About the book:
In an effort to complete a war his father had planned to win, King Xerxes calls every governor, satrap, and official in his vast kingdom to his palace in Susa to strategize and feast. When they finally leave, he decides on one more week of frivolity, which ends in the banishment of his favorite wife, something he never intended to do. But when he discovers Esther, Xerxes is sure he has a second chance at happiness.
In her wildest dreams, Esther could never have imagined that she would end up as queen of Persia. Yet she knows better than to become complacent. Another of Xerxes’s wives is vying for position, and his closest advisor has a deep and dangerous grudge against Esther’s adoptive father. Caught in the middle of palace politics, Esther will find herself in an impossible position: risk her life or consign her people to annihilation.
With her impeccable research and her imaginative flair, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the romantic, suspenseful, and beloved story of Esther, queen of Persia.
About the author:
Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and The Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.
When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.
Contact Jill through email (firstname.lastname@example.org), her website (http://www.jilleileensmith.com), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jilleileensmith), or Twitter (https://twitter.com/JillEileenSmith).
My thoughts on the book:
The fact a book is a Biblical fiction would normally stop me from reading a book, but I had to read this one. You see of all of the stories in the Bible Esther is my second favorite old testament book, it’s just so beautiful, Joseph is my favorite, Ruth is my third favorite.
Now if you’ve followed me long you may have noticed I rarely read Biblical fiction, because I want to make sure I know the true account of the story. Makes sense, right? But I have one weakness in Biblical fiction and that is Esther … I know the story well enough to keep facts straight from fiction, I read Esther several times a year.
Now, the second reason I had to read this book is the cover … It has purple, my favorite color. Just so pretty, and I love it.
For the “story” I was happy to find a story that was accurate, showed a side of Xerxes that made me see him as more of a human? I’ve enjoyed reading Esther and Xerxes’ romance but at times it is hard to realize that Xerxes was only a man, a human like anyone else.
What I was not expecting was to read from Vashti’s point of view, which was really interesting, and different and intriguing.
As far as Biblical fiction goes I must say this is a one of a kind, lovely, and informative, yet interesting story.
There is violence mentioned, backstabbing, and killing as well.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.