When a common Jewish girl becomes a queen…

I have always adored the story of Esther. I wondered at what she wore, what she looked like, and what it was like to be loved by a king that was not of the same faith. Her strength in the face of such adversity is admirable and the faith she displays is encouraging. I could go on, but this is about an adaptation of her what we know of her life. So, here it goes.

Hadassah definitely taped into my history loving side. Diana Wallis Taylor has clearly spent many hours in research to make this book happen. The details that are never explained, or even thought about, she covers with great insight. Some of the moments where rather intriguing as the author did her best to cover would be events that the Bible offers so little information on. Like the war with Grease and what happened to Esther and Mordecai after Xerxes death.

I wanted more between Esther and Xerxes. I wanted to feel something as I read the story. I wanted to feel like I was reading more than a history book. But I didn’t. Diana Wallis Taylor does a great job sticking to much of the Biblical account and history as possible, and I applauded her for that, I just wasn’t moved.

Writing Biblical adaptations can not be easy, and not everyone will agree with me, so I encourage to find out for yourself. Just because I wasn’t thrilled, doesn’t mean you won’t.

**I was given a copy from the publisher through CelebrateLit. These opinions are purely my own.

About the Book

Book: Hadassah

Author: Diana Wallis Taylor

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release date: July 2, 2019

HadassahOne of the great heroines of the Old Testament, Hadassah was a beautiful, graceful young woman who put her faith in God and her guardian, her cousin Mordecai.
She dreams of marrying Shamir, a tall, handsome, studious young man who is the rabbi’s son. Her heart beats faster when she hears the sound of his deep voice as he reads the Torah. And she hopes that he will visit Mordecai soon to present a betrothal request.

Then, an upheaval in King Xerxes’s palace changes everything. Queen Vashti has been banished and an edict goes out for all qualified young virgins throughout the empire to be taken to the palace as he searches for a new queen.

Fear strikes in the hearts of many, including Mordecai, as he realizes Hadassah will be taken. To hide her identity as a Jew, he tells her to go by the name of Esther. Since he works as a record-keeper at the king’s gates, he can keep tabs on how she is doing.

Hadassah: Queen Esther of Persia imagines what life was like for the woman who saved her people—and perhaps found love in the process.

 

Click here to grab your copy!

 

About the Author

Wallis-Taylor, DianaDiana Wallis Taylor was first published at the age of twelve, when she sold a poem to a church newsletter. After receiving her B.A. in Elementary Education at San Diego State University, she was an elementary school teacher for twenty-two years. Diana has also sold real estate, opened two coffeehouse/used book stores, and was a conference director for a private Christian college.
She has an extensive portfolio of published works, including a collection of poetry; an Easter cantata, written with a musical collaborator; contributions to various magazines and compilations; and several books, including Lydia, Woman of Philippi; Mary, Chosen of God; Ruth, Mother of Kings; and Halloween: Harmless Fun or Risky Business?

Learn more at www.dianawallistaylor.com.

 

Read an Excerpt

Besides the usual vendors, there were strange, sweaty men with beady eyes who were looking to get rich from the additional population.

In the wee hours of the morning, while Mordecai sat with his head in his hands, silently praying, Jerusha stopped breathing, slipping away so quietly that Hadassah thought she was still sleeping.

One day, to the people’s relief, the news was spread that the unwelcome banquet guests had been ordered back to their provinces—to prepare for war.

Instead of bowing, Hadassah smiled unabashedly and gazed directly at the king, who at that moment had turned his head.

“Do not give your name as Hadassah, but tell them it is Esther, which is a Persian name. I would have you hide your Jewish heritage for now.”

She felt their eyes silently appraising her; some with open interest, some with sympathy, and others with calculating shrewdness.

Esther asked each maid gentle, innocuous questions about her homeland, favorite foods, culture, and the like, listening attentively to their answers and making sure to speak to them by name both to let them know they were important to her and also to help her remember who was who.

“If you maidens help me to be my very best when I am called to the king’s chambers, if he honors me by selecting me as his queen, I will not forget you, who helped to put the crown on my head.”

Esther had seen some of the women pass her quarters so laden with jewelry they could hardly walk. She wanted to laugh out loud, but suppressed even a smile.

Recognition came. “Ah, the maiden in the crowd. I thought about you many times.” He moved closer. “I remember your hair, like a cloud around your face.”

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Diana is giving away a grand prize of a $20 Starbucks card and a surprise book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/e5a0/hadassah-celebration-tour-giveaway

8 Comments

  1. Tammy Hudson

    I love the story of Esther and Biblical fiction this sounds amazing. I love the cover.

    Tighefan42 atgmaildotcom

    • MelissaWardwell

      The cover is stunning

  2. Vivian Furbay

    I have enjoyed reading the book of Esther and enjoy Biblical fiction.

  3. Renee K.

    This has been an interesting book to read. Thanks for sharing.

  4. James Robert

    My family loves reading so hearing about another great book I appreciate. Thanks for sharing and also for the giveaway.

    • MelissaWardwell

      You are most welcome!

  5. Julie Waldron

    This sounds like a great book that would be interesting.

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