Esther:Royal Beauty~Angela Hunt~

Esther: Royal Beauty (Dangerous Beauty, #1)

~Synopsis~

An ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews in ancient Persia, so an inexperienced beautiful 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.

Esther marks bestselling author Angela Hunt’s return to biblical fiction. In each novel she explores an example of a Hebrew Old Testament tob woman: a woman whose physical beauty influences those around her–and can change the course of history.

~My Review~

This is the second book that I’ve read by this author. To be honest, I wasn’t impressed the first time but I do try to give grace and read an author’s writing at least three times. By at least three times I decide if I love the author’s writing or just give up reading their writing all together.

So, in this story, the author portrayed Esther pretty well even though I felt like the author could’ve used a little bit more imagination for both the King and Esther. I just thought that there should have been more of a romantic element in this story because I would like to think that the King and Esther would have had more together than just mutual understanding. To me it just felt like something was missing from the writing.

One thing that was interesting though was that the author gave some insight about the royal eunuchs in King Xerxes palace. It was very interesting to read about their role in the palace life.

Overall,I wish that I would’ve enjoyed this story a whole lot more than I did. I love reading just about anything concerning Esther. This story was a pretty alright read but nothing really stood out to me that’ll make me want to read it again. I really wasn’t impressed by this story like I thought I would be. The book cover is pretty awesome though!

This book is the first of the Dangerous Beauty series so hopefully I’ll be able to read the next book in this series.

Happy Reading Y’all!

    *I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley by Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

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Special Sundays!~Romans 8:31~

“…If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, KJV) The point is NO ONE can stand against Jesus, therefore if you are with Him do not fear anyone, or anything. He is on your side and by your side and He never sleeps. Call out to Him now.

 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?~Romans 8:31~

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Deadly Echoes~Nancy Mehl~

Deadly Echoes (Finding Sanctuary #2)

~About~

After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller’s life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah’s joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn’t know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.

As she learns more about Hannah’s death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents’ murder. Sarah enlists Paul’s help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul’s concern encourages Sarah’s growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide–even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.

~Review~

The beginning of “Deadly Echoes” really captivated me and that’s something that’s very hard to happen to me these days. My mind often goes in a hundred different directions but this book really reeled me in. It started out with a very mysterious beginning and I was in so much anticipation in finding out who this mystery person was!
Even though this is a second book in the series, It could be read as a stand alone as well.
The characters were well-developed which is a big plus in my book. I truly enjoy reading books with fully developed characters.
In my opinion,I feel that I would have enjoyed this book a whole lot more if the story had the bad guy’s input as well. In some mystery novels we as readers can get to know their thoughts or sometimes their next move which helps build the mysterious anticipation. I just think that this book needed a little bit more because to me it seemed a bit calm. I’m used to something happening like every 5 minutes! For example, like a gun going off or a bomb exploding a building or something in that order. If the book is a mystery I want it to nearly scare me out my wits! That’s just my opinion.
Overall, this was a pretty good read and I’m so glad to have read a book from a new to me author! I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from this author as well.(3.5)

*I recieved this book though Netgalley by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

Finding Favor with the King~Tommy Tenny~

Finding Favor with the King: Preparing for Your Moment in His Presence

 

~About~

Tenney takes readers to Esther’s pre-Islamic Persia to uncover the secrets that helped her win the heart and gain the ear of the king and save her people from destruction. A Jewish girl of no royal heritage was chosen to become the Queen of Persia. Was it her beauty alone, or did she know an important and mysterious truth? Tenney challenges his readers to move beyond formal petitions or even “storming the gates of heaven” to that intimate embrace of worship where the bride’s petitions move the King’s heart and where kingdoms, people, and situations begin to shift like pawns on a divine chessboard.

