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Wrenched from a simple life for her beauty, Esther finds herself at the mercy of King Xerxes. Leaving behind her only relative, her cousin Mordecai, and her first true love, Cyrus, she is thrown headlong into the unrestrained extravagance of palace living.Quick of mind and strong in spirit, Esther refuses to suffer the fate of her harem sisters and boldly challenges XerxesWrenched from a simple life for her beauty, Esther finds herself at the mercy of King Xerxes. Leaving behind her only relative, her cousin Mordecai, and her first true love, Cyrus, she is thrown headlong into the unrestrained extravagance of palace living.Quick of mind and strong in spirit, Esther refuses to suffer the fate of her harem sisters and boldly challenges Xerxes to give of his heart before taking his pleasure, thus sealing her place beside him as queen. While conspiracy spins its diabolical web, Esther's mind and spirit waver, and she is forced to confront the past in order to save her future–and thus an entire nation....

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  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    2019-04-27 04:27

    A fictionalized account of the story of Queen Esther, presented from the premise that her lost "diaries" have been recovered, sold to a museum and translated for the world to read. News reports and commentaries are included to solidify this premise.Writing about a historical figure when little is actually known about her is always risky. But, overall, I found the story engaging. My knowledge of this time period is scant at best and I enjoyed the descriptions about palace life, the harems and the cultural details of the time period. The experiences Esther had during her year of preparation were curious, yet I could picture it all. So much of Esther's story is speculation and imagination. The biblical account leads you to believe that Esther and the King had a great love for each other. Here, Esther is unwillingly taken away from her home and the young man she wishes to marry. For most of her year in the harem, she pines for Cyrus and, even after her marriage to the king, thinks about him. I realize that adding Cyrus to the mix makes for a more dramatic story, but I wish he'd been left out.Esther has always been a wonderful example of a strong woman of faith, one I enjoyed reading about and someone to admire. And while she was faithful to her God and did what she was asked, even at the risk of death, I felt that, at times, her faith was secondary to the rest of the story.Overall, an enthralling story and one I can easily recommend. After I finished it, I found myself picking up my Bible and rereading Esther's account there.

  • Laura
    2019-05-23 09:32

    I asked to review Chosen by Ginger Garrett in order to compare it to Hadassah, One Night With The King by Tommy Tenney.I found Ginger’s novel of exquisite taste. I thoroughly enjoyed the diary format. It gave me the feel of peeking into Esther’s long-lost diary. Ginger gave intimate details that would be sensitive to a woman’s perspective. The intense communications between all the characters are so believable and dramatic. The addition of information at the back of book was of great interest as well.Tommy Tenney’s book was equally satisfying, and had great characterization and drama.Both books have their place, and in reading both, you get a richer, fuller appreciation of Esther’s circumstances. You are privy to their dependence of praying and listening to God’s direction in each situation. I’d highly recommend both books. To accompany these two fine books, I would also recommend Finding Favor With The King by Tommy Tenney.Both novels deal with the travesty of young girls’ abductions, but we are not to forget the young men who also were taken into captivity as well. Much like the human trafficking we see in today’s society.I definitely look forward to reading Ginger’s next books on Jezebel and Delilah, which are part of the Lost Loves of the Bible series. Be prepared for great reading!This book is based on the book of Esther in the Old Testament of the Bible. This book was provided by Audra at The B & B Media Group, Inc., for my honest review, and in this case to compare to another author. My thanks to Audra and B & B for the opportunity to bring your attention to another great novel

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-02 06:46

    She was born Hadassah but she would be known as Esther. Her family was killed, during the exile. Her cousin, Mordecai rescued her and raised her himself. They lived under the King’s nose. Mordecai was a sheep herder. Though, he was educated and taught Esther how to read and write. Esther had scrolls that she would use to keep track of her most in\important thoughts. King Xerxes is in the market for a new wife. The search begins. All the young ladies hope of becoming the next Queen…everyone but Esther. She already has found her soul mate. His name is Cyrus. Esther is chosen to become the King’s wife. Will she open her heart and find a place in it for the King?Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther can only be brought to life in this spectacular way by author, Ginger Garrett. This is the second book I have read by Mrs. Garrett. She brings depth and a well versed knowledge of the topic she is writing about. What I enjoyed the most about this book is that Mrs. Garrett tried to keep it as authentic as possible. I am not that familiar with Esther from the Bible but after reading this book, I plan to read up on the story of Esther. She was a very powerful and strong woman. Esther was not taken by the King’s charm. If you are looking for a book for your next book club or Bible study, then you need to make the right choice and choose Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther.

