Monday, June 13, 2011

A Reluctant Queen: Book review

One would think that the biblical story of Esther has been rewritten and fictionalized quite enough by now. And I wasn't all that interested in reading another rendition when I heard about A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther. Until, that is, I noticed the author's name.

Joan Wolf.

I knew that name. She wrote historical romance novels, not Christian stuff. One of her books has been on my shelf for years, reread several times. She's good! So to see her name linked with a biblical fiction work was intriguing and worth a second look. I applied to be part of her blog tour so I could see how she handled fictionalizing a well-known story. One from the Bible, at that.

I'm so pleased to say that Wolf transferred her considerable research and writing skills from historical to biblical fiction. A Reluctant Queen gives the character of Esther a truly human face, showing her as a woman in conflict, at any given moment, with herself, her family, and her enemies. Her relationship with the king takes on nuances and depth that most other fictionalized accounts do not explore. Wolf's interpretation of the way in which Esther was entered into the beauty contest to become queen is the most unique of all I've ever read.

While staying true to the biblical script, Wolf has expanded it into an entertaining, emotional, and enjoyable story. Even more heartwarming and intriguing than the novel is the story behind the author's spiritual turnaround. Visit her web site, www.joanwolf.com, for more details on that.
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To celebrate Joan Wolf’s debut Christian Fiction title, A Reluctant Queen, Joan and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away A Reluctant Queen prize package worth over $150!



One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen

* A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf (for KINDLE)

To enter, just click one of the icons below. But, hurry, the contest ends on June 20th. Winner will be announced on June 21st during Joan’s A Reluctant Queen Book Club Party on Facebook (details below)! Hope to see you there – bring your friends!


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Join the fun on June 21st! 

Joan will be wrapping up the blog tour and Kindle giveaway promotion during her A Reluctant Queen FACEBOOK party on her FB author page. During the party she'll announce the winner of the Kindle, host a book chat discussion, test your trivia skills (Is Esther's story in A Reluctant Queen fact or fiction?), and more. Don't miss this chance to meet the author and make some new friends!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Nate at Pine Cove Towers

Nate's cabin-mates, with their counselor, Roll (to the 14th power).


Looks like he's got a life vest on, so  he must be about to hit the water.

 That's Nate behind the UT shirt kid. Waiting their turn to bat, maybe?

 Pirate theme night. Notice he's holding his sword. Unlike many of his buddies, he didn't get his eye poked out so no need for a patch. 

 Mid-week photo: wow, having a blast!


 Nate with Roll. He looks so happy.