Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: CHOSEN The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther by:Ginger Garrett

Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther (Lost Loves of the Bible #2)
About the Book:
The story of a girl unsparingly plunged into heartache and chaos, who would save a nation … of Esther, who would be queen.

Wrenched from a simple life for her beauty, Esther finds herself at the mercy of King Xerxes. Leaving behind her only relative, her cousin Mordecai, and her first true love, Cyrus, she is thrown headlong into the unrestrained extravagance of palace living. Quick of mind and strong in spirit, she refuses to suffer the fate of her harem sisters and boldly challenges Xerxes to give of his heart before taking his pleasure, thus sealing her place beside him a queen. While conspiracy spins its diabolical web, Esther’s mind and spirit waver, and she is forced to confront the past in order to save her future—and that of an entire nation.

Ginger Garrett
About the Author:
Ginger Garrett is the author of the Chronicles of the Scribes series (In the Shadow of Lions, In the Arms of Immortals, In the Eyes of Eternity), Wolves Among Us, Chosen, Desired, Dark Hour, and Beauty Secrets of the Bible. Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther was recognized as one of the top five novels of 2006 by the ECPA.

Focusing on ancient women's history, Ginger creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women. A frequent media guest and television host, Ginger has been interviewed by Fox News, Billy Graham's The Hour of Decision, The Harvest Show, 104.7 The Fish Atlanta, and many other outlets.

A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in Theater, she is passionate about creating art from history. Ginger resides in Georgia with her husband and three children.

My Review:
 Ginger Garrett's book Chosen the lost diaries of Queen Esther is a magnificent book. Like the author's other books in the series Lost Loves of the Bible she goes on to tell us about Esther and her life before she was made Queen. Esther falls pretty early on in the story for Cyrus. And because Cyrus' father was not too impressed with Esther's lack of a dowry  he took it upon himself to tell the authorities that Mordecai, Esther's guardian and cousin actually did have a female living in his residence. This was a big deal because he was trying to hide her, so that there was no chance of her being chosen by the king as a potential bride. But she was found out and that changed everything.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.