Friday, 6 February 2015

Book Review: Esther Royal Beauty

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From The Back:

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.

My Reflections:

Angela Hunt is one of my favorite go to authors, and as of late her books tend to be geared more towards contemporary fiction. I was completely thrilled to see her newest book Esther Royal Beauty, be released this month.

Esther is one of my favorite stories from my youth, I mean what young woman doesn't love a story about a common girl becoming a queen?

Orphaned at a young age Hadassah AKA Esther, is yearning for something more. Esther's cousins Mordecai and Miriam try to shelter their young ward, and teach her their ways. We journey along side Esther as she transforms from a somewhat self centered and shallow youth to a blossoming woman who displays incredible strength and wisdom.

Though most people know this story Hunt has the unique ability to convey the facts, while bringing depth and vitality to her characters. I absolutely loved that this story is told by both Esther and Harbonah, (the kings eunuch.) With Harbonah's point of view we get details that would be impossible to weave into this story without his portrayal. This was a very creative and dynamic component to this book. Brilliant!

I would definitely recommend this book for enjoyment and reading pleasure. The story is factual and follows closely to the Biblical account, obviously embellished for fictional retelling you get the sense that Hunt has indeed done her research. Such a joy to read this one!

I received this book free of charge, from Graf-Martin communications in return for my honest review. Thank you so much Graf-Martin!

About The Author:

  1. Angela Hunt

    Angela Hunt

    With nearly five 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...
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