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A Reluctant Queen - Joan Wolf

Posted by Gina Schwartz on September 8, 2011 at 3:55 PM

A Reluctant Queen

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.

My Take

I find myself almost addicted to biblical fiction.  My first foray into this genre was a fabulous novel called "The Red Tent" and more recently I read "Pearl in the Sand" also a great novel.  I have always been curious about the story of Esther and trying to find out what would have made her do what she did.  Putting her life in jeopardy that way. What might she have been feeling.  THis novel even though it is a work of fiction puts an answer to this question Esther was able to do what she did because she fell in love with the king and he fell in love with her.

The novel plays out in a very sweet and touching sequence allowing the reader to truly believe in the love of the couple and to feel their deep emotion. 

Even though it is primarily a love story the novel does not skimp on the details of the politics of the time and goes through the rivalries between the different groups in the kingdom and highlights the difficult and dangerous political intrigues and the decisions that they king must make in the face of many deceptions.  It also highlights many social issues such as the keeping of harems by the king and the gelding of young men to make them eunuchs.

What is perhaps most captivating about the novel is the richness of the descriptions of the landscape and the clothing of the people - even their food.  The reader can feel the lure of the highlands  - its coolness and free spiritedness.

This is a very readable book.  One you will find hard to put down.

I rate it 4 Stars

I loved the cover also.  The woman has a captivating beauty much like Esther would have had

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