Review in a nutshell:
Long ago, (4th century BCE) in a country called Persia in a walled city known as Shushan, there was a king named Achashveyrosh or his Persian name was Xerxes. He married the beautiful Vashti. The King ordered his wife the queen to appear before a party of his drunken guests, naked. She claimed acne but she still disobeyed a royal decree. Drama queen or modest? When she refused, the king was furious and banished her.
A king can't be without a queen so an order was given to bring all the lovely ladies of the land. The prettiest and the sweetest would earn the queen's crown. Kind of like TV's Bachelor but with more hangings and beheadings. I'm sure that's where the idea of the Bachelor came from or was it from Survivor?
Anyway. He chose to give the lovely Esther, a Jew the final rose, I mean the crown.
Only problem was that his key adviser, Haman is plotting against her people. Boo. Boo. Swing the grogger because he is evil and antisemitic. Oh and the king does not know she is Jewish.
They are so happy in love. Ahhh. But Esther hides her religion from hubby. Dr. Phil would not like this, but she was advised by her uncle Mordecai to keep her faith a secret.. The Jews have been exiled from Israel and live in Persia, but antisemitism is on the rise because of the evil Haman who wants to kill all the Jews.
Haman convinces the King to authorize a royal decree to annihilate the Jews.
Esther tells the king she is a Jew and though he cannot break a royal decree, he allows the Jews to arm themselves. They fight and survive. Haman is hung and all ends well.
The story was well plotted with a lot of sexual tension, and heart wrenching suspense. Loved the Happily Ever After Ending. I give it 5 Stars of David.
So what do you think is your most romantic biblical story? One commenter will get my favorite recipe for Hamantashen.