Esther (A Dangerous Beauty Novel Book #1): Royal Beauty

Esther (A Dangerous Beauty Novel Book #1): Royal Beauty

by Angela Hunt

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When an ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews, an inexperienced young queen must take a stand for her people.

When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews--young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.

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ISBN-13: 9781441269294
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/2014
Series: A Dangerous Beauty Novel , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 697
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

The author of more than 100 published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tale of Three Trees, The Note, and The Nativity Story. Angela's novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Christian Book Award, and the Holt Medallion. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at
The author of more than 100 published books and with more than 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at

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Esther: Royal Beauty 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
301 pages. This isn't a romanticized book. The characters seemed very real. I appreciate how the author showed how Esther was torn between the Persian cultural and her heritage. When Esther needed to stand for her people she remembers her faith. The author's historical detail of the harem,the palace,Persian law and punishment, and battles bring the story to life. I did not see any contradiction to the Bible in this book.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
This is my second novel I have read about the Biblical story of Esther and this one was fascinating. I admit that I had an unrealistic view of Esther and placed her on a pedestal of being perfect prior reading. However Angela Hunt changed that idea and brought Esther’s life alive in a new way for me. For the first 100 pages I was not into it and upset that this Esther was not how I viewed the Biblical Esther in my mind. As the book progressed though I saw that this indeed could have been how the real Esther was. Reading in first person really brought this to life. I loved being with her in this spiritual journey and growth into a woman. I will also mention that I have always admired Esther’s courage, but now I admire her in a completely new way. I have a lot better understanding of daily life in the harem and how it could have been to be a wife to a king. The rich detail and emotionalism really helped this idea take shape in my mind. Overall, I enjoyed this novel as it stuck to Biblical and historical fact. It was eye-opening to how nitty-gritty things could have been and how amazing it was that Esther let God use her the way He did. I give this novel 3.5/4 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Esther: Royal Beauty was, I think, a very well-done novel based on the life of Hadassah/Esther from the book of Esther from the Bible. Usually I don't really prefer books based on people from the Bible, because of the authors tendency to run away with things a bit. But I felt that Angela Elwell Hunt did a pretty good job staying accurate. In fact, after reading this book, I went to read the original account, and found that Angela Hunt had incorporated nearly everything! She says in a note at the end of the book that she also used scenarios from other historical accounts on King Xerxes, so almost all the things that happened in Esther: Royal Beauty are historically-accurate! I have to say... I was shocked at some of the scenarios. Such violence! *Shudders*! I was getting kind of annoyed and wondering if that really happened, or if it was just the author's attempt the embellish the Biblical story. But then I read the end notes, and yep, Angela Hunt explained those happenings were from some other historical accounts. So I was really impressed how closely she followed the true storyline. It took me a little while to get into the story. It was more told by "Hadassah" and "Harbonah" than actually lived out through characters' diologue, actions, and such. There was some of that. But basically a lot of narrating/telling a story kind of style. So that's not my preferred writing style to read, but it really worked with Esther: Royal Beauty. Helped keep it more accurate I think. Once I got farther into the book, I became more captivated by it, and it urged me to read Esther of the Bible! :) Once again, I appreciated the realness of it, the attempt to follow accurately. Some retellings of Esther are all romantic and lovely, telling this wild story of the king and Esther's wondrous love story. Well... come on... he was a pagan king, ruthless conqueror, with hundreds of concubines. Not to mention, he'd just put aside his first queen and was holding this elaborate "beauty contest" of sorts to find another woman that would please him. I'm not sure how beautiful their love story could have been; unless he turned to God. So anyway, I think Angela Hunt did a really good job portraying their relationship how it probably truly could have been. Vivid descriptions. Human nature displayed. Then God's Hand in the midst of frightening, uncertain times. I have a few complaints here and there, but overall it was a really in-depth, and poignant retelling of Esther. I received a free copy of Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Elwell Hunt from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 9 days ago
I loved this book. Very interesting and informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Angela Hunt is a new author to me, enjoy her books!
