Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Review: Esther by Angela Hunt

Esther
by Angela Hunt
Adult Christian Fiction
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.73
Published by: Bethany house Publishers
Published on: January 6, 2015
Pages: 352

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


An ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews in ancient Persia, so an inexperienced beautiful 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. 

Esther marks bestselling author Angela Hunt's return to biblical fiction. In each novel she explores an example of a Hebrew Old Testament tob woman: a woman whose physical beauty influences those around her--and can change the course of history. 


My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This was a very unique retelling of Esther. In the beginning, I really didn't like Esther. She was spoiled and not overly concerned with her family or anything. She just dreamed of being pretty.

But as the story progressed, I actually really enjoyed it. The writing was intriguing and I loved hearing the story from the servant's point of view too. The novel ended differently than I thought it would but it was beautifully written.

For fans who love retellings of bible stories, they will find a real treasure with the latest from Angela Hunt.

The novel was rich in detail, and as far as historical fiction goes, it was rich in detail. This one was a delight to read. 

So why 3.5 stars? I really liked it. The story was great. I just thought the beginning was slow.

Warnings/Side-notes: Suitable for all readers.

The Wrap-up: This novel is great. I enjoyed it. Definitely recommended for fans of historical genre. 
Love,

Danica Page

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