"Highly recommend this Ancient Egypt Romance!"
This is a story of Ancient Egypt and of two children
who were both given to the Gods as children. Hatshepsut
or "Hati" is of Royal blood and is now old enough to dance
for the Living God. Senmut has been in the military and
is now a scribe. Imagine Senmut's surprise when he is
called to Hati's chambers and finds she has grown into a
beautiful woman. She is to dance for the Pharoah, Tutmose
II, this evening and with any luck, he will choose to
marry her. The Pharoah still has no children, even with
all his wives and concubines.
Well, no big surprise, Hati impresses the Pharoah and
is made one of his wives. Senmut leaves the city and goes
into the desert. He decides he must as he realizes he has
fallen in love with Hati and it will hurt him too much to
be around her. Meanwhile, Hati becomes a favorite with
the Pharoah and comes to know the man, rather than the
Living God. She falls in love with him and eventually
conceives. In order to protect Hati and her unborn child,
plans have made to gift the Pharoah with another concubine
and he must act as if Hati has fallen out of favor.
In order to consummate their relationship, Pythia, the
woman picked as Pharaoh's new concubine, makes up an
aphrodisiac. Unfortunately, the Pharoah is allergic to it
and dies. Just before all this happened, the Pharoah has
decreed that Hati will be the Regent Pharoah until her
child can take the throne. The Pharoah has also named
Senmut as Tutor of the Royal Children.
During an audience, Hati has the misfortune of meeting
one of the Princes, Akenmose. Akenmose immediately
attacks Hati's right to rule and shows he will do nothing
but create problems for her.
Is Akenmose planning a way to take the throne from
Will she be able to give birth to her child in peace?
Will her child live? What of Pythia? Will she be
executed as killing the Pharoah? What of Senmut and his
forbidden love of Hati? Will the two of them ever have a
chance at happiness?
THE GOD'S WIFE is a wonderful story of Hatshepsut, one
of the only female Pharaohs. It is obvious Lena Austin
has been her research fully before ever setting pen to
paper, or fingers to keyboard, whatever the case may be.
The characters are all engaging, the settings are all
fantastic. The story is filled with all kinds of plots
and subplots enough to keep any reader engaged. The life
of the Pharoah was not easy with all the threats to his
safety and everyone plotting to take his power. Lena
Austin has done a wonderful job of keeping everything
straight and easy to follow in this story, while not
reducing it to something simplistic. And the ending was
quite a surprise! This is a story I highly recommend to
anyone with any interest at al
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 6, 2006