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A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther (Biblical Fiction)

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You've read it as a biblical tale of courage. Experience it anew as a heart-stirring love story. She was a simple girl faced with an impossible choice. He was a magnificent king with a lonely heart. Their love was the divine surprise that changed the course of history. The beloved story of Esther springs to fresh life in this inspired novel that vibrates with mystery, intr ...more
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Published June 14th 2011 by Oasis Audio (first published May 4th 2011)
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Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have to say that growing up, the story of the biblical Esther was one of my favorite parts of the bible. Over the years, I have read various re-tellings and adaptations written by multiple authors about Esther. Each bent on providing their own insights into why this story is deeply important in Judeo-Christian tradition. A Reluctant Queen is an interesting departure because Joan Wolf is more focused on telling the "Cinderella" love story of the young Jewish girl that captures the eye and ...more
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Esther is one of the most compelling, inspiring stories in the Old Testament. The tale of a young, ordinary Jewish girl who rises to become a Queen, and subsequently the savior of her people, is rich with dramatic – and romantic, if you’re a die-hard romantic like myself – possibilities. In A Reluctant Queen, author Joan Wolf attempts to bring a fresh take to the idea of a love story between Esther and her king. Wolf introduces Esther while she’s still living with Mordecai, and foll ...more
Rebecca Huston
A creampuff of a novel that tries to take a Jewish story and make it somewhat Christian. The writing is leaden and slow, the author mangles most of the story (Esther's real name is never given, she eats pork (!!!), the real reason that Haman wants to kill all the Jews, the king rewarding Mordecai, blah, blah, blah, blah). A real snoozer and not worth the time and effort to find or read. Not recommended, and just barely three stars.

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May 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
"You've read it as a Biblical tale of courage. Experience it anew as a heart-stirring love story.

The beloved story of Esther springs to fresh life in this inspired novel that vibrates with mystery, intrigue and romance."

The book of Esther is unique. God places a young minority woman in a place to do His work, yet He isn't mentioned once. There's a marriage to a king, a threat of death, and a definite villain. This novel has all those elements. So, what's the problem?

There isn't one problem with
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
3.5 stars. I'm kind of a sucker for Esther stories! It's one of my favorite Bible stories. Love and and a powerhouse queen-what's not to like?!

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Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

I admit it, I approached this review with a great deal of trepidation. Even though I finished this book a couple weeks ago, I needed time to mull over the story and figure out how I felt. I really enjoy biblical fiction, but I think it is one of most difficult genres to write because these are well-known stories that are written on our hearts. Any digression from the biblical narrative will attract a spotlight and possibly a negative c
Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside)
I absolutely loved this book.

First, I should point out that although I love Biblical fiction, I'm an atheist. I consider the Bible to be exactly as open to artistic interpretation as any other ancient literary source, such as Egyptian tomb paintings, the Historia Augusta, or the Iliad and the Odyssey. I don't feel that it's wrong or bad to deviate from the specifics of the Biblical inspiration in pursuit of a well-constructed, entertaining story.

A Reluctant Queen certainly succeeds as a well-con
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raised a Roman Catholic, I have read many parts of the Bible, enrolled in a Bible School, and endured Christian Living classes. Esther, along with the other courageous women in the Bible, has a special place in my heart as a heroine who loves her people and sticks up to her faith in God.

So, when I discovered A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther through Booksneeze, I was thrilled! Not often do I come across fiction books with biblical characters. I must point out, though, that this treasur
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wallis Simpson. Guinevere. Diana. Kate Middleton. For some reason, royal romance is particularly enthralling to many of us. Though I must admit that I didn’t watch the most recent royal wedding, I have enjoyed playing princess in my imagination a time or two. One of my favorite royal stories brings to mind this verse . . .

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord. He turns it wherever He wishes.” ~Proverbs 21:1~

These words remind me of Esther, a Jewish girl whose beauty
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Book of Esther is one of my favorite Bible stories from childhood because I had been enamored by a lovely illustrated version (at least, that’s what I remember, although I do not recall the title). Among all the patriarchs and strong male figures of the Bible, it is great to see the few women like Esther as role models of strength and bravery. While her story focuses more on finding the courage to express her faith, I have always viewed the Book of Esther as a beautiful love story.

A Reluctan
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Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.

Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York. A former English teacher
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