses to make her own way.

As Margaret struggles to provide for herself and Mayfair, she frequently crosses paths with Henry, grandson of her employer. Henry has dropped out of school and decided that he no longer wants to pursue his parents’ plan for him. When unexpected tragedy descends on his family, Henry struggles to find the best path for his future.

As Margaret and Henry struggle to find their own ways, they gradually learn that prejudices and unyielding opinions do not heal. In a poignant story of loss and renewal, author Sarah Thomas shows us that acceptance and love bring lasting healing that changes hearts and lives.

Although the plot of Until the Harvest is less intense than many novels, it was still a delightful, touching read. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas for my candid review.