Esther the Queen

by Heather B. Moore

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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?

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PublishedCovenant Communications (April 1, 2013)
Pages288
Audiobook NarratorKimberly Mellon
Runtime8 Hrs. 17 Min.

About the Author

Heather B. Moore

HEATHER B. MOORE is the two-time Best of State and two-time Whitney Award winner for her historical fiction, the most recent being Esther the Queen. She is also the author of the nonfiction inspirational book Women of the Book of Mormon and the coauthor of Christ's Gifts to Women with Angela Eschler. Heather is a columnist for Meridian Magazine on LDS topics.

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(based upon 14 reviews)

You will LOVE Esther EVEN MORE!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Esther the Queen will enchant you from the first pages.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Moore brings Esther to life
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

A Woman who becomes a Queen but already was a Queen in her heart
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book was truly a page-turner. I could not or would not put it down until it was absolutely necessary; even after that I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. What Heather Moore can do with words to bring you in the world she is creating is next to amazing. Esther was one woman that chose to change the lives of all those who came in contact with her. She lived by showing love, kindness, integrity, honesty and sharing her heart with all those who came in her path. Her desire to serve those around her even if she was Queen --- showing the cook she cared about an herb garden, showing a solider that she cared about the weapon room and so so much more ---YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK to see how utterly amazing she truly was. Heather B. Moore will touch the hearts of many with this book. Queen Esther is a must read---read it today!!

Esther the Queen - a timeless love story
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I have enjoyed Heather Moore's past books and her newest one did not disappoint. The story of "Esther the Queen" is a story that resonates with many of us, including myself. It was interesting to see how Moore brought the characters to life. I found myself saying "Oh, that's how she's bringing in this part of the bible story" on several occasions.
Her ability to weave the tale and is exceptional. The love story between Ahasuerus and Esther is timeless. The backstory on Haman was set up well to really make me consider why someone would conceive such an idea as destroying all of the Jews. The inspiration and wisdom of Mordecai was touching. From her Jewish home with her cousin to the harem, palace, and temple, the story was beautifully told and it makes me appreciate Esther even more. If you like historical fiction, I think you will enjoy this book!

Highly recommend this book!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I loved this re-telling of Esther's story! I love the details that Heather Moore adds to make this more of a novel than a scripture story. I love the way this story sparks my imagination about how things would have been for Esther, first living among the Jews and then in the palace. How drastic the changes must have seemed to Esther. How much courage she had to even be able to have gone to the king's palace. Obviously, I knew how the story was basically was going to end, because I know the scripture story, but there was plenty of twists and turns to keep me from wanting to put this book down. I read it quickly, in an afternoon, because I was so excited to see just where Esther's story would take me. I highly recommend this book!

Timeless Love Story!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I have enjoyed Heather Moore's past books and her newest one did not disappoint. The story of "Esther the Queen" is a story that resonates with many of us, including myself. It was interesting to see how Moore brought the characters to life. I found myself saying "Oh, that's how she's bringing in this part of the bible story" on several occasions.
Her ability to weave the tale and is exceptional. The love story between Ahasuerus and Esther is timeless. The backstory on Haman was set up well to really make me consider why someone would conceive such an idea as destroying all of the Jews. The inspiration and wisdom of Mordecai was touching. From her Jewish home with her cousin to the harem, palace, and temple, the story was beautifully told and it makes me appreciate Esther even more. If you like historical fiction, I think you will enjoy this book!

Another great historical fiction novel from H.B. Moore
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I have been a fan of H.B. Moore's historical fiction for several years, so I jumped at the opportunity to review her latest novel, Esther the Queen.

Moore has a talent for bringing scriptural characters to life. I wasn't as familiar with Esther's story as I have been with the other scriptural figures Moore has written about, but I'm so glad that didn't deter me from reading this story.

Esther is portrayed as such a good, kind person. I was a little at odds with her decision to hide that she was Jewish (can you imagine your spouse not knowing what your religious beliefs are-especially when those beliefs are such a huge part of your day-to-day life?), but following the instruction from Mordecai ended up being a huge blessing for her people.

Reading Esther's story really made me appreciate the freedoms I have. I am so grateful I was able to choose my own husband, and that I don't have to share him. Moore touched on how Esther might have felt knowing her husband had concubines and many children from other women. I can't even imagine how that would feel, but I liked Moore's portrayal. Having King Xerxes seem committed to Esther after their marriage made for a sweet love story (even if it is unlikely that it happened that way).

When I finished reading Esther the Queen I immediately wanted to read the actual account in the Old Testament. I was really impressed at how closely Moore's story followed the Book of Esther. And any historical fiction that intrigues me enough to go to the source to learn more (especially when it's a scriptural source) is a great book!

