A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf

To celebrate Joan Wolf’s debut Christian Fiction title, A Reluctant Queen, Joan and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away A Reluctant Queen prize package worth over $150!

One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen

* A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf (for KINDLE)

To enter, just click one of the icons below. But, hurry, the contest ends on June 20th. Winner will be announced on June 21st during Joan’s A Reluctant Queen Book Club Party on Facebook (details below)! Hope to see you there – bring your friends!

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Join the fun on June 21st! 

Joan will be wrapping up the blog tour and Kindle giveaway promotion during her A Reluctant Queen FACEBOOK party on her FB author page. During the party she'll announce the winner of the Kindle, host a book chat discussion, test your trivia skills (Is Esther's story in A Reluctant Queen fact or fiction?), and more. Don't miss this chance to meet the author and make some new friends!

About the book: A Reluctant Queen

An inspiring re-imagining of the tale of Esther, a young Jewish woman thrust from a life of obscurity into a life of power, wealth, intrigue . . . and tender love.

See the story of Esther in an entirely new way-with all the political intrigue and tension you remember, but told as a passionate and tender love story between a young man and woman. Misunderstood by many, King Xerxes was a powerful but lonely man. Esther's beauty caught the eye of the young king, but it was her spirit that captured his heart.

Imagine anew the story of Esther, one of our faith's great heroines, destined to play a key role in the history of Christianity. More here.

About Joan: Joan Wolf was born in New York City but has lived most of her adult life with her husband in Connecticut, where she raised two children and countless numbers of assorted animals. Joan is the author of numerous historical novels including The Road to Avalon which Publishers Weekly lauded as “historical fiction at its finest.”
For more about Joan and her other books, please visit www.joanwolf.com.

My Review:

I have always loved the book of Esther in the Bible. The account of God saving his chosen people, the Jews, from destruction.

In A Reluctant Queen - The Love story of Esther, Joan Wolf tells the story of Esther from a different angle.

From the back cover:

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.

The book does not follow the Biblical account.  There are lots of details left out. This novel is full of "what ifs". Since the Bible does not tell us everything about Esther or her life, we are left to wonder "what if". A Reluctant Queen answers the question of what if, with a very believable storyline.

I truly did not want to put this book down while I was reading it. The story starts at Mordecai's home, where we discover how close niece and uncle are. With Esther's great home life with Mordecai, you understand how much she really didn't want to go to the castle.

We see love blossom between Esther and Ahasuerus. How much Esther grew to love him. Even though they loved each other, protocol dictated that anyone, including the Queen, who went before the King unbidden would die. The courage of Esther is unequaled. Would you have the courage to go before the King, knowing full well that it might cost you your life, if it saved the lives of others?  Would I?

A Reluctant Queen has it all: a love story, a villain, and a hero. It's a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group. I received no other compensation. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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