I recently received the book “The Reluctant Queen” by Joan Wolf. The book is based on the true story of Esther from the Bible. From the moment I opened the book, I was drawn into this timeless tale and Esther is one of my favorites in the Bible. The book certainly brought the characters to life and it was an excellent read. I was hardly able to put it down and finished it in just over one day. However, I must say, the book left me with a sour taste in my mouth. Yes, I realize it is a fiction book and simply based on the Bible story, but the author had Esther marry a fictional king, not King Xerxes. There were other elements too that she took fairly large liberties with. I found this to be very unnecessary. Joan Wolf addresses this in the end of her book, but for a product being carried in Christian Bookstores, I was disappointed. In summary, good read, but sadly lacking in truthful historical details.