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- THE SHADOW WOMEN was published in Warner Faith hardcover in 11/02. - Angela Elwell Hunt's story about Moses will appeal to readers of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent (St. Martin's Press, 1997), which tells the Old Testament story of Dinah. It was a bestseller and the Book Sense 2001 Book of the Year. - Hunt's biblical series on Joseph (Bethany House Publishers) has sold over - THE SHADOW WOMEN was published in Warner Faith hardcover in 11/02. - Angela Elwell Hunt's story about Moses will appeal to readers of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent (St. Martin's Press, 1997), which tells the Old Testament story of Dinah. It was a bestseller and the Book Sense 2001 Book of the Year. - Hunt's biblical series on Joseph (Bethany House Publishers) has sold over 50,000 copies and is still in print. Her children's book, The Tale of the Three Trees (Lion, 1990), has over two million copies in print and has been made into an animated video. An established CBA author, her books have sold over three million copies worldwide and have been featured selections in Crossings and Guideposts bookclubs. - There is a huge audience for novels that weave fiction with history, as evidenced by the bestselling success of Caleb Carr.


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- THE SHADOW WOMEN was published in Warner Faith hardcover in 11/02. - Angela Elwell Hunt's story about Moses will appeal to readers of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent (St. Martin's Press, 1997), which tells the Old Testament story of Dinah. It was a bestseller and the Book Sense 2001 Book of the Year. - Hunt's biblical series on Joseph (Bethany House Publishers) has sold over - THE SHADOW WOMEN was published in Warner Faith hardcover in 11/02. - Angela Elwell Hunt's story about Moses will appeal to readers of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent (St. Martin's Press, 1997), which tells the Old Testament story of Dinah. It was a bestseller and the Book Sense 2001 Book of the Year. - Hunt's biblical series on Joseph (Bethany House Publishers) has sold over 50,000 copies and is still in print. Her children's book, The Tale of the Three Trees (Lion, 1990), has over two million copies in print and has been made into an animated video. An established CBA author, her books have sold over three million copies worldwide and have been featured selections in Crossings and Guideposts bookclubs. - There is a huge audience for novels that weave fiction with history, as evidenced by the bestselling success of Caleb Carr.

30 review for The Shadow Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    Important Women in the Life of Moses Various women in the life of Moses share their experiences as they interact with him . Pharoah's daughter, Miriam, and Zipporah come to life in a vivid way while they record the events of his life. I really enjoyed this book since it was well researched. The author knew what she was writing about. Good job!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Craig Megorden

    Nicely done! Certainly enjoyed the “fleshing out” of the Exodus story. Angela Hunt never disappoints and this book proves that again! Wonderful!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cathy B

    Wow! This book is excellent! I love how we see the view from 3 totally different women in Moses' life. Each love him and view him in different ways so we get a really big picture of Moses. I also, as always love how much historical detail went into this book. I had started reading a review and they mentioned the detail, but it wasn't until I got into the book that I really noticed it. Knowing things about the Egyptian gods, the names the boys took (using a name of the god in their names), the mak Wow! This book is excellent! I love how we see the view from 3 totally different women in Moses' life. Each love him and view him in different ways so we get a really big picture of Moses. I also, as always love how much historical detail went into this book. I had started reading a review and they mentioned the detail, but it wasn't until I got into the book that I really noticed it. Knowing things about the Egyptian gods, the names the boys took (using a name of the god in their names), the make-up they used, the ceremonies, I could go on and on. The Midianite traditions, and Hebrew traditions as well! There was so much to research and Angela Hunt did and did an amazing job. The book is extremely well written and I enjoyed reading the story or Moses through different lenses. Shadow Women is an excellent book and you won't be sorry you read it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jan Wilson

