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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (406 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Wolf Narrator: Brooke Sanford Heldman Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781608148707
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She was a simple girl faced with an impossible choice. He was a magnificent king with a lonely heart. Their love was the divine surprise that changed the course of history.

This is a story about Queen Esther like you’ve never read before. Set in the glittering capital of the Persian Empire, A Reluctant Queen brings to life this powerful, timeless story of love, faith, and how God works his plans through ordinary people.

Wolf convincingly fills in the gaps of the biblical account with beautiful enhancements of the romance as well as the drama. While learning proper royal protocol and amid entanglement in palace intrigues, the unlikely happens: Queen Esther falls deeply in love with her husband. When she discovers the diabolical scheme of an evil high-ranking official against the Jewish nation, she has to make a decision that threatens her marriage and her life to save her people.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Joan Wolf never fails to deliver the best!”

    Nora Roberts

  • “Wolf has succeeded in tidying up the biblical account, reconstructing its people and events while preserving its essential elements and producing an attractive love story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Wolf’s latest gives readers a wonderful glimpse into the life of Queen Esther. Readers will enjoy getting to know her as a woman beset with political ambition and family rivalries.”

    RT Book Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Awjtf | 2/20/2014

    " great biblical story of Queen Esther! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget R. Wilson | 2/1/2014

    " Beautiful love story. I liked it much better than One Night with the King. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/15/2014

    " I've been a Joan Wolf fan for awhile. She's written historical fiction, romance, and mystery, as well as some contemporary novels. This is, as far as I know, her first Christian fiction, and I liked it very much. Her take on Esther's life and sacrifice for her people was inspiring and made for a quick-moving, entertaining story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/4/2014

    " I really liked this historical fiction account of the story of Esther. The book was well-written and engaging and easy to read. I found myself drawn into the story and had a hard time putting it down, even though I knew the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/25/2013

    " Very nicely written love story that was based somewhat on a Bible story. I enjoyed reading it as the book was nicely paced, written very well, and was not in any means crude or vulgar. The author did a great job of making you connect with the characters. Again - I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/6/2013

    " I really loved this book. I felt like the author did a great job of taking a biblical story and making it into a lovely easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 4/14/2013

    " This book made me re-read the book of Esther and now I want to do a little historical research on that specific time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 3/22/2013

    " I listened to this and the reader was VERY annoying. Not a fan at all. i think that ruined the book for me - but I gave it 3 stars because it is a good story and I bet it is better if you read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shellie | 1/5/2013

    " A beautiful cannon Bible story told in a whole new way. I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby Hatley | 9/13/2012

    " Different story on Easter. Strayed a little too far from Biblical text for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorinda | 6/19/2012

    " LOVE THE BOOk! Could not put it down. Great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Omi | 3/8/2012

    " LOVE this book. So fresh and so much history and the plots...ahhhh, one of THE best " Esther books " I've ever read. ( even if its STILL not totally with the Bible :( ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey Black | 10/26/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. The only reason I took it a star down was because I was disappointed that it wasn't entirely historically accurate, but it's fiction after all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jami | 6/6/2011

    " This book is fantastic! A must-read! "

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About the Author

Joan Wolf is a bestselling author, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike. A former English teacher, she obtained a bachelor’s degree at Mercy College and a master of English and comparative literature at Hunter College. An avid rider and horse owner, Joan lives in Connecticut with her husband Joe and two grown children.

About the Narrator

Brooke Sanford Heldman can be heard as Vicki Byrne in the audio series Left Behind, The Kids, as well as various other audio spots with Left Behind, The Series, Focus on the Family, and WYLL. Brooke trained as an actress with Illinois Wesleyan University, The Audition Studio, Wheaton College, and various Meisner instructors. She is the drama director of Promiseland, the children’s ministry at Willow Creek Community Church.