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This has been one of my favorite biblical fiction books that I have ever read. This flowed nicely and I could keep up with all the characters. This is about Esther and how she ends up being the Queen of Persia even though she is Jewish. She keeps this a secret but has to come clean when there is a chance that many Jews will die. I couldn't put this down. I received this book from book for a fair and honest opinion.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Esther by Angela Hunt gives a very descriptive retelling of the story of Queen Esther from the Bible. As always her story is well researched and presented in a way to keep her readers captivated. I always look forward to reading this author's works. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
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ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Esther by Angela Hunt gives us the viewpoint of the story of Esther from Esther herself, and also from the eunuch Harbonah. I appreciated how Ms. Hunt gave me another angle to look at for the character of Esther and what may have been going on in the harem not to mention more of the Persian culture and their laws. I have seen a couple of movies where the king is either a madman or they focus much more on a romantic hero. I very much liked how he was shown in this book. He was a man who was deeply troubled by his defeat from the Greeks and trying to live up to his father’s reputation before him. He was a powerful man who was heavily influenced by others to help him make his decisions and especially with the silver tongued Haman, very unwise decrees were sent out. We saw the king’s character through the eyes of Esther and his personal eunuch Harbonah. I also liked how she portrayed Esther, as at first a very starry eyed girl who was chosen to be the Queen by her much older husband whom she was very infatuated with. As she matures, this story has a timeline of several years, she realizes that she cannot change the king but listening to some wise counsel she comes to the conclusion that he was her husband and she was simply to love him. Staying very close to the Biblical story and using the writings of the Greek historian Herodotus, we have a very interesting story of Esther and how again the Bible fits into history. Answering questions such as what happened to Vashti and why was the king’s son Artaxerxes so favorable to the Jews during Nehemiah’s time years later. This is not a romantic tale, but a tale of a young woman who realizes there is more than this world can offer even with all its royal trappings, glamour, and even the fickle love of a powerful husband. Bravo. I look forward to how she tells the story of Bathsheba in the next Dangerous Beauty Novel. I received my copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
The book of Esther has been taught and written about in great depth. Esther Royal Beauty by Angela Hunt has done a fantastic job of taking the story into a new facet and presenting a side of it that is refreshing and dramatic. In the past, Esther has often been made into a shy, weakling of a child who was thrown into royalty but Ms. Hunt tells a different story and gives Esther not only a backbone, but elegance. The Jewish orphan raised by her cousin Mordecai, Esther dreams of great things just as many little girls do. She has a chance meeting with Queen Vashti and before she knows it, Esther is no longer dreaming of being in the palace, she’s a resident. But Queen Vashti is not the regal woman Esther initially thought her to be and Esther is given a reality check into the world of royalty where malicious crimes are committed by invisible hands. Esther also learns that love is much more than daydreams and physical touches. Love is a choice of the heart to defend, protect and think the best of another person. And in extreme cases, love requires laying down one’s life to save another’s. Although I’m already a huge fan of Angela Hunt’s writing, I must admit I was not especially excited about reading another book on Esther. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by this particular account of the book of Esther and give a five out of five stars all the way around. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
I have read several novels about Esther, but this one stands out as one of the best. This Biblical historical woman continues to fascinate readers today! It is a rag to riches story of a poor Jewish girl who is inadertently discovered by the king of Persia's palace officials, and through sincerity, cunning, and wisdom becomes his queen. The story is told through the point of view of Esther and the king's closest advisor, a trustworthy eunuch. Throughout her rise to power, Esther had to keep her Jewish roots secret, for the Jews were persecuted and disliked. This added a great deal of tension to the story as Esther was constantly at risk of being discovered.  The prose is as beautiful and lyrical as the exotic setting - an era of brutality and harsh circumstances. Nicely researched, well paced, and with plenty of twists and turns to keep one reading to the end, I loved this version of her story. I highly recommend it. Besides, how can you not pick up this book - the cover is absolutely stunning! This is one case where it's safe to judge the book by its cover.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Esther by Angela Hunt. It was incredible! I couldn’t put it down. The king was cruel, the times were hard, and God was there. It takes the Biblical story of Esther and brings it to life - showing me what life was truly like back then. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about an amazing girl and her incredible adventure. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
