Monday, December 29, 2014

A Fresh Look at Hadassah (Esther)

Esther: A “Dangerous Beauty” Novel by Angela Hunt

Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate this version of the story of Hadassah.  A beautiful Jewish orphan girl is raised by her uncle, a scribe in the court of the Persian king.  When the king seeks a beautiful young woman to be his new queen, Hadassah is among those rounded up--and must hide her Jewish identity for her own safety.

Hadassah becomes Esther, who wins the heart of the king and saves her Jewish people at the risk of her own life.  Angela Hunt fills in the Biblical account with her own imagination, informed by research into Persian culture and history.  This inspiring story is an encouraging reminder of God’s faithfulness to His people.

I received a free review copy of Esther: Royal Beauty from NetGalley.