Saturday, June 4, 2011

Litfuse Blog Tour - A Reluctant Queen

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

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


Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter

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!

The Review
My Ranking: 5 out of 10
Ages 18 & up

If this book was written with the intent to be accurate, it fell very short. I must say that I was quite surprised on more than one occasion at the lack of research put into this book. Still, I was able to push on and try to enjoy the story for what it was. 

By a third of the way through the story, I had made the decision to simply skim it, as I was uncomfortable with some of the things Wolf threw in, such as stating that Esther was forced to become nude to examine her "desireableness" and virginity in front of Hegai, the head eunuch. While I understand that this is historically accurate, at 16 stuff like this still makes me uncomfortable. I kept reading to see if that was the only thing, but there were a few other things added that I also found unnecessary and too much for me.

So, all that being said, I did continue and skim it and it seemed to be an interesting story that I think a lot of older people would enjoy! This book just wasn't for me but I do recommend it to older teens, perhaps, and adults who enjoy Biblical Romance. ;)


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