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Young Esther never thought her life would turn out like this. All she everwanted was a quiet life in her Jewish community.and a loving husbandand children someday. Then, one frightening day, she's stolen off the streets bythe Persian king's guards and forced into the competition to be Xerxes' nextqueen.
Catapulted against her will into life inside the harem, Esther's simpleworld becomes complicated. There's her chief rival, Isis, who is out forblood.and the king's mercurial temperament. Then a dastardly plan gainsmomentum that will make all evil pale in comparison. And Esther is the onlyone who may have the power to stop the bloodshed..
Number of Pages: 164
Vendor: Oaktara Publishers
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Mac Wordster5 Stars Out Of 5April 25, 2009Mac WordsterRebecca Velez has deftly brought Queen Esther into our modern hearts. The author has sorted through the large cast of characters and given them flesh, bones, and personalities. Velez's research skills are evident as she enriches the beautiful story of Esther with well-placed tidbits of that lifestyle unknown to many of us in the twenty-first century. She heightens our interest by blending familiar speech patterns and occasional contemporary catch phrases into ancient Persian conversations -how very clever and conducive to reader interest. If only Esther's story had been presented this well in Sunday school, we all might have paid better attention! This is a great weekend read.
Lionel AlfordWichita, KSAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5October 13, 2008Lionel AlfordWichita, KSAge: 45-54Gender: maleWonderful and well written, Ms. Velez tackles a difficult and little described period and story in history with tact and quickly paced excitement. Queen Esther and all the myriad characters of King Xerxes court come alive. The intrigues of Xerxes court play an enormous role in becoming the provision for Esther's elevation as Queen and the politics that result in first the Jew's persecution and final redemption. All these themes are woven into a tapestry as interesting as the rugs Artystone (a minor character) makes in the great Persian capital of Susa. Generally described from a woman's viewpoint, the novel will be interesting to everyone.
Alison PickrellStatesville, NCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5October 13, 2008Alison PickrellStatesville, NCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleMany other authors have tried to tell the story of Esther who became queen of Persia. Rebecca Velez has succeeded in bringing this story with its rich cast of characters to life. She tells the story as it is written in the Bible and embellishes it with subplots and characters from her own fertile imagination. From Esther's best friend, through whom we learn of life in Esther's hometown and family, to Isis, Esther's rival and arch foe in the harem of women who wait upon Xerxes the king. Xerxes himself is portrayed as he really was, a cruel and selfish monarch who fell in love with a Jewish maiden and thereby saved the lives of all the Jewish people in his kingdom. Rebecca Velez has obviously researched the way of life both in ancient Persia and of the Jewish people of that day. A rich and rewarding retelling of the Book of Esther. Highly recommended.
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Submitted: December 18, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. Right now I'm a "career mom" who likes to write. Eventually I'd like to be a career author who enjoys traveling and spending time with the grandchildren.
What was your motivation behind this project? I was reading through the book of Esther and started wondering what kind of personality she had. If she were an introvert like me, approaching the king would have been excruciating.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I want readers to experience the danger of the world Esther lived in and appreciate her bravery in averting a pogrom. I want them to know God can use anyone who's willing.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I learned to never give up hope. It took about ten years to write this book and become published, but God worked things out in His own perfect time.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I like historical fiction by Brock and Bodie Thoene and Lauraine Snelling. I also enjoy C.S. Lewis and Jan Karon. Sharon McAnear is one of my favorite new authors.