Monday, July 19, 2010
David C. Cook(March 1, 2010)304 pages
Description: (from Amazon)
The story of a girl unsparingly plunged into heartache and chaos, who would save a nation … of Esther, who would be queen.
Wrenched from a simple life for her beauty, Esther finds herself at the mercy of King Xerxes. Leaving behind her only relative, her cousin Mordecai, and her first true love, Cyrus, she is thrown headlong into the unrestrained extravagance of palace living. Quick of mind and strong in spirit, she refuses to suffer the fate of her harem sisters and boldly challenges Xerxes to give of his heart before taking his pleasure, thus sealing her place beside him a queen. While conspiracy spins its diabolical web, Esther’s mind and spirit waver, and she is forced to confront the past in order to save her future—and that of an entire nation.
I will admit that as much as I wanted to read this book, I was afraid it was going to be too “history bookish” for my tastes. I ended up loving Chosen. I didn’t take everything in the book to be true, because it wasn’t in the Bible, but it had so much background information to help me better understand Esther’s life, and the customs and traditions of the time. I gained even more respect for Esther and the sacrifices she made. It was very interesting and I can’t wait to read more of Ginger’s books about the ladies of the Bible. I'm looking forward to reading Esther's story in the Bible now that I have some background knowledge!
*Thanks to Charity for this copy that I won @ Giveaway Lady!