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?
Unabridged audio book
|Published||Covenant Communications (April 1, 2013)|
|Audiobook Narrator||Kimberly Mellon|
|Runtime||8 Hrs. 17 Min.|
Heather has an incredible talent for bringing life and depth to scripture stories!
This book is SO. SO. SO. GOOD!
You will LOVE Esther EVEN MORE!
We know Esther was a strong woman.
She had a love of her people.
She had a love for her King and husband.
She was a Jew...He was the most powerful man in all of the kingdom.
When the two meet he cannot think of anyone else.
Having already put one wife away Esther is afraid to tell him who she really is.
"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."
But when her people are threatened to be destroyed she risks her own life in pleading for their safety.
This book gives you greater understanding of what took place and how the events unfolded.
Heather brings in a personal feeling of what Esther might have done on a daily basis.
LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT.
I have been looking forward to reading Esther the Queen ever since I knew author H.B. (Heather) Moore would be writing the fictional account of Esther from the Bible. Esther has always been one of my favorite stories from the Bible. I knew that the retelling of her story would be in good hands. I was not disappointed at all. Heather is famous for writing stories of the people from the Book of Mormon like Abinadi, Ammon and the Daughters of Jared and many more.She has also received awards for these novels. Her experience as a writer shows in the magnificent story she has told about Esther.
I so loved the way that Heather brought Esther to life. I always knew how brave Queen Esther had been in order to save her people. The story leading up to that pivotal point in her life has always been a guessing game. I enjoyed Heather's take on the type of person that Esther was. She is portrayed as being kind, unselfish, and very accepting of all people. As a reader you can't help but love Esther. King Xerxes (Asahuerus) was also written to my liking. I feel he was a good man in the long run, despite being a Persian King with concubines and a harem. I could see how Esther fell in love with him so quickly. Bad guy Haman deserves the scorn he has received. He truly was a wicked man to call for the destruction of a group of people. Esther's cousin Mordachai was also written very well. This humble man listened to God and followed promptings from the spirit.
Esther the Queen will enchant you from the first pages. You will be drawn into the splendor of the royal court, and the humble circumstances that the Jewish people lived in. This well researched book will open your eyes to the great sacrifice that Esther made for her Jewish people. I hope that Heather is planning on writing about more heroes from the Bible. Any book written by this author, will for sure make a very satisfying read.
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.