The holidays are winding up and if Santa was very good to you this year, you might find yourself with a handful of bookstore gift cards. Now I don't know about you, but these little pieces of plastic are as good as gold around this house.
A Reader's Respite knows that making decisions on which books to spend those little gift cards on can be agonizing. After all, we don't want to waste them on a book that turns out to be a dud.
And so after much contemplation, A Reader's Respite is here to make our Official 2008 Christmas Gift Card Purchase Suggestion:
Nefertiti, by Michelle Moran.
Published to much acclaim in 2007, Nefertiti was author Michelle Moran's debut novel. Ancient Egypt comes to life as the rise and fall of one of Egypt's greatest queens is told through the eyes of her sister, Mutnodjmet.
Vivid and compelling, if you've never read a historical fiction novel set in ancient Egypt before, this is THE ONE.
The Heretic Queen, by Michelle Moran.
Published in 2008, you can't go wrong with this follow-up novel to Nefertiti. Easily read as a stand-alone novel, The Heretic Queen is the story of the rise of Nefertari and her epic love story with Ramses the Great. The novel does include references to events in Nefertiti and is immensely satisfying when read as a sequel.
If you haven't read either of these novels, you are missing out on two rollicking good reads. Both are highly recommended and a sure-fire way to get the most out of those holiday gift cards. Happy reading!