I loved this very readable story of one of my favorite Biblical heroines (and one of the first feminists, I always say). A definite don't miss if you liked The Red Tent and Queenmaker and Wisdom's Daughter
I picked this up at a recent library sale and am glad I did. Being familiar with the biblical tale of Esther this book looked like it would interest me. I was totally capitivated by Kohn's story of Esther - before she became queen and after the death of King Xerxes. The 'bare bones' story that I know (and love) about this woman has been fully fleshed out and Esther came alive to me as I read this.
As the cover says this story evokes "The Red Tent" and "Memoirs of a Geisha", I am sure anyone who's read those books would probably enjoy this book as well.
A beautiful grown-up complex version of Queen Esther, who saves the Jews from extinction at the hands of the wicked Haman.
Great Old Testament love story!
Excellent read. A very readable book about the life of concubines and the lifestyle of the Persian Kings. Storyline rather faithful to Biblical book, with some variations on relationship between Esther and Mordichia which I found interesting. Good book for group discussion.
I dutifully finished this book, but occasionally got bored. It does a good job of fleshing out a story that is minimally told in the Bible, adding historical and cutural context.
Rebecca Kohn paints a beautiful and believable picture of the biblical character Esther. In this book Esther come to life in a way that makes her relatable. The story is engaging and well worth the read.
I loved this book, you will too if you enjoy books with a strong female lead. Perfect size for a weekend getaway read.
Beautifully written story based on the biblical story of Esther.
This is a great book. A very interesting take on a Bible story I had heard my whole life.
A historical novel abour life for women in biblical times. It reminded me of "The Red Tent" and was a great read.
Good book, liked it better than "The Red Tent" which it is compared to.
This was a very well-written historical novel. It retells the Biblical story of Queen Esther. Young Hadassah is orphaned tragically and sent to the city of Susa in Babylon to live with her cousin Mordechai. Then at the age of 14, Hadassah is kidnapped from her cousin's home and sent to the harem of the Persian King Xerxes. Her cousin tells her to change her name to Esther to hide the fact that she is Jewish. As the story develops, Xerxes makes Esther his queen, and she is able to influence him to save the Jewish people living in Babylon.
I absolutely loved the descriptions of life in the harem. A wonderful read, and one that would be great to discuss in a book club.
This is one of those books you can't put down,based on historical information of Queen Esther. The author has created a great narrative about what her life could have been like. A jewish orphan taken from her homeland because she was a virgin and trained to become a concubine . Great story
This is a good book similar to "Red Tent". I'll be reading more books by this author.
This book will appeal to readers interested in historical and Biblical fiction. It is very well written and much of the historical data appears to be accurate. However, I personally do not like this book at all, because there are very serious inaccuraces. One glaring example is the portrayal of Mordechai as a highly assimilated "mover and shaker."
However, if you have enjoyed other mainstream books which portray Biblical women with details of their every day lives and tell their stories in an interesting, easy access manner, you will love this book.
A umptously evocative novel of the biblical heroine who sacrificed love to save her people from extinction and became queen of a mightly empire.
Interesting take on the Story of Esther-enjoyed it.
The story of the biblical Esther, written in the first person narrative style. An interesting book but also profoundly sad.