  • Lynette
    2019-05-01 07:27

    CHOSEN has an original premise. Basically archeologists have found Queen Esther's (yes, the Queen Esther from the bible) diaries hidden away in a tomb. Her diaries were translated and published. CHOSEN reads like we're looking at the actual published diaries instead of a work of fiction. Although I was bored with all the faux newspaper articles about the find that lead up to the story (I wanted to get to the meat), I appreciated them and their originality.FAIR WARINGING: THE REST OF THIS REVIEW IS GOING TO TALK ABOUT HOW COOL SOME OF THE AUTHOR'S IDEAS WERE. I've read the Book of Esther but I really appreciated getting this author's take on Esther's day to day life. I had several duh moments. I never really thought about what her life was like and that yeah, she was really living in a harem and what a great risk she was taking by going to the King to try and save her cousin and her people. (No spoilers there right. I'm assuming everyone is somewhat familiar with the famous story.) At least for me, the author did an awesome job fleshing that out. She made Esther into a real, relatable, human being.I also never thought about what Esther might have been giving up by being forced to go into the King's harem. In this fictionalized version she was in love with a boy named Cyrus, who she had hoped to marry but was separated from. Even knowing the end of the story and knowing that it wasn't going to work out for them (umm, no spoiler there right. Everyone knows she marries the King of Persia right – LOL), Cyrus added an excellent dimension to her life and it was great to see how their lives took an unexpected turn.What I never connected to before is that the Persian King Esther was married to was actually the Persian King from the Sparta 300 fame. I was like, cool, I never knew that. Then one of my twitter friends totally destroyed my buzz and asked me was I sure. So I looked it up online and there is a debate that Esther was married to either him or another guy so it's still plausible that it was actually him she was married to.The premise was compelling and the writing and the fictionalized events in Esther's day-to-day life pulled me in from the beginning. Even knowing the biblical version of the story, I found myself reading through the pages eager to discover what was happening next. There is a lot of intrigue in CHOSEN that I enjoyed. I did have a WTF moment at the end of the novel. The end and the villain seemed to come out of no where, but not in a good way. I was disappointed with the lack of build up to that one moment but other than that, I thought this was a piece of intriguing historical fiction that had great tension, intrigue and suspense.

  • Jalynn Patterson
    2019-05-23 04:25

    About the Book:The story of a girl unsparingly plunged into heartache and chaos, who would save a nation … of Esther, who would be queen.Wrenched from a simple life for her beauty, Esther finds herself at the mercy of King Xerxes. Leaving behind her only relative, her cousin Mordecai, and her first true love, Cyrus, she is thrown headlong into the unrestrained extravagance of palace living. Quick of mind and strong in spirit, she refuses to suffer the fate of her harem sisters and boldly challenges Xerxes to give of his heart before taking his pleasure, thus sealing her place beside him a queen. While conspiracy spins its diabolical web, Esther’s mind and spirit waver, and she is forced to confront the past in order to save her future—and that of an entire nation.About the Author:Ginger Garrett is the author of the Chronicles of the Scribes series (In the Shadow of Lions, In the Arms of Immortals, In the Eyes of Eternity), Wolves Among Us, Chosen, Desired, Dark Hour, and Beauty Secrets of the Bible. Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther was recognized as one of the top five novels of 2006 by the ECPA.Focusing on ancient women's history, Ginger creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women. A frequent media guest and television host, Ginger has been interviewed by Fox News, Billy Graham's The Hour of Decision, The Harvest Show, 104.7 The Fish Atlanta, and many other outlets.A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in Theater, she is passionate about creating art from history. Ginger resides in Georgia with her husband and three children.My Review: Ginger Garrett's book Chosen the lost diaries of Queen Esther is a magnificent book. Like the author's other books in the series Lost Loves of the Bible she goes on to tell us about Esther and her life before she was made Queen. Esther falls pretty early on in the story for Cyrus. And because Cyrus' father was not too impressed with Esther's lack of a dowry he took it upon himself to tell the authorities that Mordecai, Esther's guardian and cousin actually did have a female living in his residence. This was a big deal because he was trying to hide her, so that there was no chance of her being chosen by the king as a potential bride. But she was found out and that changed everything.**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.

