Esther: Royal Beauty, Dangerous Beauty Series #1   -     By: Angela Hunt
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Esther: Royal Beauty, Dangerous Beauty Series #1

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When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews--young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 364
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764216953
ISBN-13: 9780764216954
Series: Dangerous Beauty

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When an ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews, an inexperienced young queen must take a stand for her people.


When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews--young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.

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The author of more than 100 published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tale of Three Trees, The Note, and The Nativity Story. Angela's novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Christian Book Award, and the Holt Medallion. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at www.angelahuntbooks.com.

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  1. Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful biblical
    January 3, 2016
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This has been one of my favorite biblical fiction books that I have ever read. This flowed nicely and I could keep up with all the characters. This is about Esther and how she ends up being the Queen of Persia even though she is Jewish. She keeps this a secret but has to come clean when there is a chance that many Jews will die. I couldn't put this down. I received this book from book fun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
  2. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Historical Read!!!!!!
    December 17, 2015
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Esther by Angela Hunt gives a very descriptive retelling of the story of Queen Esther from the Bible. As always her story is well researched and presented in a way to keep her readers captivated. I always look forward to reading this author's works.

    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  3. NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I really liked this look into the life Queen Esther..
    June 2, 2015
    Deanna
    NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Hadassah, a ward of her Cousin Mordecai, was living in Susa when Xerxes, the King of Persia issued a call for all the most beautiful, young & pure women in the Kingdom to be brought to him at the Palace. He has exiled the Queen for refusing his order and he is looking for a new Queen. Hadassah is captured and forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler on the day she flees Susa with her fiance. Fearing for her life she changes her name to Esther and can not reveal that she is Jewish. This was a story from Esther's point of view and the King's Eunuch, Harbonah. I was taken right inside the King's Palace, the court, the harem, the King's chamber and the daily life that Esther was living from two point of views. History was given a twist for a wonderful Historical fiction accounting of Queen Esther. I thought it was well-researched and very well-written. I liked that the story remained historically and Biblically accurate. If you like Christian Historical fiction.. You will like this one I know I did!

    I was gifted a copy by The BookClub Network (bookfun.org) to review and give my honest opinion.
  4. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Eye-Opening Read About Esther!
    May 2, 2015
    Lala
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is my second novel I have read about the Biblical story of Esther and this one was fascinating.

    I admit that I had an unrealistic view of Esther and placed her on a pedestal of being perfect prior reading. However Angela Hunt changed that idea and brought Esthers life alive in a new way for me.

    For the first 100 pages I was not into it and upset that this Esther was not how I viewed the Biblical Esther in my mind. As the book progressed though I saw that this indeed could have been how the real Esther was. Reading in first person really brought this to life. I loved being with her in this spiritual journey and growth into a woman.

    I will also mention that I have always admired Esthers courage, but now I admire her in a completely new way. I have a lot better understanding of daily life in the harem and how it could have been to be a wife to a king. The rich detail and emotionalism really helped this idea take shape in my mind.

    Overall, I enjoyed this novel as it stuck to Biblical and historical fact. It was eye-opening to how nitty-gritty things could have been and how amazing it was that Esther let God use her the way He did.

    I give this novel 3.5/4 out of 5 stars.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Balanced Fictional Account
    April 20, 2015
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Esther by Angela Hunt gives us the viewpoint of the story of Esther from Esther herself, and also from the eunuch Harbonah. I appreciated how Ms. Hunt gave me another angle to look at for the character of Esther and what may have been going on in the harem not to mention more of the Persian culture and their laws. I have seen a couple of movies where the king is either a madman or they focus much more on a romantic hero. I very much liked how he was shown in this book. He was a man who was deeply troubled by his defeat from the Greeks and trying to live up to his fathers reputation before him. He was a powerful man who was heavily influenced by others to help him make his decisions and especially with the silver tongued Haman, very unwise decrees were sent out. We saw the kings character through the eyes of Esther and his personal eunuch Harbonah. I also liked how she portrayed Esther, as at first a very starry eyed girl who was chosen to be the Queen by her much older husband whom she was very infatuated with. As she matures, this story has a timeline of several years, she realizes that she cannot change the king but listening to some wise counsel she comes to the conclusion that he was her husband and she was simply to love him.

    Staying very close to the Biblical story and using the writings of the Greek historian Herodotus, we have a very interesting story of Esther and how again the Bible fits into history. Answering questions such as what happened to Vashti and why was the kings son Artaxerxes so favorable to the Jews during Nehemiahs time years later. This is not a romantic tale, but a tale of a young woman who realizes there is more than this world can offer even with all its royal trappings, glamour, and even the fickle love of a powerful husband. Bravo. I look forward to how she tells the story of Bathsheba in the next Dangerous Beauty Novel. I received my copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
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