"A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther" by Joan Wolf
"A Reluctant Queen" certainly describes Esther, whether you read her story in the Bible, or in this fictionalized account. Here we read about Esther's life and feelings, getting the picture of a young woman who loves her Uncle Mordecai and will do whatever he asks. When the king searches for a new wife, Ester is taken to the palace with many other beautiful women. Each wonders if he will choose her. Esther does as she is told, but wonders if her life will be the same when she returns home. She has a life she wants to get back to. She doesn't want the "spotlight." When she is chosen by the king, Esther is surprised in more ways then one. This is historical fiction at its best - adventure, intrigue, fear, faith, and romance.
The story of Esther is one of my favorites, so I jumped at the chance to read this book. Thank you so much to Net Galley and Thomas Nelson Publishing for the copy I read on my Nook. I was drawn into the story completely and ended thinking that much of this may have been real - i.e. Esther's feelings for her home and family. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. If you liked "One Night With the King," or "The Red Tent," you won't regret picking up this book!