Esther, A Royal Beauty - Angela Hunt This is a novel i savored. I did not rush through this one in a mad need to find out the outcome, for most of us know the biblical story of Esther. Once again Angela managed to take a beloved story and tell it in a new and refreshing way. I loved how she told it in deep point of view, using Hadassah and an Eunuch in the King's rooms to round out the story. We do not know what is going on around them unless they see it, or hear about it. This is a unique way of learning about life in the land of Persia in ancient times. And though we only get to know the King through these two people, because of their association with him, we forget that we really do not have much to do with him. The same can be said of both Haman and Mordecia, yet all four of them are main characters in the story. By being privy to Esther's thoughts and feelings we see the world first through the eyes of a teenage girl who is really not that different from teenage girls any where any time. She does not stay there long, though as she is thrust into circumstances beyond her control. She has the strong foundations of a family who loved her, who appreciated her, and taught her well, so that later on, these things stand well for her. This book is the first in her set of three books Dangerous Beauty, and I look forward to sharing those with you as they come into print. Thank you to Cheri and Fred at The Book Club Network, Angela Hunt and BethanyHouse for the opportunity to read this novel. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Biblical fiction done well is one of my favorite genres to read. Angela Hunt is one of the best Biblical fiction writers that I have read. She adheres to the historic and Biblical accounts but manages to bring her own storytelling magic to the mix. The story of Queen Esther isn't new to most of us. In fact it is one of the first stories young girls learn to love in Sunday School. An ordinary girl is elevated to queen. What could be more worthy of daydreams? But behind that romantic notion lies a lot of heartache, deception and danger. In this retelling of this historical story we are allowed to glimpse more than just the fairy-tale ending. Angela Hunt uses the first person perspective of Hadasseh (Queen Esther) and a eunuch named Harbonah. As the chapters flip between the two characters we are allowed to draw deeper into the story and experience the events through the eyes of these two. My particular favorite about this book is the lead up to Hadasseh coming to the palace. Through accurate historic accounts Angela has woven a past for the girl that we come to know as Esther. Suddenly she becomes flesh instead of a mysterious person that just appears on the page. When you've finished the novel you really must treat yourself and read the author's note. It gave me such a deeper appreciation to all that went into this very engaging story. The author has also included a set of discussion questions that would be a great added bonus if you use this book in your local book club. I received an e-copy of this book to facilitate my review.
DBeason More than 1 year ago
Angela Hunt is one of those reliable authors that I look forward to reading. She’s sold millions of books and won awards, and you can see why when you pick up her books. In Esther: Royal Beauty, Angela tells the story of Esther in the Old Testament. The gist of the story of Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa and how she is taken to the palace of Xerxes (king of Persia) along with hundreds of other beautiful young women from every province in the kingdom. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king’s heart and a queen’s crown. She keeps her ethnicity a secret until she learns about a plan to kill all the Jews. The climax of the story is how she risks her life in order to save her people. It’s a story that many of us know fairly well, but in this book the story is told in first person by Esther and by Harbonah, a eunuch in the king’s palace. Angela takes us deeper and spends a lot of time on the time before she becomes queen and adds a lot of historical details, “putting flesh” on the characters. I saw some things differently than what I had thought earlier. For example, Angela writes of Hadassah’s struggle with valuing the Persian culture over the Jewish culture when she was growing up in the shadow of the palace. I hadn’t seen this before and it brings a new level to the story for me. I’ll confess that it took me a little while to get into the book, since I know the story and wanted to jump ahead. But once I allowed myself to enjoy the fictionalized backdrop of the story, I was hooked. If you want to visit Esther’s world through powerful storytelling and amazing characters, definitely treat yourself to Angela Hunt’s Esther. I received this free book from Baker Publishing House through LibraryThing in return for an unbiased review.
MizzEmily More than 1 year ago
Esther is the only woman who has a book of the Bible named after her. She was queen of Persia during the reign of Xerxes, and she was Jewish although her husband did not know it. Hadassah was her Jewish name, and her family was among the exiles from Israel who lived in the Persian kingdom. Basically, she won a beauty contest to become eligible for the king's harem. Esther is a hero to the Jewish people because she was instrumental in saving them from genocide ordered one of the king's advisors. Xerxes chose her as queen from among a number of women. As the king's favorite, she was perfectly positioned to influence him and stop the murder of Jewish people in the king's realm. As a woman, she took action in several situations in which she could have been killed just for being so presumptuous as to approach the king. The story is told in the first person, switching back and forth from Esther (Hadassah) to Harbonah, one of the king's eunuchs who worked with the king and the harem. It's a gripping tale when read in the Bible. It is absolutely fascinating when presented in fictional form with details of the characters' thoughts and dialog between them. There's the love story of Esther and Xerxes, palace intrigue, family loyalty---what more could you want in a story? Angela Hunt is a master of the historical fiction genre. She has a doctorate in Biblical Studies, and she is very conscientious about portraying historical events accurately. If you have not read her work before, this book is a good place to start. If you are a fan of hers and have not read it yet, don't waste any time. It appears that this is the first book in a series entitled A Dangerous Beauty. I can't wait to read the next one! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. 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.”
