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4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  111 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A novel about Esther of the Old Testament, maiden, friend, wife, counselor, and queen.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published 1973 by Corgi (first published 1950)
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Apr 10, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Norah Lofts is one of my favorite authors and this little gem that I've wanted to read for a long time and is now available digitally on Kindle Unlimited didn't disappoint. If it had been 200 pages longer I might have given it 5 stars, as it is it probably deserves 5 stars anyway, but I don't like to hand them out too freely and make the rating meaningless. (I really like to read a book at least twice before I give it 5 stars).

Esther is one of those Bible stories that leaves you with mixed feeli
Sep 22, 2015 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bible stories
Shelves: fiction
I love this story. One of my favorite Bible stories and Norah Lofts truly does it justice. although a shorter novel it is packed with detail and witty dialogue. I have a couple other books by Norah Lofts and I am looking forward to reading those.
Dec 25, 2011 Kara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-biblical
Does anyone else compare a good book with something good to eat?

For me, a book can have a taste to it. It can be sweet or sour, savory or bitter, as heavy as a seven course meal or insubstantial as cotton candy. This book was light with plenty of romance and exotically, (but safely), foreign, but I wouldn’t give it the same candy box and cocktail feeling I assign to a romance novel, and yet, despite the danger the characters are in, it isn’t the vitamin rich fruit, vegetables and protein balance
Catherine Douglas
Another great story by Norah Lofts

I love novels that bring history to life. Norah Lofts does this remarkably. I feel that I now know Esther as I never did before. Excellent story!
May 12, 2013 Meryl rated it really liked it
The story of Queen Esther written as a novel. I know the story from the Bible very well so it was good to read how things were in that land during that time, what clothes and food were available and how parties and households were run. Well written and completely enjoyable.
Sep 15, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
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A short, fictional narrative based on the story of Esther. It was a fast and engaging read with details of how it might have been for Esther and becoming the Queen. The Bible story will still be my favorite way to learn about her.
Apr 01, 2009 Jacy rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite bible story and they made it into a book : ) I liked it a lot
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Also published using the pseudonyms Juliet Astley and Peter Curtis

Norah Lofts, née Norah Robinson, (27 August 1904–10 September 1983) was a 20th century best-selling British author. She wrote over fifty books specialising in historical fiction, but she also wrote non-fiction and short stories. Many of her novels, including her Suffolk Trilogy, follow the history of a specific house and the residen
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