Monday, January 5, 2015

Esther: Royal Beauty


Title:  Esther:  Royal Beauty (A Dangerous Beauty Novel #1)
Author:  Angela Hunt
Pages:  352
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Bethany
I never get tired of reading fictional stories based on Biblical people, especially Esther.  If you haven’t read the short Old Testament book that bears her name, take time as it is an inspiring true story.  Angela Hunt gives readers a unique tale based on the real woman who lived in ancient times.  The story is told from the point of view of Hadassah, which is Esther’s Jewish name, and a eunuch who serves King Xerxes by the name of Harbonah.
Esther is the first of three books in this new series by Angela Hunt.  The two future novels will be about Bathsheba and Delilah.  While there are other women in the Bible that authors have written fictional tales around, these three women have a Hebrew word that makes them distinct; the word is “tob”.  Readers will learn what the word means in the introduction of the novel that helps set the stage for these three women’s tales.
I enjoyed curling up under a blanket to read Esther’s story from her point of view as it was an adventure watching her as she grows up from a young Jewish woman living with her cousin to becoming queen of a pagan nation.  Reading it from a eunuch’s point of view was fascinating as he lived with the king 24/7 and always had to anticipate what his master would want or need at any given moment.  Two people from two different cultures find themselves in the palace of a king whose emotions change almost as quickly as a light switch.
To travel back in time when life was precarious and every day was a fight to survive by having to find water or go to the market is something.  The descriptions in the story were more than just the scenery; they were more of what various characters were feeling which I enjoyed as it added depth to the tale.  I appreciate the help in understanding the two Hebrew words used to describe beauty that aren’t seen or understood in the English versions of the Bible.
I highly anticipate enjoying the other two planned novels in the series, Bathsheba and Delilah, when they are released!  Enjoy this new Biblical fictional tale written by Angela Hunt as it is worth reading!
My rating is 5 stars.

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