    Moses I enjoy biblical novels I am amazed at the depth of history and biblical knowledge angela has. This adds so much to the story. I think her character development is so good and I must say how I did enjoy Mariam's character. You get a sense from scripture but the snarky comments were delightful and made her character so real.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Angela Hunt is one of my favorite authors; I usually find it so hard to put down her books! The Shadow Women is a wonderful weaving of historical fact (for those of us who love history and enjoy learning about how people lived in ancient times) with scripture (many times I went to my own Bible to check if certain events were there and I was stunned by how much I did not know!) through the use of fiction to keep the reader interested as the story moves along - and it moves along very quickly! Wha Angela Hunt is one of my favorite authors; I usually find it so hard to put down her books! The Shadow Women is a wonderful weaving of historical fact (for those of us who love history and enjoy learning about how people lived in ancient times) with scripture (many times I went to my own Bible to check if certain events were there and I was stunned by how much I did not know!) through the use of fiction to keep the reader interested as the story moves along - and it moves along very quickly! What makes this book so unique is that Moses' story is told from the points of view of the women in his life: his Egyptian princess mother, his foreign wife, and his estranged sister, all of which are so intriguing! It is beautiful to watch each character change over the course of the story, and a wonderful testament to the love of our gracious heavenly Father. If you think you know the story of Moses (and I sure thought I did!) think again - you really need to read this!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeni Enjaian

    I have become accustomed to setting low expectations before I reread these books. That way, not only do I avoid having my expectations dashed, I also sometimes am pleasantly surprised. Thankfully, this book fulfilled the later. I loved the way that Hunt wove the story of Moses through the stories of the three influential women in his life. Obviously, some artistic liberty has been taken as is common for works of historical and/or Biblical fiction. Although Miryam's character persisted in stubbor I have become accustomed to setting low expectations before I reread these books. That way, not only do I avoid having my expectations dashed, I also sometimes am pleasantly surprised. Thankfully, this book fulfilled the later. I loved the way that Hunt wove the story of Moses through the stories of the three influential women in his life. Obviously, some artistic liberty has been taken as is common for works of historical and/or Biblical fiction. Although Miryam's character persisted in stubbornness much longer than I preferred, this portrayal reflects the stories of many people today. This book survives round two of the purge from my personal collection.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi Bowman

    Absolutely WONDERFUL book!! The author builds a credible account of Moses life that is both historically and Biblically correct. The story is told from the perspective of 3 women in his life: his sister, the Egyptian Princess who rescued/adopted him, and his wife. A must read for fans of Biblical fiction.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Roberts

    The story of Moses' life, told from the three most important women in his life: Merytamon (mother), Miryam (sister) and Zipporah (wife). It was a very interesting perspective , woven with a lot of historical and Biblical fact, but I will admit it wasn't what I thought! Even so, I did enjoy this book and have, in many ways, learned much and have much to ponder.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Penny Clawson

    Hunt does remarkable things when she tells a story. I was transported to ancient Egypt, Midian, and the desert with three women who matured from young girls to women with gray hair and aching bones. Their faith journeys were different but their final days were ones of faith and obedience. May that be true of me!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Rucker

    Wonderful book! The author of course took creative liberties with certain aspects of the story of Moses and the people of Israel. Really causes you to think about the way you perceive the people in your life and around you.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Nichols

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    The Shadow Women was written early in Ms. Hunt's career. The story has its good parts, but it is the first book I've read by Ms. Hunt where I can't give more than 3 stars. Much of part 1 is descriptions from various books that were sewn together. Part 2 and 3 are better. The story flows better and it feels like a book by Ms. Hunt instead of an overly descriptive, and boring, history book. Also, for a book about the women behind Moses, the story sometimes felt like Moses didn't matter and other t The Shadow Women was written early in Ms. Hunt's career. The story has its good parts, but it is the first book I've read by Ms. Hunt where I can't give more than 3 stars. Much of part 1 is descriptions from various books that were sewn together. Part 2 and 3 are better. The story flows better and it feels like a book by Ms. Hunt instead of an overly descriptive, and boring, history book. Also, for a book about the women behind Moses, the story sometimes felt like Moses didn't matter and other times the story felt like every character was important. Although, this doesn't take away from the story, the artwork for some editions of the book is unrealistic. Overall, I would recommend this book, but it's not a book that I'll be reading more than once.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    This story about Moses is told through the eyes of three women: His "adoptive" mother cannot bear children and to save her own life from her father/husband (the Pharoah Rameses) takes Moses from the biological Hebrew mother; his biological sister with whom he reunites after living decades as an Egyptian Pharoah's son; and his intellectual wife whom he marries late in life. Reminiscent of The Ten Commandments movie. Interesting to read what medical treatments the Egyptians and Hebrews believed in This story about Moses is told through the eyes of three women: His "adoptive" mother cannot bear children and to save her own life from her father/husband (the Pharoah Rameses) takes Moses from the biological Hebrew mother; his biological sister with whom he reunites after living decades as an Egyptian Pharoah's son; and his intellectual wife whom he marries late in life. Reminiscent of The Ten Commandments movie. Interesting to read what medical treatments the Egyptians and Hebrews believed in and how they "worshipped" their gods.

