Thursday, February 19, 2015

Esther: A Book Review

About The Book:

When an ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews, an inexperienced young queen must take a stand for her people. 
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.


You can read an excerpt of Esther, here, in PDF format

About The Author:

With nearly five million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Timesbestselling 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 Award. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, she completed her doctorate in Biblical Studies and is currently completing her Th.D. Angela and her husband live in Florida, along with their mastiffs. She can be found online at www.angelahuntbooks.com

My Review:

Whenever an author decides to fictionalize a person from the Bible, I am always skeptical because I wonder if they can really do them justice, and keep the integrity of the scriptures. Well there are two authors who do this remarkably well. One is Jill Eileen Smith and the other is Angela Hunt. And with Esther, Hunt has raised the bar of Bible inspired fiction to a whole new level.

The character of Esther is bar none my favorite woman of the Bible. She is strong, determined and loves her God so much that she is willing to die for Him. Angela Hunt has written a story that brings Esther and her journey to life in amazing detail, and I was drawn in from the very first pages. Actually, it was the stunning cover that drew my attention first. I absolutely loved that the book was written from the perspectives of both Hadassah (Esther) and the King's eunuchs, Harbonah, as that made the book a very unique reading experience.

Esther is book #1 in A Dangerous Beauty series, and book #2, Bathsheba, will release later in 2015. I will definitely be wanting to read it, after reading this exquisitely written novel.

This book was absolutely accurate to the scriptures it is based on, was an entertaining read, and allowed me to really visualize the life that Queen Esther lived.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Esther at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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