  • Emily Beeson
    2019-04-23 05:41

    Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther by Ginger GarrettYou know I read a lot. A lot, a lot. This book intrigued me from the get-go, and it was worth all the anticipation. I loved it. It's one of those books that, as I finished, I started thinking of all the people I wanted to pass it along to, so we could talk about it.Esther is a beautiful, orphan girl, in love for the first time. She spends her days selling lamb meat that she can't afford to taste. She has her trials, but she is happy, until she is wrenched away from everything she knows and cares about.King Xerxes desires a new Queen, nevermind that he already has a whole harem of women already at his disposal. Esther is chosen as one of many girls to go the palace and be prepared for one night with the King. As a Jew, she believes that sex should be between one woman and one man who have a life-long commitment to each other. Despite this, she feels that God is directing events.I wouldn't give anything away, except you know this story, don't you? If not, stop reading.Esther is chosen to be Queen, and she and the King share a love for one another. However, when a decree goes out that all Jews are to be executed, Esther must risk her life, revealing the she is a Jew, to save her people.This book gave me a lot of food for thought.In terms of cleanliness, there is talk of preparing for sex. Esther is given sensuality lessons and rubbed with oil daily to prepare for the King's touch. However, the sexuality does not go any farther than that. I consider this a clean read, although I'd only recommend it to adults because of subject matter.

  • Abbie Riddle
    2019-05-16 06:28

    Chosen, Ginger Garrett This is a captivating retelling of the life of Queen Esther in the form of diary entries. Ginger Garrett does an excellent job of bringing to life a heroine of the bible and by further showing that true beauty is held within ones self, that God shining through someone makes them shine with an inner beauty that does not fade. The strength and wisdom as well as grace and poise of Queen Esther is enough to inspire all young women to strive for excellence in our devotion and obedience to God and those God places in our lives as authority. This book further displays that God’s hand is at work in ways that we do not always understand even when we are placed in situations that we do not like if we are obedient and trust. I do not agree with all things brought to light – especially that Queen Esther continues to long after another man after she is married to the King. Reading the account in the bible I have always pictured that Esther’s heart was turned toward the king during her preparation time and that she began to truly love him because of God’s love in her. So this “looking outside of her marriage” was a disappointment for me, and I believe that had this been the true case that Esther would not have been as effective in the saving of her people as she truly was. I do believe that Ginger Garrett is an excellent writer. I admire her style.Thank you B&B Media Group for providing this copy for review.

  • Josephine
    2019-05-20 11:51

    This was a re-read for me. The first time I read it I rated it 5 stars that was when I was a young teenager. After this re-read while I still liked the book it did not touch me in the same way as when I was younger and a less experienced reader. I think I don't care for the diary format as well. Esther is an amazing story and the recipes in the back were an added bonus.

  • Edelways Cheryl
    2019-05-03 06:47

    This book is AWSOME!!! but it also confused me. At the first time I read those book, I was tottaly believe that it's a true lost diary of queen ester. But I was shocked when I read the last page because it was told that not all of written in this book was a fact but I really enjoy to read this book. Two thumbs up ! ! !

  • Vicki
    2019-05-02 09:36

    I have always loved Queen Ester, so I was excited to read it. It stayed right to the Bible account with very interesting extra details. I recommend it.

