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A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther | [Joan Wolf]

A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther

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.
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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.

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©2011 Joan Wolf (P)2011 Oasis

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    Amazon Customer Sweden 09-06-11
    Amazon Customer Sweden 09-06-11 Member Since 2009
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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,

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Leetonia, OH, United States 03-10-14
    Laura Leetonia, OH, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful Historical Romance!"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna Brown Aho Bridgewater, MA United States 06-05-12
    Deanna Brown Aho Bridgewater, MA United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2010

    disappointed

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    "Enjoyable, but not historically accurate"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. I enjoyed it, but the disclaimers presented at the end of the book should have been offered at the beginning.


    What aspect of Brooke Sanford’s performance would you have changed?

    I think she did fine.


    Could you see A Reluctant Queen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Was imagining it the entire time.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Susan B Gross Boston, MA, US 09-19-14
    Susan B Gross Boston, MA, US 09-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The Worst Book I have ever had on audible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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


    What could Joan Wolf have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better dialogue


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brooke Sanford’s performances?

    No she's dreadful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BRUCE L. MANSFIELD 09-09-14
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    "I wanted to like this book but it was boring"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The culture of the times


    What three words best describe Brooke Sanford’s performance?

    uninspiring.


    Did A Reluctant Queen inspire you to do anything?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paige Woodruff CT 07-27-14
    Paige Woodruff CT 07-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 02-17-14
    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2012

    former nuclear scientist

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    "historical romance fiction"

    The author re-imagines the Book of Ester as a love story. It is fun listening, even if the characters all feel sort of one-dimensional. It's not like the Bible is full of subtlety. (I've read a lot of the old testament. Jews good, others bad!) The author makes a credible stab at giving a human back story to the characters of the Bible, but she admits that it isn't faithful to the Bible's book, so don't listen to this instead of doing your theology homework.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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