Thursday, June 9, 2011

{Litfuse Blog Tour} A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf

JW A Reluctant Queen Giveaway
Book Description:  An inspiring re-imagining of the tale of Esther, a young Jewish woman thrust from a life of obscurity into a life of power, wealth, intrigue . . . and tender love.
See the story of Esther in an entirely new way-with all the political intrigue and tension you remember, but told as a passionate and tender love story between a young man and woman. Misunderstood by many, King Xerxes was a powerful but lonely man. Esther's beauty caught the eye of the young king, but it was her spirit that captured his heart.
Imagine anew the story of Esther, one of our faith's great heroines, destined to play a key role in the history of Christianity.  

My Review:  Joan Wolf has written a fictional work of art about the life of Esther.  The story begins with Esther and Mordecai talking together over breakfast.  Mordecai tells Esther of the party he had attended the prior evening at the King's palace.  It all sounds very interesting to Esther because "unfortunately, the Jewish girls who made up Esther's circle would probably never have an opportunity to see this paragon for themselves...."
Mordecai seems more like a father to Esther than her uncle.  He cares for her, takes care of her and wants her to succeed in life.
And then when trouble arises in the court of the king Mordecai calls for a meeting in the community the elders all agree that someone must be sent to be an emissary to the king for the Jews.  They all decided that Esther must be the one since her father was an Achaemenid and her mother was a Jew.  The Persians count the lineage through the father's lineage, Mordecai tells Esther not through the mother's lineage as the Jews do.  Esther feels unworthy but Mordecai tells her that her beauty and her lineage are the two things that are most important for her to go into the King's court.
The story of Esther is wonderful! Joan Wolf writes a realistic and biblical account of this sad but encouraging time in Jewish history.
I like this sentence from the Author's Note page, to me it sums up the story of A Reluctant Queen, "the Cinderella Story of a little Jewish girl becoming the Queen of the Great King of Persia."
A wonderfully written, 5 star read for those who enjoy biblical fiction!
*This book was provided for review by Litfuse Publicity*
About the Author:

Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.
Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York. A former English teacher, she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mercy College and Master in English and Comparative Literature at Hunter College. An avid rider and horse owner, Joan lives in Connecticut with her husband Joe and two grown children, Jay and Pam.
Buy book HERE!

To celebrate Joan Wolf’s debut Christian Fiction title, A Reluctant Queen, Joan and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away A Reluctant Queen prize package worth over $150!

One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen

* A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf (for KINDLE)
The contest ends on June 20th. Winner will be announced on June 21st during Joan’s A Reluctant Queen Book Club Party on Facebook (details below)! Hope to see you there – bring your friends!
Join the fun on June 21st!

Joan will be wrapping up the blog tour and Kindle giveaway promotion during her A Reluctant Queen FACEBOOK party on her FB author page. During the party she'll announce the winner of the Kindle, host a book chat discussion, test your trivia skills (Is Esther's story in A Reluctant Queen fact or fiction?), and more. Don't miss this chance to meet the author and make some new friends!

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