About the Book:
When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews--young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.
First, I have to say I appreciate Hunt's research for this novel. Not only was the Biblical account portrayed accurately, but other historical details about the Persian culture, King Xerxes and Vashti were also thoroughly researched to insure authenticity to the account of Esther becoming King Xerxes chosen queen. The "details" included in this re-imagined story- Esther's loneliness, her despair at not providing an heir, and Vashti's vindictive jealousy to name a few- were definitely written from a woman's perspective breathing life and true emotion into a commonly known Biblical story. The dual first person points of view from Esther and Harbonah also lent an interesting twist, especially since the second voice of the telling was not only male, but from the perspective of a slave inside the palace. Captivating story!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work. I have not been compensated in any way by the author or publisher.
The author of more than 100 published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tale of Three Trees, The Note, and The Nativity Story. Angela's novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Christian Book Award, and the Holt Medallion. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at www.angelahuntbooks.com.
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