  14. 5 out of 5

    C. A.

    Was a good read. Showed where women cause themselves & others grief by their stubbornness in not checking up on themselves or looking at things through prospective outside of their own 2Corinthians 13:5. Author did good job of showing some of their foolish thinking that caused themselves & others great harm. My readers learn from these examples. Was a good read. Showed where women cause themselves & others grief by their stubbornness in not checking up on themselves or looking at things through prospective outside of their own 2Corinthians 13:5. Author did good job of showing some of their foolish thinking that caused themselves & others great harm. My readers learn from these examples.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mr John Callaghan

    Another masterpiece Although I have read a number of novels based on Moses’ life I felt this one gave a real depth of understanding of his character and a great insight into his sister Miriam’s struggle ( which I found very helpful) Penny Callaghan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Beautifully written A beautiful rendition of the story of Moses! I feel like I lived in these times and walked with these women. The characters truly brought him to life!

  17. 5 out of 5

    June Hines

    Well written

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Possibly because I know how it ends, I was bored and couldn't finish this book- despite the interesting details that filled in the blanks of the Biblical journey of Moses.

  19. 5 out of 5

    David Patterson

    Interesting perspectives We know the story from a man's perspective, but the same through the eyes of the women was interesting. At times, too tedious of biblical detail.

  20. 5 out of 5

    K M Nellis

    Good book Excellent read enjoyed the book very much. A good way to read the bible story, makes the story come alive..

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    The story of Moses as told through the thoughts and emotions of three women. Merytamon, an Egyptian queen who adopts a Hebrew boy and raises him as her own. Miryam, sister of Moses, who guides the men in her life but resists guidance from others. Zipporah, the Bedouin girl who stole his heart and became his wife. Each of the women in the life of Moses has her own hopes and dreams for him and different ways of supporting him. The book is more of a 3.5. I enjoyed reading the story of Moses through The story of Moses as told through the thoughts and emotions of three women. Merytamon, an Egyptian queen who adopts a Hebrew boy and raises him as her own. Miryam, sister of Moses, who guides the men in her life but resists guidance from others. Zipporah, the Bedouin girl who stole his heart and became his wife. Each of the women in the life of Moses has her own hopes and dreams for him and different ways of supporting him. The book is more of a 3.5. I enjoyed reading the story of Moses through the eyes of the women around him, each faced with challenges of their own. Angela Hunt is adept as switching between the women, guiding the story from its beginnings to conclusion with a deft hand. There was so much time involved in the story that it sometimes moved slow. Challenged me to look at my emotions, thoughts and beliefs in many of the ways that the characters had to as they faced the events God led them to.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kerith

