In between swim lessons, doctor, and dentist appointments I've been doing some reading. I just finished up another book by one of my favorite authors, Heather B. Moore.
I'm betting that most of you have heard the story of Esther from the Bible--a recounting of a woman with extraordinary faith and courage. Now I'd like to invite you to delve into the story deeper than you could ever imagine. Heather has an incredible work ethic when it comes to research. In Esther the Queen, she brings Persia to life with all of its traditions and conflicts. This isn't a preachy doctrinal book though--this is a fictionalized account of Esther, her marriage to King Ahauserus and the very real threat the Jews faced at the time. Heather writes in such a way that you will experience the romance, struggles, and resolution of Esther.
After reading Esther the Queen, I felt a renewed respect for this woman and her faith in God. If you're looking for an incredible read that is uplifting AND will keep you glued to the pages, get this one.
Learn more about Heather's books here: http://mywriterslair.blogspot.
Here's the blurb for Esther the Queen:
She is a beautiful young Jewess, content in her life of anonymity.
He is the most powerful king in the world.
When chance brings the two together, the course of history is forever altered.
The glittering court of the Persian Empire serves as the backdrop for one of the most poignant tales of courage in the Bible, brought vividly to life in the pages of bestselling author H.B. Moore’s sweeping saga. And it begins on a dusty road in the Jewish Quarter . . .
An unexpected meeting between Esther and King Xerxes results in an immediate and unmistakable connection. When Esther is summoned to enter the king’s harem—the first step toward becoming his wife—Esther is torn between her desire to be with Xerxes and the knowledge that they will forever be divided by the secret of her Jewish heritage. Encouraged by her family to do what she must to help her people, she deftly navigates her new position in the palace, quickly becoming beloved by all—including Xerxes.
But when a treacherous plan threatens to engulf the kingdom in violence, Esther must choose between love and duty. Is she prepared to sacrifice all that she holds dear in order to save her people from certain annihilation?
I'd love to know what you're reading this summer and if you think this sounds like a book you'd like to add to your to-read list.