Mix the Biblical story of Esther, with the horrors and tragedy of Hitler led Nazi Germany and stir in suspense and action with a compelling love story and you have the perfect ingredients for this book. Written by Kate Breslin, a FIRST time author–this book moved me like none other has in a while. I still cannot believe this is a first time author’s book, written in the genre of Historical Fiction.
Perhaps the most refreshing thing about this book is that it is NOT a re-telling of the story of Esther. However, it does use her story line, and similar if not the same at times, names to tell the story. Instead of being set in the time and place of the story of Esther, this novel takes place in 1944 when the Jews were being slaughtered and abused by the Hitler led Nazi’s and the infamous Auschwitz horrors. The main characters are Hadassah, renamed Stella as opposed to Esther, her uncle “Morty” (sound familiar?), and Kommandant Aric.
Each chapter begins with a verse from the book of Esther, and the story line follows that plot. Careful attention to detail with fantastic realistic facts about the settings, this fast paced novel was very difficult to put down. She includes a note in the back that goes into more detail about the history and places of the story, along with a glossary of the German terms used. There is also a section with questions, think book club, for fantastic discussion.
All in all, I was very pleased with this book and have already recommended it to several friends. I cannot wait to see more titles by this author and am sad that this is her first and that I have to wait!! You will NOT be disappointed with this selection!
*I received this title from Bethany House Publishers