The Reluctant Queen

The Reluctant Queen : The Story of Esther

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I'm called Esther-a Persian name, and yet I'm a Hebrew. Had I been able to do so, one of the questions I would have asked my mother and father when I grew older was, "Why did you give me this name?" But now, of course, I know why.

The story of the orphaned Jewish girl who saves the Jewish nation from extinction is the stuff of fantasy and legend.

Did such a person exist?

Could an anonymous girl have been selected to be wife of the ancient Persian king of kings?

"Esther, soldiers will soon be combing the cities and countryside to look for the most beautiful young virgins. They will take hundreds of young girls for the king's harem. Then the king's eunuchs and servants will spend many months preparing the women for their night with him." His words came faster and faster, wanting to get through this."

The author of the award-winning I, Claudia and My Name is Saul ancient novels returns with the story of Esther. Wilder's skills at blending historical fact with vividly imagined, well-founded characters have become her trademark. The Reluctant Queen is guaranteed to captivate both her loyal fans and eager newcomers, right down to its last riveting page.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 18mm | 390g
  • English
  • 0578991233
  • 9780578991238

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Lin Wilder is one of the few authors who have found a way to recreate a popular historical figure without changing their story or eliminating historical accuracy. Esther's emotional yet powerful story will bring readers closer to one of the most important figures in Judaism and Christianity....

For those who love historical fiction, The Reluctant Queen by Lin Wilder will prove to be a poignant read with lots of twists and turns. This book is a complete package with adventures, emotional and psychological depth, and prose that is as descriptive as it is fascinating, capturing the culture of a historical moment with unwonted elegance- The Book Commentary

The Story of Esther is a historical novel based upon the biblical story of Esther, a Jewish girl who became the wife of a king, and risked her life to save her people from massacre. Award-winning author Lin Wilder brings history to unforgettably vivid life, from the perspective of an intelligent, courageous, and compassionate woman. The Reluctant Queen is highly recommended for both personal and public library Historical Fiction collections.-November 2021 Midwest Book Review

...The story is told mostly in the first person, from Esther's point of view, giving the plot development a very personal touch. Lin's novel is a brilliant mixture of reality, fiction, descriptive narrative, believable dialogue - all with a sound knowledge of ancient Persian history. Add a little romance, conflict, battles, and discord, and this story has all the makings of an ancient scroll. Powerful!

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