by B. G. Brainard
Esther’s Song presents a realistic fictional account of Esther; the Jewish queen immortalized in the Bible book bearing her name. This historical novel imagines how a Jewish orphan, adopted by her cousin Mordecai, successfully navigated the lethal corridors of a royal harem, withstood palace intrigue, and overcame religious persecution to marry Xerxes, King of the Persian Empire, and save her people from extermination at the vengeful hands of Haman the Agagite.
Lillian Ammann (Lillie) on Amazon wrote:
I have read hundreds of "bible stories" over the course of my life. None have had the high level marks in so many areas that ESTHER'S SONG does. 1) It is a page turner - I stayed up late reading it every night until finished. 2) It is meticulously researched and historically accurate - one could be either a biblical or mesopotamian scholar, and no inaccuracy could be found. 3) It has the rare quality of being intellectually stimulating AND an upbeat, positive rendition of an old story that many have heard but never been truly interested in knowing more about. Brainard brings this ancient story into modern day parlance and relevance with interesting, compelling and strong female characters that are easily understood and admired by the 21st century woman, whether one is religious or secular. I give it a high recommendation!
Lorna Gundaker on Amazon wrote:
I really enjoyed this fictional account of Esther becoming queen and saving the Jews. A lot of things in the story aren't in the Bible, but I didn't see anything in the story that conflicted with Scripture. It's a fascinating tale of what might have happened along with what really happened. Esther has always been a favorite Biblical character, and this story made me like and admire her even more. There were more editing errors than there should have been.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this book about Queen Esther. Anything taken from Scripture is so easy to mess up. But Dr. Brainhard is a biblical scholar as well as a good storyteller. The book breathes new life into the story of a young girl taken from all she knew and insulated from family and friends behind harem walls as she is prepared to meet King Xerxes. It is an enthralling tale, straight out of the Bible that will leave you moved, thrilled, and amazed.
About the Author
Dr. B. G. Brainard’s passion as an historical fiction author is to bring the Hebrew Scriptures to life one book at a time through meticulous ancient Near East research and numerous excursions to the Middle East. Her first book, Esther’s Song, presents a realistic account of Esther; the Jewish queen immortalized in the Bible book bearing her name. The second book, Babylon: Center of the World, is the story of the biblical wise man Daniel’s captivity under the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar. The third book in the GRACE IN EXILE TRILOGY is Jerusalem Bound!, which covers the return of the priest-scribe Ezra to Jerusalem and revival of the law of Moses, Nehemiah, cupbearer to the Persian king Artaxerxes, fulfilling his mission to rebuild the Jerusalem wall, along with the ministries of the so-called minor prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.