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Summary

One of the Bible’s most notorious women longs for a love she cannot have in this captivating novel from the award-winning author of Isaiah’s Legacy. 

“Mesu Andrews yet again proves her mastery of weaving a rich and powerful biblical story!”—Roseanna M. White, author of A Portrait of Loyalty 

Before she is Potiphar’s wife, Zuleika is the daughter of a king and the wife of a prince. She rules the isle of Crete alongside her mother in the absence of their seafaring husbands. But when tragedy nearly destroys Crete, Zuleika must sacrifice her future to save the Minoan people she loves. 

Zuleika’s father believes his robust trade with Egypt will ensure Pharaoh’s obligation to marry his daughter, including a bride price hefty enough to save Crete. But Pharaoh refuses and gives her instead to Potiphar, the captain of his bodyguards: a crusty bachelor twice her age, who would rather have a new horse than a Minoan wife.  

Abandoned by her father, rejected by Pharaoh, and humiliated by Potiphar’s indifference, Zuleika yearns for the homeland she adores. In the political hotbed of Egypt’s foreign dynasty, her obsession to return to Crete spirals into deception. When she betrays Joseph—her Hebrew servant with the face and body of the gods—she discovers only one love is worth risking everything.

©2022 Mesu Andrews (P)2022 Random House Audio

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"Mesu Andrews yet again proves her mastery of weaving a rich and powerful biblical story! With unexpected color that brings the world of Egypt, Canaan, and Crete to vivid life, Potiphar’s Wife offers depth and compassion to the tale of a woman so easily called a villain while also upholding the integrity of the story of Joseph we all know and love. Andrews has an amazing knack for helping us see the heart and life that may lurk behind the few words about a person we read in the Bible.”—Roseanna M. White, Christy Award-winning author of A Portrait of Loyalty

Potiphar’s Wife has all the elements I’ve come to expect from a Mesu Andrews book: settings so vivid I can smell the sea air and taste the salt on my lips, characters who draw me in from the first moment, and a story that compels me to turn page after page. Mesu’s research is flawless and brings the biblical account to life with captivating clarity. A book not to miss!”—Virginia Smith, bestselling author of The Last Drop of Oil: Adaliah’s Story 

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  • Jacqueline Weathers
  • 04-06-22

What Bible story was THIS book based on?

I’m sorry but this was horrible. The story sounded nothing like any other by this author and seemed so far from biblical truth that I couldn’t enjoy it.

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  • Andrea
  • 28-05-22

I hurts me to write this

Team Mesu … what happened? I promise I listened to the entire book even though the narrator was truly elementary. I even waited a few days to write this review so my frustration cooled. I know Mesu Andrews is a brilliant writer. In the biblical history genre there’s only a few in her category. But, sadly and honestly, this book fell as short as it could. There were no beautiful alliterations. I could not attach to a character because I had too little information about them. Unlike her other works, this book has very little “Bible” sub-storylines and the world written around the biblical history that was chosen was not developed into an enriching read. The worst part of this experience was the narrator. I’m truly sorry Lisa but male voices are not your forte. At all. It felt like Lisa was forced to read this not experience this as she read. I know this is a series. Please address the narration issues and lack of “grip” in the characters to help the sequel. I had pre-ordered the audio and kindle versions of the book. Maybe I was to excited to read more from Mesu and maybe my expectations were unrealistic. I do know I was disappointed for the first time by Team Mesu.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-22

Zulikea

I did struggle to finish because I found it hard to understand how she could continue to be so self absorbed and never give a thought to Potiphar.

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  • Jeanette Souder
  • 13-07-22

Narrator and story

The narrator was almost intolerable until around chapter 3. Also, the story was different than the others in the series. I think the narrator’s lack of inflections detracted from the story. Nonetheless, worth a listen but don’t judge Andrew’s works based solely on this audiobook. She is a splendid author.

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  • Guitar Girl
  • 03-07-22

Fast moving plot

VERY intriguing to get this new take on Potipher’s wife… though I have to admit, like Jonah and the midianites I didn’t really want her to repent in the end ( spoilers)… but it left me wondering what happened to her maid and who Joseph’s Egyptian wife was… next book. I realize this is fiction, so I could finish the story however I wanted. It got very hard to put down. Good depth of character. Fun look at the culture of Crete for which I knew little as well.

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  • Dianne
  • 11-06-22

Potiphar's wife

I have become a great fan of Mesu Andrews.
I have read all of her books and just love them. I love how their scripture based, I love how they're no foul words, and how she weaves a very interesting story. Potiphar's wife was full of ups and downs and twists and turns. I hated when it ended. you'll be blessed by listening & reading Mesu Andrews books. looking forward to her next release.

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  • Holly
  • 09-06-22

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I was not a fan of the “clipped” pattern of narration. I got used to it. But the story was another triumph for Mesu Andrew’s! Please keep writing.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-06-22

David Rohl's Research Would Make It Better

Lisa Negron's narration is probably the best thing about this book.

Zuleikah, ie Potiphar's wife, is a story nearly totally divorced from Scripture. For all the author's notes I believe she totally missed the best historical reference she could have found, that being David Rohl's "A Test of Time". Most scientific researchers, especially in Egyptology, fall all over their own feet repeatedly, trying to fit a narrative into a timeline that they know is completely wrong. Almost all of them have watched the original Ten Commandments movie with Charleston Heston, taking as fact that Rameses was pharaoh during Joseph's time. Yet absolutely "Nothing Fits" within that time frame. Rohl's take looks at an earlier time frame that is continuously yielding factual evidence of Joseph (identifying dams with his Egyptian name built up during the 7 years of plenty) through Moses (finding a village with extensive numbers of bones that are clearly those of baby boys as Pharaoh's rules insisted be killed, showing a preponderance of numbers of adult women in those same areas) to Joshua (walls of Jericho). In other words, if you know you lost a valuable ring inside your house why would you continue going to search for it in grocery stores in the area that you've already completely searched without success?🤔 Could it be that these Egyptologists don't really want proof that Scripture is correct? And what happens to their grants for research if they do prove Scripture as reliable history?

In addition, Mesu chose to create a character for Joseph to love...Ahira, a shepherdess ripped from Joseph's family desert camp into slavery. Ahira is a merciful but easily manipulated young female who does provide room to expand Zuleikah and Joseph's characters, but who must somehow meet her demise because Joseph marries Asenat in Scripture. No where in the Bible is there even anything that implies that Joseph's heart was divided from Asenat's. Mesu's choice to make Zuleikah a spoiled Cretan princess who self justifies the unjustifiable is great. Plus getting to see Potiphar as a loyal soldier and workaholic provides a reasonable explanation for why his wife felt neglected enough to try reaching out for love elsewhere, thus the 3 stars. If this story wasn't based on Biblical people, as a complete stand alone, then it would be fantastic!! I'm harder on Mesu regarding the validity of staying within the Biblical framework because it's something that I "know for a fact" that she usually does extremely well!! I guess I'm just disappointed, but it won't stop me from reading the sequel Mesu speaks about in the author's notes. Need to see how she will dig herself out of the unnecessary twist she put herself into.

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  • Linda Yost
  • 30-05-22

I really wanted to like this book but…

I really wanted to like this book as Mesu Andrews is one of my favorite authors. 😒 Unfortunately the narrator made it impossible! Her overall dictation and enunciation needed much more work and she has no ability to bring justice to male voices. I struggled through ten chapters but could go no farther. Perhaps I will purchase the book on Kindle. Sorry Mesu, just employ a different narrator for your next installment.