Esther the Queen | Book Review

by - 8/15/2013

She is a beautiful young Jewess, content in her life of anonymity.
He is the most powerful king in the world.

When chance brings the two together, the course of history is forever altered.
The glittering court of the Persian Empire serves as the backdrop for one of the most poignant tales of courage in the Bible, brought vividly to life in the pages of bestselling author H.B. Moore’s sweeping saga. And it begins on a dusty road in the Jewish Quarter.

An unexpected meeting between Esther and King Xerxes results in an immediate and unmistakable connection. When Esther is summoned to enter the king’s harem—the first step toward becoming his wife—Esther is torn between her desire to be with Xerxes and the knowledge that they will forever be divided by the secret of her Jewish heritage. Encouraged by her family to do what she must to help her people, she deftly navigates her new position in the palace, quickly becoming beloved by all—including Xerxes.

But when a treacherous plan threatens to engulf the kingdom in violence, Esther must choose between love and duty. Is she prepared to sacrifice all that she holds dear in order to save her people from certain annihilation?  

     (Taken from the Back Cover)     

When my mom told me I should read this book, I had my doubts. It's by an LDS author and I'm not typically impressed with that type of book; they definitely have a reputation of being overly cheesy and predictable. But, I decided to give this one a shot, especially since I knew the story of Esther already, so the "predictable" part was a moot point.

Guess what? It was amazing.

The story of Esther is already so inspiring and thrilling, and to read it in novel form was a really exciting experience. It was more relatable and I felt the emotion of the story much more than when I've just heard the story at church (or watched the veggietales version, haha). Also, it totally read like a romance novel, and let's face it, I'm pretty much a sucker when it comes to romance. It was a bit sappy in places, but I didn't mind. :)

One of my favorite parts about this book was that it wasn't just written from Esther's point of view. You get to hear from the King and Haman as well, which really puts a lot of things into perspective that I'd never thought about before. As soon as I finished it I wanted to read it again, and that's the true mark of a good book for me! I literally could not put it down.

So, put aside your preconceived notions about LDS authors and pick this one up! You won't be disappointed.

Happy Thursday!

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