The story of Esther has often been told from her perspective, but Lynn Austin undertook to offer a view through the eyes of Ezra and the other exiles who lived outside the Persian palace. This historical fiction is based on the Old Testament accounts and fleshed out with fictional characters as well as fictional interactions with real people such as Ezra.
I thought the book was a bit long and wandering, but good overall. Some of the characters were more compelling than others. This is certainly a fine book to keep in your church library's fiction collection. It is Book 2 in the Restoration Chronicles series.
I received a free review copy of Keepers of the Covenant from Bethany House.