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Esther’s story, how about you? I did the Beth Moore study a few years ago and doing that gave me a much more in depth look into Esther and the events surrounding her. So when I picked up this book was captivated from the beginning. I so enjoyed meeting up with Esther again and getting one authors perspective on what she might have been like, what lead up to her being taken to the king in the first place? Not only are we in Esther’s POV (point of view) but we are also in one of the king’s eunuchs POV. We get an inside look into the happenings of the castle, the crazy decisions the king makes and how others reacted to them. Mostly, we have a reminder how God works all things for good, for the saving of many lives. If there was ever a Genesis 5020 story Esther is certainly one! If you like Biblical fiction you must add this one to your reading material. Even if you don’t like Biblical fiction but like reading the story of Esther you should give this one a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
Adonai has a calling and a purpose for each one of His children. Hadassah has been called to the royal palace, but in all of her greatest dreams and imaginings, she could never have guessed what His purpose was for her life. Hadassah (Esther) is a Jewish girl living in the royal city of Susa, in the great land of Persia, ruled by all powerful King Xerxes. Orphaned at a young age, her cousin Mordecai and his wife Miriam raise Hadassah as their own daughter. King Xerxes’ wife Vashti has defied him. His advisers suggest that she be dismissed as Queen, or the women of Persia will begin to treat their husbands the same way. The King becomes lonely however, and therefore sends out a nationwide search for a new wife. When everything has been arranged for Hadassah’s marriage to a local Jewish man, her world is turned upside down. Brought to the palace against her will, will she please the King and become his Queen? Or will she live out her life anonymously in the harem? Being a familiar Bible story to me, Esther: Royal Beauty was a relaxing book to read, because I knew how it would end. Angela Hunt did a wonderful job filling in the spaces of the story that have been left up to our imagination. I enjoyed learning a little bit more about King Xerxes as well. I read the book of Esther in the Bible after I finished this book and was pleasantly surprised to know that the author was very accurate with the interpretation. She even quoted word for word dialogue found in the New Living Translation. Very intriguing to anyone who enjoys bringing more life and depth to traditional Bible stories. I received a free copy of Esther: Royal Beauty from Bethany House Publishers and a free digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Sprinkle23 More than 1 year ago
The Biblical tale of Esther recounts the life of a Jewish maiden as she rises from obscurity to queen of Persia. Taken from her home by the edict for beautiful women to be gathered for the king to choose his new queen from, Esther finds favor with those around her while retaining the secret of her heritage. After Esther is crowned queen, a law is issued to exterminate all Jews. To save her people, Esther must risk her life by violating Persian law in order to convince the king to save her people. I almost passed over Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Hunt. Some time ago, I'd read another version of Esther's story and disliked the romanticism and idealism. However, the stunning cover stands as an example of how a cover can positively affect a book's appeal and convinced me to try it. Ultimately, I was glad that I choose to read Esther, the first in Angela Hunt's Dangerous Beauty series. I didn't get too much idealism and the plot was well-written. I liked the perspective changes between Esther (Hadassah) and the king's attendant as it added depth and, at times, suspense to the story line. The plot captured my interest early on and didn't drag – I finished the book in two days. The ending seemed a bit rushed. The author spent substantial time throughout the book adding in fictional, but appropriate, details that made for a good work of fiction. However, the finale recounted the Biblical ending without much fictional addition. This isn't necessarily bad, but it just felt different from the rest of the book. I still will reread the book in the future and recommend it to people who enjoy Biblical retellings. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. 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."
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
Angela Hunt has long been a favorite author of mine. When she writes, I cannot help but admire her commitment to biblical truth and her extensive research. This work of Christian fiction reads as truth. The story is told in two voices: Esther (Hadassah) and one of the king's eunuchs, Harbonah. Chapters alternate between the two, allowing a deeper perspective. I've loved the story of Esther since I first read it in the Bible. This novel opens up the tale with so many details. For instance, talk about beauty! Esther was so gorgeous that even when she was a young girl, people stopped to stare. I found myself impressed with the description of the Queen's carriage scene. However, she was not born into privilege; rather, she was born a Jew, outside the palace walls. This was a challenging time. I feel that a really good action film should be made from this book. I recommend this one! Thank you to Amy Green at Bethany House Publishers, A Division of Baker Publishing Group for my copy.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
Esther stories are one of my favorite, but this retelling was unlike anything I had read before. Esther is a young girl, living with her cousin Mordecai. But living in the shadow of the palace has her longing for the things she doesn't: fine clothes, wealth, beauty. I think this was an interesting portrayal of Esther, as we remember her as a brave, selfless person. But we often forget that she wasn't always that way. She starts out as a young, naive girl. She is more selfish and spoiled than we would think. But Esther goes through tremendous character growth in this story, and I think it was portrayed exceptionally well.  But the thing that made this so unique, was that is was in dual perspective, between Hadassah and…the King's Eunuch. I've never seen that before, but it made the story stand-out. Who better to get the perspective of what all is happening in the palace then someone who is always next to the King? I thought that was a great, surprising addition, and really added to the story. The events in the book of Esther didn't happen all one after the other. Sometimes years would pass between events, and this was the perfect way to see what was actually happening in that time. Like I said, there was a lot of time that spanned in this story, and so there were a few places where the story lagged, because I felt like not much happened. But the story was also detailed, giving a glimpse into Esther's life before and after becoming queen. I know we think being queen is amazing and great, but this showed exactly what is was like, and how it wasn't all so great. This story seemed well-researched, and it was very well-written. It is important to me that stories like this remain historically and Biblically accurate, which this one did. It retold the story in a new way, while keeping true to the original. Definitely a great read. 