*I received a copy of Esther the Queen in exchange for a review.

couldnt put it down!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I have read all of Heather Moore's books and I especially love the scripture fiction books she writes. This one was no exception!! I could not put the book down!! I loved how the book portrayed Esthers love and kindness for all people; her exact obedience to her God and Mordecai; Haman's hatred for the jews and his scheming plots; the relationship between Esther and the king. I loved getting to know Esther and the King better through this story and it makes me want to grab my scriptures and read the full account again. I know this is just a fiction book, but I love how Heather Moore's stories bring characters and events to life for me. I got this book on my kindle, but will definitely be buying the paperback to add to my bookshelf to read Esther again and again. Can't wait for the next scripture character book!!

Queen Esther - Devoted to her faith, her people and her King.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Esther the Queen is biblical fiction written with sensitivity and historical detail. I enjoy reading fiction where it’s obvious the author has taken time to research facts that build a realistic setting and add depth to the description.
Ms. Moore has a gift for creating characters that are believable and likeable, or downright despicable. I found myself caring for Esther and her people and wanting to know more of her story even when it ended. On the flipside, characters like Biniti, one of the king’s concubines, leave you wondering who put sour milk in her cereal.
This is a mixed tale of romance and political tension. Although it mentions concubines, harem life, and even a wedding night, these topics are handled briefly and tastefully. As for politics, the timing of events is explained at the beginning of the book, and events that occur as the story proceeds are clear and well defined.
I would recommend Esther the Queen to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or fiction in general.

Esther the Queen
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

First line:

“You will be the bride today,” Abigail said, tugging on Esther’s hand.

I read Esther the Queen in one weekend. Another good story from H.B. Moore, full of intrigue and romantic tension and, as always, historically accrurate. I enjoy learning history without knowing I am.
Esther is a good, strong character. Kind, gentle and strong in her faith. She inspired me to be better. That's good writing. I had no idea how long a woman had to be 'cleansed' before meeting the king. That's a long time to think and wonder if the king is still thinking about you. Even during this part of the story, Esther was kind to those around her and made many friends and allies.

King Xerxes is cute (at least in my head) and also kind. I liked watching him change into a better/moral person. And the drive to make his kingdom and people better also.

Haman is a fantastically written villain. Vile is a good word to use for him. I hated him throughout the whole book.
There were several intense places too: the plot to kill the king, Haman making the edict and Esther going to the king.
Then came the scene with Esther going before the king and then telling him the truth a few days later--very moving. I even got teary-eyed and that's hard to do with this reader.

Rating: PG

S:Kissing

V: No

L: No

Liked:

Ms. Moore's writing

Esther

King Xerxes

Disliked:

Nothing

H.B. Moore brings to life the Old Testament’s ten chapters of Esther with "Esther the Queen"
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Do you ever wonder what the lives are like of the people you pass on the street? Or see a carload of teenagers laughing and think about what brings them together—where they’re going? Maybe you get caught in a slow line at the grocery store and listen to a woman behind you talk on her phone while she discusses something totally personal? You hear about a little piece of her time, possibly make plans for an upcoming dinner or wedding, or even a funeral, and from that small peek into her life, you might try to guess what the rest of her days might be like.

To me, this is what it’s like reading H.B. Moore’s Esther the Queen. I know the story of Esther in the Old Testament. There are only ten, very short chapters. Not much in a life that had such an impact on the Jewish people in the Kingdom of Persia in 482 BC. But with Moore’s extensive research, impressive imagination, and disciplined writing, she brought Esther’s grace, beauty, faithfulness, and courage out from between the verses, and gave her deep, satisfying texture. With every carefully built description we saw Moore’s vision of what Esther looked like, and the kind, gentle way she treated the people around her. We were with her when she met her future husband, Ahasuerus, or King Xerxes as he was known. We shared in her mixed emotions when she agreed with her family to hide her Jewish religion until that time its disclosure was necessary. H.B. Moore skillfully gave Esther a voice that every reader with love as much as I did.

Moore's Masterpiece
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I have written very highly of Moore’s writing in the past, however Esther the Queen is truly her masterpiece. It is a mighty love story, a tale of unbounded faith, and a novel with great spiritual dimension. When Esther says,” If I perish, then I perish,” the words go through the reader with soul stirring admiration.
As we follow this young girl and all her insecurities through the heights and depths of her marriage to the King of Persia, we witness her personal growth and the evolution of her faith, to the point where she will risk death to be an instrument in the Lord’s hands. She embraces her destiny with the invincible courage that has grown in her as she has risen with only the Lord’s help to be a true queen.
Moore’s writing is clearly inspired, as she undertook the writing of his novel with a very near deadline. More than ever before, she has proved that she is a master scriptorian and author of powerful historical novels.

Loved!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Wow, this book was inspirational! I have always loved to story of Esther and what a powerful woman she was in her time. Heather takes you on a heart hammering journey in her depiction of this courageous heroin and her beliefs. I love the relationship between Esther and Xerxes and the development you see in their personalities from beginning to end. Haman is just evil and I got the shivers every time he popped up in the book.
I have read several of Heather's books and it is not surprising that they just keep getting better every time she writes them. If you want to get into the minds of some of your favorite people from the Book of Mormon, then pick up Abinadi, Ammon, or even The Daughters of Jared (to name a few). Esther I believe is her first Bible novel. I am looking forward to seeing what new and fun stories she has in mind!

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