Monday, March 23, 2015

Review: Esther: Royal Beauty

Esther: Royal Beauty
Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Elwell Hunt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an awesome fictional telling of the biblical story of Queen Esther. Hadassah is a young Jewish orphan girl when King Xerxes calls for beautiful women to be brought to the palace to choose a replacement for Queen Vashti. After being captured and forcibly brought to the palace, Hadassah presents herself as Esther to conceal her Jewish heritage. Once she is chosen to be queen, Esther finds her life has changed once more. Loved by a king, Esther finds her position can be lonely and challenging. And when the time comes for her to stand with her people, does she have the courage to go before the King?

I loved this account of Queen Esther's story. There was such a depth to the story and I liked the way Esther grows and matures throughout the book. I also liked the way the story was told from two perspectives - Hadassah and Harbonah (the King's eunuch). It gave the story the uniqueness of seeing things from a male perspective and occasionally from the King's side also.

Angela Hunt is a great writer and you will have no problem being pulled into this story. You'll feel Esther's fear, excitement, sadness, boldness, and the growth of her faith. You won't be disappointed with this one!

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