The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther
Lost Loves Of The Bible book 1
by Ginger Garrett
-From the back cover-
Wrenched from a simple life for her beauty, Esther finds herself at the mercy of King Xerxes. Leaving behind her only relative, her cousin Mordecai, and her first true love, Cyrus, she is thrown headlong into the unrestrained extravagance of palace living. Quick of mind and strong in spirit, she refuses to suffer the fate of her harem sisters and boldly challenges Xerxes to to give of his heart before taking his pleasure, thus sealing her place beside him as queen. While conspiracy spins it's diabolical web, Esther's mind and spirit waver, and she is forced to confront the past in order to save her future – and that of an entire nation.
Chosen is the first book in the Lost Loves of the Bible series.
I had already read one of the other Lost Loves Of The Bible books so I rather knew what to expect from Ginger Garrett. I wasn't disappointed at all by Chosen. I do have to admit that Esther was a bit easier to root for than Jezebel was.
Not exactly your usual story of Esther. This Esther isn't quite so impossibly sweet and perfect. No, she sneaks out to spend time with the boy she hopes to marry, uses her feminine wiles, loves another even after she is married, and counts the dead enemies of the Jews. Chosen tells it more like it must have been, honestly, more like the Bible says. Things aren't sugarcoated, neither are they gratuitous.
One of the things I found fascinating was the the entire process of beautification that these girls had to go through. This wasn't just a year of bubble baths, scented candles, and getting their nails done. These girls had to work hard! It's no wonder it took an entire year!
This Book earned a 4 Bark rating.
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The book has some fascinating notes that inspired this history-lover to do some online research and reading about that era, Xerxes reign, and known family.
A book well worth reading, Chosen will leave you wanting to re-read the book of Esther with new eyes and maybe a little different perspective.
“G-d has left us no room for the awe of man” Mordecai pg. 181
Note: This book has some subject matter that isn't suitable for children. Esther IS part of a harem after all.
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Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (March 1, 2010)