Omg, this novel captured me from page one!
Biblical fiction is not a genre I tend to read and this is the first book I’ve read by Jill Eileen Smith. But it definitely won’t be last!
Esther is one of my favorite stories of the Bible, so that’s why it caught my eye. But I was also afraid it wouldn’t do it justice. Kinda like when a book gets turned into a movie and your weary of any changes that may pop up. Well, it turns out I had nothing to worry about! Jill’s description and ability to capture emotions, is impeccable. I seriously didn’t want to put it down! I’ve read many great books this year, but this one caught me by surprise and is probably my favorite one thus far. 5 stars all the way!!!
In an effort to complete a war his father had planned to win, King Xerxes calls every governor, satrap, and official in his vast kingdom to his palace in Susa to strategize and feast. When they finally leave, he decides on one more week of frivolity, which ends in the banishment of his favorite wife, something he never intended to do. But when he discovers Esther, Xerxes is sure he has a second chance at happiness.
In her wildest dreams, Esther could never have imagined that she would end up as queen of Persia. Yet she knows better than to become complacent. Another of Xerxes’s wives is vying for position, and his closest advisor has a deep and dangerous grudge against Esther’s adoptive father. Caught in the middle of palace politics, Esther will find herself in an impossible position: risk her life or consign her people to annihilation.
With her impeccable research and her imaginative flair, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the romantic, suspenseful, and beloved story of Esther, queen of Persia.