• Potiphar's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Mesu Andrews
  • Narrated by: Lisa Negrón
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Potiphar's Wife

By: Mesu Andrews
Narrated by: Lisa Negrón
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Publisher's 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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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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Not a Fan

The audiobook was great and the reader amazing, but I did not like the story. I found the main character Zully frustrating and extremely immature. I can't sympathize with her because she made her choice to marry and was a complete brat afterwards. Moral of the story for me, if someone wants to go, let them go!

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Another great work

I love Mesu Andrews works. She keeps me riveted through each story. I loved this work of fiction as well. It had me waiting to see how the scripture story would be woven in this work. It is well done. I was not impressed with the narrator as I have been with others she has used. Her voice wasn’t changed enough in the various characters and I struggled at times to know who was speaking due to that fact.

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Extremely disappointing

It's hard to believe this is written by Mesu Andrews . I feel she could've done so much better. I feel like I never did get to know the characters. It had the most basic detail. She's was to good to be writing this. I didn't feel bad, sad, moved by anything. It was just a story I was listening to, it didn't even go along with the bible.

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Potiphar’s Wife

I love all of Mrs. Andrews books. They are based upon Biblical fact. The fiction part often gives me insight into what everyday life might have been like during that time. God’s love for all people shines brightly in all of her novels. As always I look forward to the next release and until then relisten to her books. Outstanding narration as well.

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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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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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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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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.