Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Esther: Royal Beauty - Book Review and Giveaway

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Book Synopsis:

When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown.

But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews--young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.

My Review:

Those familiar with the Bible likely know the scriptures that tell of Esther, although I must admit I had to go back to the Old Testament to recall the biblical account.  Although the book does well with weaving in the actual Bible story, Esther: Royal Beauty isn't a factual account and shouldn't be taken as such. But what the book does is weave scriptural report into a story of what Esther's life might have been like.

Esther (also known as Hadassah) starts out as an ordinary girl dreaming of riches and beauty.  She lives with her cousins who try to teach her humbleness and meekness, but that doesn't stop her of wanting bigger and better things.  She refuses to believe that the king is abusive and sometimes even wonders what it would be like to live within the royal palace.  When Esther is but a teenager and already set to marry someone else, she is captured by slave traders and is primped to become a woman.  Other girls are also captured and the same primping is done to them.  Esther catches the eye of the king and becomes the one he chooses as Queen.  It is some time after that the king sends out a death warrant for all Jews, not knowing that Esther and her cousin, Mordecai, are just that.  Esther draws up courage and approaches the king while facing possible death to save her people.

Esther: Royal Beauty is told from two points of view - Hadassah's (also known as Esther) and Harbonah, a eunuch.  Because the names are so close in visualization, I sometimes had to pause to make my mind click with who exactly was narrating.  Harbonah, the eunuch, has worked for King Xeres for some time and his point-of-view tells of what life was like inside the palace and what reasoning was behind some of the king's actions and behaviors.

Author Angela Hunt does a fantastic job of engaging the reader.  She writes the story in a way that allows your mind to be transported to the events and easily comprehend what's happening. 

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18 comments:

VickeC said...

no I would not,,too much drama involved,us peasants have our own drama ,but with money and prestiage it would think it would be so much wors

Heather! said...

No way, not ever, forget it, NO!! I like wearing sweatpants and slightly stained t-shirts and being able to make my mistakes relatively anonymously. Seriously...it might look like fun, but I think the pressure would demand a LOT of work!

Connie said...

No, I have no desire to be royalty. No privacy and too many expectations to try to live up to!
Connie

megan tilley said...

If you asked me this five years ago I would say I would love to be royalty. But now no, I like just being an ordinary person and raise my child with out the public critiquing me.

Anita Yancey said...

I would not like to be a person of royalty. I wouldn't like the duties or the guards.

Renee said...

Nope! I enjoy my privacy and anonymity too much for that kind of life.

Sue Hull said...

No. I would'nt want people taking pictures of me and my family. Thank u foe chance :-

bison61 said...

nope I'm a very private person

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kathy dalton said...

No I would not like to be of royalty

Kathy Davis said...

Never thought about being royalty. I do already feel pretty royal being a grandmother.
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Robin Abrams said...

No I would not they do not have freedom to go and do what they want with out all eyes on every move they make

Leela said...

No, I would never want to be royalty.

Audra said...

I would love the jewels but not the stress!

Michelle Faile said...

I would not want to be royalty. Too much repsonsiblity and scrutnity.

Melissa B. said...

I would like to be royal. I does as much good for my people as possible.

Nancy said...

I do not think I would care to be royalty. It would be difficult to always be "on stage"!

Nancy
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Donna said...

No. Even though there would be a lot of perks and it would be fun it would be way to stressful and I don't think I could handle it.

lilyk said...

I wouldn't want to be a person of royalty.