I wanted to love this book but sadly I didn’t.
I feel like the book started a little slow, I like that we got to read about what might have been Esther’s childhood but at the same time I feel like it dragged on for a little too long.
I like the way the author wrote the love story between Esther and Xerxes, like how they didn’t have the perfect marriage and how he most likely did have concubines because in those times it was very common for kings to have multiple wives and concubines.
I also like how we find out what might have happened to Vashti after she was removed as queen, how she doesn’t just disappear from the story but how since she probably did have children with the king she still would have had some power.
What I didn’t like was that since Esther is a biblical person this book was not very biblical and/or spiritual. As a romance history book it was a good book, as a biblical romance book it lacked on the biblical spiritual side.
Esther is a woman of the Bible that inspires you to be like her; strong, powerful, spiritual and a woman of prayer, and this book did not really deliver on that.
The detail and work that went into this is very good; you feel as if you're in the court of an ancient Persian king. The blanks she fills in for the "Book of Esther' are great. We get to see this young girl turn from a woman into the Queen, many of us have used as a role model.
I really appreciate authors who diligently research the past to create interesting and enlightening stories of cultures and people whose influence is still impacting our present day. I am often bored with typical history books that focus on facts without consideration of personal impact on the people involved. This story held my interest from start to finish and provided reminders of values that inspire me to be true to my "best" self.
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