Brimming with spiritual truths and the author’s wild imagination, Reluctant Queen is a book that is engaging and beautiful as the one from the scripture.
When a decree becomes enforceable and the news is spread across the kingdom to everyman to kill and destroy all Jews, there rises from the tumult a brave orphan woman who breaks through the glass ceiling as she fights to become a wife of the ancient Persian king of kings. She must rely on her intuition, faith, and the goodness of his fellow Jews to shine through the darkness of manipulation and power and save her people from extinction.
Reluctant Queen is the rare plotline that not only matches but perhaps outshines the story of Esther in the scripture. Lin Wilder has proven to be an exceptionally skilled writer, able to handle both deep human connection and incredible action sequences around this sensitive matter, effectively imparting a heavily important message of humanity out into the world. She successfully captivates her readers with her expertise in both the scripture and the Jewish tradition and culture. Reluctant Queen is a perfect reflection of this author’s pride, passion, and talent.
Lin Wilder is the author of the award-winning ancient novels I, Claudia, and My Name is Saul.
Lin Wilder has a doctorate in Public Health from the UT at Houston with a background in cardiopulmonary physiology, medical ethics, and hospital administration. During her thirty-plus years in academic healthcare administration, Lin authored numerous texts in these fields.
She began writing fiction after leaving her Hospital Director position at UMASS Medical Center. Since then, Lin has received many awards for her two series of novels. Her medical mystery series include: The Fragrance Shed By A Violet, Do You Solemnly Swear? A Price for Genius and Malthus Revisited. Plausible Liars, the fifth in the Dr. Lindsey McCall mystery series, is scheduled for release in 2022.
Lin’s ancient novel series includes I, Claudia, and My Name is Saul. The third in that series, and her latest novel, The Reluctant Queen, took first place for historical and religious fiction in Feathered Quill’s Best Books of 2022. In addition, her memoir, Finding the Narrow Path, recounts her journey away from God and back again.
Lin lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and dogs.
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Author: Lin Wilder
Page Count: 301
Reviewer: Daisy Thomas
Review Posted Online: February 10, 2023