Jewel Of Persiaby Roseanna M. White
Kasia grew up in a poor Jewish home with more siblings than luxuries. But when a chance encounter forces her to the palace of Xerxes, she becomes a concubine to the richest man in the world. She alone, of all Xerxes' wives, loves the man beneath the crown. She alone, of all his wives, holds the
How can she love the king of kings without forsaking her Lord of lords?
Kasia grew up in a poor Jewish home with more siblings than luxuries. But when a chance encounter forces her to the palace of Xerxes, she becomes a concubine to the richest man in the world. She alone, of all Xerxes' wives, loves the man beneath the crown. She alone, of all his wives, holds the heart of the king of kings.
Traveling with Xerxes through Europe as he mounts a war against Greece, Kasia knows enemies surround her, but they re not the Spartans or Athenians. The threat lies with those close to the king who hate her people. She determines to put her trust in Jehovah even if it costs her her marriage.
Years of prayers are answered when Kasia's childhood friend arrives at the palace after the war, but even as she determines to see Esther crowned in place of the bloodthirsty former queen, she knows the true battle is far from over. How far will her enemies go to see her undone?
Combining the biblical account of Esther with Herodotus's Histories, Jewel of Persia is the story of a love that nearly destroys an empire . . . and the friendship that saves a nation.
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What a creative way to tell the story of Esther! I have read numerous stories about Esther, but this is the first that I felt really put it into perspective with the history and culture of the period, the first I really felt like I could imagine fully because of all the background given. By the time the Biblical account of Esther showed up in this book, I was already well-immersed in the characters, the time, the place. Wonderful, wonderful read! I loved that the author wove in tons of historical events, drawing on Herodotus, as well as the Bible. Every character was well-developed, the relationships were real and raw, and, while I knew what would end up happening at the end of the book, there was still plenty of plot suspense. Some of the most innovative historical fiction I've ever read! At the end of the book, all I could say was, "Wow!" Loved it!
What happens when an innocent Jewish girl is called to the court of Xerxes, the king of the Persian empire and swept away to his harem? Roseanna M. White deftly weaves an account based on the Biblical account of Esther with the pages of recorded ancient secular history to bring readers a story of great emotional and spiritual depth. Kasia, an exuberant young woman from the family of a poor carpenter, has no choice but to enter the royal courts of Persia and loses her heart to a man of passions, who loves his family as deeply as he hates his enemies. White makes you like the softer side of Xerxes, even as you are disappointed by his brutality. She brings to life an unlikely love story of this Jewish concubine, growing in her faith, and a pagan king-an attraction of opposites--in a tender, yet honest way. Esther may be a secondary character, but the story is also a triumph of friendship enduring through trials-and how God works behind the scenes to bring about His purposes to make her Xerxes' queen. White takes to heart the scripture that says we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. She pulls aside a veil for the reader to see the possible spiritual warfare for the heart of a king, his kingdom and the fate of God's own precious people at his hand. Having not before read Biblical fiction from this angle, I found Jewel of Persia intriguing and refreshing, a page turning read with enthralling characters. I look forward to seeing more from Roseanna M. White.