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In an effort to complete a war his father had planned to win, King Xerxes calls every governor, satrap, and official in his vast kingdom to his palace in Susa to strategize and feast. When they finally leave, he decides on one more week of frivolity, which ends in the banishment of his favorite wife, something he never intended to do. But when he discovers Esther, Xerxes is sure he has a second chance at happiness. 

In her wildest dreams, Esther could never have imagined that she would end up as queen of Persia. Yet she knows better than to become complacent. Another of Xerxes's wives is vying for position, and his closest advisor has a deep and dangerous grudge against Esther's adoptive father. Caught in the middle of palace politics, Esther will find herself in an impossible position: risk her life or consign her people to annihilation. 

With her impeccable research and her imaginative flair, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the romantic, suspenseful, and beloved story of Esther, queen of Persia.

©2020 Jill Eileen Smith (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • 20-03-22

Beautiful Rendition

Wow, just wow!!!
This is such a beautiful rendition of a story I've so often read. Even Xerxes is seen through the eyes of the women who loved him, Vashti and Esther/Hadassah. I think this is the first story to put real meat on the bones of Vashti's story. Amestris was indeed Xerxes' wife and reputedly just a scheming! The Narration by Leah Horowitz was very tenderly read. Hearing about the loving family Esther grew up with is absolutely wonderful!!

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  • tina
  • 04-08-20

wonderful story

characters, story and inspiration during a time of heavy discouragement, then and now, summer 2020.

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  • Carolina Murillo
  • 21-07-20

Amazing!

For the longest time I struggles with the way Vashti presented in movies and some stories. There was a reason why she was the "beloved". This book has captured my very thoughts about how she could have really been. This whole story was wonderfully thought out.

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  • Karen
  • 09-09-22

Not authors best novel.

The story was slow and the narrators voice tone sounded very young. Didn’t seem to fit most of the characters

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  • Jewel Adams
  • 25-04-22

Beautiful

I've always loved this version of Esther's story.
It never gets old. Love this author

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  • Rissa-Machelle
  • 31-03-22

fan of Esther not this version

The story of Esther has always been one of my favorites. The faithfulness of God & a real life Cinderella story! However this telling has painted Xerxes as a weak king incapable of making decisions. The Bible does not say so this could possibly be true. But, he also could have been a stronger leader, still flawed obviously. Not my favorite by far & I have read many fictional versions of Esther.

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  • 11-03-22

Fantastic story.

It is amazing how you are able to feel like you are part of this world. The problems they had to face seems like the world today with all that is going on now.

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  • Simona C Costea
  • 06-02-22

Well performed good tone of voice and intonation

Loves the way the story was written and developed. Enjoyed the performance, made easy to follow the story