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Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite
Lauren Lee Merewether’s Wife of Ay is the second prequel to the Lost Pharaoh Chronicles. Temehu’s mother, Nefertkau, wants to find her a wonderful husband: a person who would put a light in her daughter’s eyes, someone who would answer the question ‘how will you show your love to her’ with something other than the standard duties of a husband. Temehu’s reputation for her beauty and status have traveled far and wide and sons of nobles send her letters in hopes of being lucky enough to wed her. Unfortunately, none of her suitors has captured Temehu’s interest and although she still has two years before society views her to be abnormal for being unmarried, time flies faster than she initially thought as troubles begin to dog her life.
I have already read Lauren Lee Merewether’s The Valley Iris so I was excited and basically bouncing in my seat when I saw Wife of Ay! Lauren Lee Merewether’s second prequel to the Lost Pharaoh Chronicles is a moving, heartrending tale of Temehu’s love and life as she tried to navigate through the snarling teeth of the noblewomen while trying to be true to her heart. Temehu was such a strong character who shouldered so much after experiencing so much tragedy and sorrow. The problems and despair she faced through the years clearly took a toll on her but she persevered and for that, she has my respect! Temehu made mistakes in her life and she tried her best to atone for some of them; however, she continued to experience pain as a consequence of her prior actions. I could feel her devastation through the pages, I knew she felt like the world always seemed to be against her and her sorrow made my chest hurt. I cried with her as she endured loss, suffering, and belittlement by the shallow nobility, trying to carry everything on her own, not wanting to trouble the people she loved.
Overall, I found this book to be absolutely amazing, outstanding, memorable, and extraordinary! The pacing and plot were incredible, I read the entire thing in one sitting! The characters’ growth throughout the entire book added depth to the story, each one had an important role to play in creating such a remarkable tale. Honestly, Wife of Ay is just a breathtaking book and it was an emotional roller coaster ride. The ending left me with a bittersweet feeling. Wife of Ay is truly, absolutely phenomenal. Ten out of ten and I will definitely read it again!