How can she love the king of kings without forsaking her Lord of lords?Kasia grew up in a poor Jewish home with more siblings than luxuries. But when a chance encounter forces her to the palace of Xerxes, she becomes a concubine to the richest man in the world. She alone, of all Xerxes’ wives, loves the man beneath the crown. She alone, of all his wives, holds the heart of the king of kings.Traveling with Xerxes through Europe as he mounts a war against Greece, Kasia knows enemies surround her, but they re not the Spartans or Athenians. The threat lies with those close to the king who hate her people. She determines to put her trust in Jehovah even if it costs her her marriage.Years of prayers are answered when Kasia’s childhood friend arrives at the palace after the war, but even as she determines to see Esther crowned in place of the bloodthirsty former queen, she knows the true battle is far from over. How far will her enemies go to see her undone?Combining the biblical account of Esther with Herodotus’s Histories, Jewel of Persia is the story of a love that nearly destroys an empire . . . and the friendship that saves a nation.
Flow of book – 5
Believable romance – 5
Overall Plot – 5
This has to be one of the best books I’ve read all year. At times I loved Xerxes and at others I hated him. Kasia has to be commended for having the patients of a saint. The history is so complex and rich in this book, and yet Mrs. White makes it an enjoyable read and not a tedious history lesson. There are two different society’s in Jewel of Persia, the Jews and the Persians. They are gorgeously put on display for the reader in this book. The romance of love is shinning though this book but it stops at the bedroom door. You know what is intended and implied but it never goes into detail and honestly I was 100% ok with that. It never needed it and I was kiddy at Kasia and Xerxes story. Mrs. White has a holds no bar punch when it comes to showing the Xerxes that Kasia knows and the one that history books looks on with awe.
I was relieved he was not portrayed as the weirdo from 300. Instead what you have is a book about love, trust, faith and the one true God. Please R. White, continue to write!.