Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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Book Review: A Relectant Queen

The Reluctant Queen is a fictionalized version of the book of Esther. Immediately, upon reading the book I noticed the departures from the biblical account, however since I already knew it was a fictional book I enjoyed the story. Author Joan Wolf has a wonderful ability to transport the reader into another time and place. I enjoyed reading and thinking about the reasons an Israelite would marry a pagan and the reasons Haman acted as he did. It was a little amusing to see how the author gave Esther and Ahasuerus such modern time sentiments and attributes. But hey, it's a love story so what do you expect. On the other hand, it was disturbing how the author portrayed Esther as someone who so quickly was willing to leave the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

From the publisher: “See the story of Esther in an entirely new way—with all the political intrigue and tension you remember, but told as a passionate and tender love story between a young man and woman. Misunderstood by many, King [Ahasuerus] was a powerful but lonely man. Esther’s beauty caught the eye of the young king, but it was her spirit that captured his heart.”

Book Sneeze provided this book in exchange for an honest review. 


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