In this freshmen outing for Hope Auer, I was intrigued to read about a fictional family who lived during the oppression of the Israelites by the Egyptians. The story of Moses leading the Israelites to the Promised Land is a well-known Bible story. In A Cry from Egypt, Hope writes about a family who lived in Egypt at the time that Moses first returned to ask Pharoah to release the Israelites. This type of historical fiction brings a Bible story to life for me. I was immersed in the family struggles and triumphs. The family is spared during the plagues, like the other Israelites, and the lead character learns of the all-powerful God her family serves as they are delivered from the bondage of slavery.
I would recommend this book for anyone 13 and older. Some of the scenes described may be difficult for younger readers.
For ordering information, see Hope’s website by her publisher, Great Waters Press.