It’s time for a Litfuse blog tour! This tour features A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf.
About the Book:
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. More here.
Joan Wolf was born in New York City but has lived most of her adult life with her husband in Connecticut, where she raised two children and countless numbers of assorted animals. Joan is the author of numerous historical novels including The Road to Avalon which Publishers Weekly lauded as “historical fiction at its finest.”
For more about Joan and her other books, please visit www.joanwolf.com.
I started reading this book knowing it was a fictionalized story of the book of Esther. I have to say while this is a work of fiction, I loved reading this story! The characters just came alive in the pages of this book. Familiar characters such as Esther, Mordecai,, Haman and The Great King. I loved the descriptions in the story of what it might have been like to live in Persia during this time period.
This is a love story. It is also a story about trust and betrayal.
Esther is sent to the palace by her Uncle Mordecai as a candidate to be considered for The Great King’s wife. How difficult it must have been for Esther to know she was competing with other young women for this position. After living with her Uncle for many years to be thrown into an entirely new life! Being a young Jewish girl and keeping her heritage a secret from those around her. Knowing too that the king had other wives, concubines and children.
Much to Esther’s surprise, the king chooses her as his wife. She is overwhelmed and unsure having not really expected to be chosen. In spite of her fears and apprehension Esther is a strong and faithful young woman. She meets her new life and new challenges head on. Esther not only earns the King’s trust, she earns his love as well.
Esther’s faith is tested when she has to see the King during a sacred religious ceremony where only the men are permitted to be in attendance. Esther puts her own life in jeopardy to save the lives of her people.
After I read this book, I went back and read the story of Esther from my Bible. It is a wonderful story!
If you are looking for a wonderful story this is one worth reading! If you are looking for the story of Esther from the Bible this book is not it.
disclosure: I received this book as a litfuse blogger in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions in this post and on this blog are my own.