    This was a fun novel of the life of Moses told through three major women in his life: Pharaoh's daughter, his sister Miriam, and his wife Zipporah. This style is reminiscent of Anita Diamant's Red Tent, which I LOVED, and while this was a good and fun read it did not hold up against that example -- there is a loss of substance when trying to hold back from the grittier aspects of a story like this. It has that pristine, cleaned-up feel found in a many a Christian novel (which will please some re This was a fun novel of the life of Moses told through three major women in his life: Pharaoh's daughter, his sister Miriam, and his wife Zipporah. This style is reminiscent of Anita Diamant's Red Tent, which I LOVED, and while this was a good and fun read it did not hold up against that example -- there is a loss of substance when trying to hold back from the grittier aspects of a story like this. It has that pristine, cleaned-up feel found in a many a Christian novel (which will please some readers, certainly) and indeed has a definite Christian twist for such an important story in the Hebrew scriptures.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Set in the time of Moses, this is his story--and the story of the Israelites' exodus--told from the perspective of the women in his life: his Egyptian mother, his sister Miriam, and his wife Zipporah. Based on the three pages of resources listed in the back of the book, Angela Hunt has put a lot of research into this book. The information on the culture and religion of Egypt added new understanding about many of the occurrences in the book of Exodus, especially the plagues God sent on the Egypti Set in the time of Moses, this is his story--and the story of the Israelites' exodus--told from the perspective of the women in his life: his Egyptian mother, his sister Miriam, and his wife Zipporah. Based on the three pages of resources listed in the back of the book, Angela Hunt has put a lot of research into this book. The information on the culture and religion of Egypt added new understanding about many of the occurrences in the book of Exodus, especially the plagues God sent on the Egyptians. Great book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is excellent fiction based on what little the bible has revealed about several important biblical characters. I found myself drawn into the story as Moses' strengths and weaknesses were fleshed out by the author. Moses' older sister, Miriam, was another character that was strongly developed by the author. Her negativity and bitterness really surprised me. These are not flat people with only Godly attributes, each had troubling flaws, but God used them for His purposes in spite of their flaw This is excellent fiction based on what little the bible has revealed about several important biblical characters. I found myself drawn into the story as Moses' strengths and weaknesses were fleshed out by the author. Moses' older sister, Miriam, was another character that was strongly developed by the author. Her negativity and bitterness really surprised me. These are not flat people with only Godly attributes, each had troubling flaws, but God used them for His purposes in spite of their flaws.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    This author really did a lot of background writing to help the reader understand what the culture surrounding Moses was like. I have never read a book like this before where I could really feel like I was reading the in depth story of biblical characters. Although there were parts that were added to enhance the characters (Zipporah, Miriam, & Moses' mother) feelings and stories I remembered the main events from Bible reading so it felt like it could have been real events. This author really did a lot of background writing to help the reader understand what the culture surrounding Moses was like. I have never read a book like this before where I could really feel like I was reading the in depth story of biblical characters. Although there were parts that were added to enhance the characters (Zipporah, Miriam, & Moses' mother) feelings and stories I remembered the main events from Bible reading so it felt like it could have been real events.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Macias

    📙The Shadow Women by Angela Hunt - This was another one where I started reading the first 3 chapters/sections over and over for months until finally I was able to break past that first bit and read the rest. But I’m so glad I did. This is expanding my love for biblical fiction. It is the story of Moses, but told from the perspective of the women in his life: his Egyptian mother, his Israelite sister, and his Pagan wife. In addition to loving the book, the last 30 pages made me cry. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    i REALLY liked this one!!!1 i think this is the first book i read that took a Biblical figure and partially fictionalized his/her life....and while it is FICTION, it helps me to remember that these "stories" are more than that...that they were living people who had emotions and struggles....does that make sense??? i hope so!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This was a fascinating book. We hear so much about the men of the Bible(Old Testament) but we don 't hear much about the women. This was a really interesting book, about the women in Mose' life. It is fiction, but it does give you an idea of what it was like to be a woman during the old Testament times. It also made me reallize how thankful I am to serve one God!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Tye

    The author obviously conducted much research writing this book. However, it was very dry and a chore to read. I also did not like her interpretation of Moses being married to two women at the same time. It has always been more palatable that Moses married the Cushite women after Zipporah's death.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Granne52

    Thoroughly researched and excellently written Biblical historical fiction, this book is rich with cultural and scriptural detail of the Israelite people and the land of Egypt at the time surrounding the Exodus.

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