 

~My Review~

I will let you all know right now that if  there’s anything or everything that has to do with the story of Esther I am so in!
I really loved and enjoyed reading this book. It touched my soul so much. “Finding Favor with the King” was such an inspiring and uplifting read I won’t soon forget.
For those of you who didn’t know, this is the author whose books along with the book of Esther inspired  the well cherished film,”One Night with the King”. If you haven’t watched that movie you should because it’s very good!

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It was inspiring how in the book the author would really parallel us as the Bride of Christ with Esther’s story. The author also really gave some great insight into the purification process of what Esther had to go through in order to be prepared to stand before the great king Xerxes. It was amazing how herbs such as garlic and myrrh were used in order to purify the body from the inside out. It was powerful because not only did this book help point out the natural side but it also gave some very helpful insight into the spiritual side. It was powerful!

There were so many wonderfully awesome insights like the one below,
“You can never become who you are supposed to be without a victory,and there is no victory without a battle.”
Just like Esther we have to overcome a lot and take courage because we are not like everybody else. We are special and chosen of the one true King.
This book was such an inspiring read on the life of Esther. I was very encouraged and uplifted. I highly recommend reading this book! It was such a blessing.

*I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley by Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own*

 

Happy Reading Y’all! 🙂

 

~Poet’s Corner- Christina Rossetti~

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A Better Resurrection

By Christina Rossetti

I have no wit, no words, no tears;
         My heart within me like a stone
Is numb’d too much for hopes or fears;
         Look right, look left, I dwell alone;
I lift mine eyes, but dimm’d with grief
         No everlasting hills I see;
My life is in the falling leaf:
         O Jesus, quicken me.
My life is like a faded leaf,
         My harvest dwindled to a husk:
Truly my life is void and brief
         And tedious in the barren dusk;
My life is like a frozen thing,
         No bud nor greenness can I see:
Yet rise it shall—the sap of Spring;
         O Jesus, rise in me.
My life is like a broken bowl,
         A broken bowl that cannot hold
One drop of water for my soul
         Or cordial in the searching cold;
Cast in the fire the perish’d thing;
         Melt and remould it, till it be
A royal cup for Him, my King:
         O Jesus, drink of me.

My TBR Goals for 2015!

I know, I know it’s a little late for this kinda post but hey, better late than never right?

I was inspired by the Bethany House post and I’ve decided to incorporate some or most those goals into my TBR goals for 2015.

So here it goes….

The Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey, #1)A Sparrow in Terezin (Hidden Masterpiece #2)The Pharaoh's Daughter: A Treasures of the Nile Novel

Not by SightDauntless (Valiant Hearts, #1)Lady Maybe

In Good CompanyThe Huntress of Thornbeck ForestAfter a Fashion

Lady MaybeHow to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding, #3)The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #1)Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5)Anna's Crossing (An Amish Beginnings)As Love Blooms (The Gregory Sisters, #3)Mist of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire, #1)Where Trust Lies (Return to the Canadian West, #2)The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor, #1)Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and RebellionMy Heart Stood Still (Sisters of Mercy Flats #2)To Capture Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles, #2)A Refuge at Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #3)Desperate Measures (Port Aster Secrets, #3)A Woodland MiracleA Fair to Remember (The World Fair, #1)

Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom, #1)A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1)

The Bride Ship (Frontier Bachelors #1)Spy of Richmond (Heroines Behind the Lines #4)

To Win Her Favor (Belle Meade Plantation, #2)Brentwood's Ward

So that was probably a preview of what I hope to read this year and I hope to read other books that I didn’t read last year or the year before that and so on! Now that I have a kindle I have  a whole lot more access to books so I’m very optimistic about this year. The problem with me is that I’ll start a book and then start more 5 books! IT’S CRAZY! I really need to stop doing that! lol!

But anyway,the books above have some awesome book covers! I love the combination of an awesome book cover along with a great story. 😉  I’m not only looking for a book that’s great or kinda great but I’m hoping to read more books that exceeds all my expectations!

I do have big plans for this blog and with God’s help, I hope to publish them soon. Until next time!

 

HAPPY READING!!