Thomas Nelson (June 14, 2011) 384 pages
An inspiring re-imagining of the tale of Esther, a young Jewish woman thrust from a life of obscurity into a life of power, wealth, intrigue . . . and tender love.
See the story of Esther in an entirely new way-with all the political intrigue and tension you remember, but told as a passionate and tender love story between a young man and woman. Misunderstood by many, King Xerxes was a powerful but lonely man. Esther's beauty caught the eye of the young king, but it was her spirit that captured his heart.
Imagine anew the story of Esther, one of our faith's great heroines, destined to play a key role in the history of Christianity.
I've always been a bit cautious with Biblical fiction. This is only the third one I've read. I think it's important to know the real story in the Bible before reading a very fictional account of very real people. Sometimes it's hard for my mind to wrap fully around the fictional part.
The story of Esther is beautiful! It's no surprise that there seems to be so many books about her. The best part of reading Biblical fiction for me is learning some of the customs of the times. I'm fascinated with manners and customs of the different times periods. In The Reluctant Queen, it was very interesting to learn what might have happened during Esther's beautification process and what might have been going on in the people's minds. Again, though, it's so important to remember the fictional part!! I wouldn't be overly appreciative if someone wrote a book about what I was thinking. :) It's a beautiful story, though!!
*I was provided a review copy through the Litfuse Publicity Tour in exchange for my honest opinion.
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