I was extremely excited when I had the opportunity to read A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther by Joan Wolf. Ever since first hearing her story as a young girl, I was impressed with her bravery and her fighting to save her people. This book lays out the story that most people know, but it does add some different aspects. Esther, although a Jew, becomes married to King Ahasuerus. When Haman, one of the Kings advisors, puts the life of the Jews in danger, Queen Esther goes against tradition and meets the King to save the other Jewish people.
I really loved this book, and I could not put it down throughout the reading. I liked the character of Esther and also her uncle Mordecai who raised her as his own daughter after the death of her parents. I liked learning about the time and seeing the difference between the people with a Jewish background and those from the Persian heritage. I will be recommending this book to others, as I really enjoyed the story and learning more about Esther.
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