iStudyScripture More than 1 year ago
Esther, Royal Beauty is the quintessential example of biblical fiction. Angela Hunt has painstakingly merged historical records with fictional plot, all while upholding the inerrancy of scripture.  She further added to my enjoyment of the biblical account by layering in little known details of Persian conquests and conspiracies. I remained completely absorbed in the plot even while knowing what the general outcome would be. I could not be more pleased with the way the author has chosen to represent Esther - neither as a beauty queen nor a martyr. When the King’s ardor wanes, Esther begins to feel isolated and lonely. During this time she resolves to convey God’s love and majesty (demonstrated to her as a child while living with Mordecai) unto the children of the harem. I especially like the unspoken message of blooming where God plants us and not remaining idle while we wait for Him to reveal His purpose in our lives. The story is told simultaneously through the eyes of Esther and Harbonah (the King’s eunuch). The inclusion of Harbonah’s viewpoint provides a small window into the mind of the king and the complexity of palace etiquette. He is an insightful man and I admired his loyalty and devotion to those he served. Persia had taken so much from him and yet his heart remained soft. I viewed his love for the King to be like a mother’s love for a wayward child. This book is one of my Top Picks for Christian book clubs heading into the New Year. Grab your copy of Esther, Royal Beauty, releasing January 6th, and I’m sure you will agree that Angela Hunt delivers 5 Star biblical fiction!! It is no secret that I am an avid fan of biblical fiction! So when I caught a glimpse of Angela Hunt’s new book cover on Pinterest I began to cyber stalk the book release. Thank you, thank you Bethany House Publishers for allowing me to have a sneak peek at this title (in exchange for my unbiased review) through the NetGalley blogger program. You have fed my voracious appetite for great Christian fiction!
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Hadassah, unaware of her beauty becomes, to her amazement, Queen of Persia. Beauty does not always benefit the woman who possesses it. On occasion it betrays her, and at other times it endangers her, even to the point of death. We are all familiar with the Biblical story of Esther, the Jewish woman who becomes Queen of Persia. Esther saves her people from extinction, but what do we know about the times and culture in which she lived? Angela Hunt has given us a beautifully-written and researched fictionalization of Esther’s story. The ancient times come to life through her pen (computer?) as she portrays the day to day events in the life of Hadassah, her uncle, Mordecai, and her aunt, Miriam. Told through the eyes of Hadassah (Esther) and Harbonah, King Xerxes’ chief eunuch, we switch back and forth between life in the Jewish quarter of Susa and life in the king’s palace. Hadassah is much like most modern teen girls as she grows up—somewhat selfish, intrigued by material things, worried about her looks and her clothing. One wonders how someone so superficial could grow up into the woman who would save her people. Harbonah is a likeable character given to musings about the king and keeping him satisfied. Seeing Hadassah one day while accompanying Queen Vashti’s entourage through the market, he becomes intrigued with the beauty of Mordecai’s young niece. Neither Hadassah nor Harbonah knows the role the girl who becomes Esther will play. Hunt’s portrayal of Esther reminded me somewhat of Tommy Tenney’s book, Hadassah: One Night with the King, released in 2005. I thought I had read parts of the this book previously because I had read Tenney’s book. However, the similarities are not great enough to detract from the enjoyment of Hunt’s Esther. I loved Angie’s retelling of Esther’s story and watching young Hadassah grow into the role of Queen of Persia. The interactions between Esther and Harbonah are fascinating as are the descriptions of Persian life in the palace. Five stars—you’ll love this first entry in the Dangerous Beauty series. Bethany House gave me a copy of this book for my candid review.