Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Star of Persia by Jill Eileen Smith



In an effort to complete a war his father had planned to win, King Xerxes calls every governor, satrap, and official in his vast kingdom to his palace in Susa to strategize and feast. When they finally leave, he decides on one more week of frivolity, which ends in the banishment of his favorite wife, something he never intended to do. But when he discovers Esther, Xerxes is sure he has a second chance at happiness.

In her wildest dreams, Esther could never have imagined that she would end up as queen of Persia. Yet she knows better than to become complacent. Another of Xerxes's wives is vying for position, and his closest advisor has a deep and dangerous grudge against Esther's adoptive father. Caught in the middle of palace politics, Esther will find herself in an impossible position: risk her life or consign her people to annihilation.

With her impeccable research and her imaginative flair, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the romantic, suspenseful, and beloved story of Esther, queen of Persia.


Once again Smith has done a fabulous job with the story of Esther.
She has a way of making the characters come to life and enables us to imagine living during the time of Esther.
Her research into Biblical history is well done.
I love detailed descriptions and all the wonderful characters that came with it.
I consider Esther an amazing woman of her time and it's because of her courage and love for the Lord that she's one of my favorite people. A perfect example for us women today.
I believe that the Lord puts us in a certain place at a certain time. For reasons unknown to Esther that's exactly what God did with her. I believe He done it to bend the king's ear so to speak.
This was a good story. One that I was really looking forward and it didn't disappoint. This book y'all!
It will take you back in time and you won't want to come back to the present time. You'll want to be a part of Esther's family and King Xerxes court.
Smith can make you sit on the edge of your seat, hold your breath waiting to see what happens in the next scene.
She can also make you want to read Esther's story in the Bible because you'll want to know how and where Smith got her idea to write this book came from.
God's love ya'll is bigger than we can imagine and this story in my opinion will help you come to understand how God uses and chooses people. Some can be people that we could never imagine or why He chose to use that person. Esther's perfect example.
It's not just men that God uses. It can be anyone.
The only thing that I didn't like was jealousy that went on in the court.. It's also here in today's world too. Not a good thing to have and to that I say welcome to the world of politics. Such a nasty business.
It can lead to dangerous situations that can be averted but you know how people are .They only want those things for themselves and that's Satan at his best.
The cover of this book! Just amazing how it already pulls you into the story even before you open the book.
Too bad there is only 5 stars. I'd love to give this book more. More because Biblical fiction is becoming a true favorite genre.
I highly recommend! There's nothing like a Biblical fiction book that I truly love. This story is proof of fact and fiction woven together perfectly.
I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group/Revell through Netgalley.


Jill Eileen SmithJill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and The Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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