You've read it as a biblical tale of courage. Experience it anew as a heart-stirring love story. She was a simple girl faced with an impossible choice. He was a magnificent king with a lonely heart. Their love was the divine surprise that changed the course of history. The beloved story of Esther springs to fresh life in this inspired novel that vibrates with mystery, intrigue and romance.
©2011 Joan Wolf (P)2011 Oasis
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"Good story - very good narrator"
It's a lovestory. It's based on a story from the Bible, but I'd only heard a very short description of the source material previously. I think this book can stand on it's own as a semi-historical lovestory.
I liked the main female character more than the main male character. I actually liked the bad guy more than the main male character for almost half the book.
You do have to keep in mind that the main female character is deeply religious. She constantly worries about how her new life conflicts with her religious beliefs. It can get a bit irritating, but her religion is a big part of the plot.
You also need to remember that this is a historical novel. Women were not seen as equals. Rich and powerful men were expected to have large harems. Don't expect modern views or gender equality.
I liked the book. I really liked the voice of the narrator,
I liked the story but the narrator made the characters sound like whiny 21st century teenagers. It was very distracting at times.
"The Worst Book I have ever had on audible"
The only thing I can think of is that this must be for 13 year old girls. The prattle that goes on in dialogue is mind numbing. "Oh my God I can't believe he did that". and on and on. I suffered through the first 10 minute and then thought, I couldn't stand it when my daughters were that age, I certainly don't want to relive it. And then there is the problem of the dreadful history. Do not do not download this. Dreadful
No she's dreadful.
"I wanted to like this book but it was boring"
I believe in the story and wanted to like the book. My wife and I listen to it on a trip to Mississippi but two thirds of the way through it she finally asked if we could listen to something else. I had felt the same way but didn't want to say anything. I can't place my finger on it but it was boring.
The culture of the times
"Beautiful Historical Romance!"
I rarely write reviews on books because they are not exceptional. In my opinion, this book was exceptional.
As with any book, there are slow parts but overall it is a great read. The narrator is very good.
It really brings to life the biblical character of Esther. It is not entirely historically accurate but that is why it is fiction.
I've been listening for a few years and only one other book has made me cry.
The Reluctant Queen gets my vote for historical romance without being overly sappy.
"Enjoyable, but not historically accurate"
Yes. I enjoyed it, but the disclaimers presented at the end of the book should have been offered at the beginning.
I think she did fine.
Was imagining it the entire time.
I enjoyed the story but perhaps due to limitations with historical figures and time period character and relationship building were a bit lacking. Totally able to listen and enjoy it though. I guess I compare it to other historical characterization I have read by this author which engaged me far more - Born of the Son and The Edge of Light ...please can we get an audio of those book?
The one thing I found incredibly annoying and broke my flow with the story every time was the musical interlude at the start of each chapter. Ugh... Enough! Beginning and ending of book is fine but not at start of every flippin chapter!!!!
"Love Designed by God for a Great Queen & Her King"
The story was very good, biblical based and did not drag. It really kept my interest throughout the whole book! I had never read a bible story as a romance novel before. The Reluctant Queen (A love Story for Esther) is a book I would recommend to all ages,
"great book, lousy reader"
The reader grates on the ear by mispronouncing words and having poor changes of voice for characters. Sometimes she switches voices in mid character. She makes the strong heroine sound like a pathetic sort with her voice. I never realized how much a reader could ruin enjoyment of an otherwise great story.
"Wonderfully imaginative expansion of Esther"
I truly enjoyed the literary liberty Wolf took in writing this book. As the author points out in the author's note at the end, expanding on a biblical story is difficult. I completely enjoyed the evolving love story and beautiful setting these characters are cast into. Truly made my heart sing.
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