A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther written by Joan Wolf is a fictionalized version of the biblical account of Esther. Joan somewhat explains some of her reasonings for departing from the Biblical version in the Note From the Author in the back of the book, which brings light to why she varied the story so much. The book centers around the Jewish girl Esther who finds herself the Queen of Persia. It follows her as she learns Persian customs and falls in love with the king she barely knows. It adds stories, about a summer home and a military excursion to take back the “Royal Roads,” and ends with Esther saving her people from annihilation.
Regardless of the departure from the Biblical narrative, I really enjoyed this book. I found myself caught up in the charming characters and the growing love between Ahasuerus and Esther. I love how kind and loving Esther is to her servants and her struggles to remain faithful to her faith and ancestry. I highly recommend this book, especially to those who love historical fiction.
Disclaimer: I was given this book for free through booksneeze.com for my honest review.