ESTHER, ROYAL BEAUTY
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.
I don't usually read biblical retellings -- partly because I already know the story -- but Esther is one of my favourite bible heroines so I couldn't resist. Not to mention that striking cover is enticing. So, what did I find when I started reading? A sumptuous tale that made Esther's story richer, deeper and more meaningful to me. Wow. Yes, this may be fiction, but Hunt brought this time period to life in an astonishing way. It made me want to savor every word and forget that I already knew the ending. I was carried away by the author's imagination and I'm glad I took the risk and started the journey. Esther : Royal Beauty has definitely brought a new dimension to my appreciation of her story.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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