Angela Elwell Hunt delivers a keeper—a deeply satisfying exploration of the lives of three women who influenced Moses. Merytamon, Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh, knows the anguish of barrenness, the fulfillment of a son's clandestine adoption, then the agony of final loss. Miryam, Moses' sister, sees him safely into the hands of his Egyptian mother, then vanishes from his life until he is ready to know his true heritage. Zipporah offers Moses comfort and refuge when life seems empty. She marries him and bears him sons, then is rejected when Moses steps into his finest hour. Each woman pays a high price to stand in the background of a man obsessed with God. They are THE SHADOW WOMEN (4). Rich in historical detail, this is not a book to be read in haste, but savored with appreciation. (Oct., 336 pp., $12.95)

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Jill Elizabeth Nelson