  • Heather
    2019-05-18 08:40

    Esther is a poor young woman of limited means living with her cousin Mordechai after being orphaned many years ago. Living quietly as a Jew in Susa during King Xerxes reign, Esther's existence is a simple one, brightened only by the fact that she is in love with a local merchant's son named Cyrus. Though Cyrus and Esther have little hope of being married, both are committed to each other and long for the day that they will be able to break away and begin their lives together. This dream is unexpectedly crushed when Xerxes decides to banish his queen, Vashti, after a humiliating encounter in front of his subjects, and take a new queen. Xerxes' men are sent into the city to gather up all the available virgins, and against her cousin's protest, Esther is taken to the palace to undergo a year of beauty treatments so that she will be pristine and groomed for her night with the king. Upon entering the palace, Esther catches the eye of Hagai, the chief eunuch, and is quickly whisked away to a life of lavishness and privilege. Hagai harbors hope that Esther will capture the heart of the king and become the new queen to rule by his side. But as Esther and Hagai's dreams come true, Esther becomes embroiled in a plight that will take all her wits and fortitude to escape. And the danger she is facing will not only affect her but all the Jews of Susa under the reign of the king. Rich yet amazingly subtle, Chosen tells the biblical story of Esther, the mighty and courageous woman whose hand alone changed the future of the Jews.I think I am becoming a connoisseur of literature about Queen Esther. I took a twelve week Bible study class that deconstructed this short yet powerful book of the Bible, and shortly after I read and reviewed The Gilded Chamber by Rebecca Kohn. When the opportunity came to review yet another book about Esther, I jumped at the chance to read a third version of the story. While I did definitely enjoy this book more than The Gilded Chamber, there were some spots that left me feeling a bit underwhelmed.First off, I really liked this version of Esther. She was vulnerable and soft, yet when the situation demanded, she became very resourceful and cunning in the extreme. I thought this Esther was very motivated by her circumstances and I could clearly see how she grew into the queen who changed a nation. During the early sections of the book, Esther begins to ask questions about her life that I feel many young women have asked themselves. Mainly she wonders if her dreams and desires are less important because she is a woman in a society dominated by men. She wonders if her life would be different if she had had the ability to make her decisions as she saw fit instead of being forced into uncomfortable roles by the people that claimed to have her best interest at heart. Esther was searching for herself in a world that was not of her making, and despite the lavish attentions and riches surrounding her, she found that she could never be satisfied with the material things that cluttered her life while the deepest desires of her heart were being ignored and swept under the rug. Eventually Esther is forced to do what many women are forced to do: be satisfied with what she has and learn to stop lamenting the things that she cannot change. She must sweep her dreams away and exist as others around her have shaped her to be and find her destiny in other directions.One of the things that I wish had gotten a little more attention was the life Esther led in the harem of the king. There were little to no interactions between her and the other women and the only characters aside from the major players who got any page time were Hagai and the various servants that attended Esther. I would have liked to have seen more of the other girls in the harem and gotten a little more back story about them. Several times the story alluded to the fact that there were vicious rivalries and jealousies in the harem but they were never really elaborated on. It was too much of a case of telling not showing and I was a bit disappointed by that. It would have been nice to see these things get more page time and see the way that Esther dealt with her changed circumstances among the women who surrounded her.While I did like the subplot involving Esther and Cyrus, I felt that there was an awful lot of time given over to the lamenting of their lost love. As it became clear very early in the book that these two lovers would not get the chance to be together, I felt that it might have been better to leave these sections alone. I would have rather seen more focus on Esther in her new surroundings, rather than having her constantly pine for something she could never have. I do have to conclude that these sections were more realistic though, as I can truly believe that dreams do not abandon the dreamer if left unfulfilled. I guess my main problem with these sections was that they seemed very unproductive, and the fact that Esther had such a journey to accomplish but had been lost in her dreams for so long niggled at me a little bit. Towards the end of the book, the subplot involving Cyrus became more pleasing and began to fit the story a bit better, which leavened my discontent a bit.The sections of the book that were based on the plight of the Jews were very well done. These were the sections that were most biblically accurate, and I felt that the author did a wonderful job of melding the fictional elements of her story to fit the biblical sections. Here Esther does the unthinkable for her people, and here her courage takes center stage. She uses the only things she has available to her, namely her wits and her beauty, to ensnare the king's attentions and bend him to her will. Much of the danger in what she was doing was clearly reiterated for the reader, and as this contest of wills came into the full spotlight, it was evident that Esther was working in conjunction with the hand of God to save her people, to remarkable effect. Clearly she was no ordinary woman, a fact that the author both spotlights and downplays to wonderful effect. In this, the last section of the book, it becomes clear how much she has grown and matured and just how strong her faith has become.If you have to pick only one book to read about the life of Esther, I would definitely say that this is the one to go with. Though there were some small points that I didn't care for, this version of the story was by far the most involving and thought provoking. Garrett's Esther was so remarkably human as to seem very familiar and endearing at once, and from the standpoint of biblical correctness, this book was most closely on the mark. For those that are curious about Esther, I would definitely encourage you to give this book a try, and also think this book would be a great read for lovers of biblical fiction. A really interesting read.

  • Lyndsey
    2019-04-28 08:38

    Chosen by the bookgroup. The most fascinating thing about this read, was thinking about the fact that this is one bookgroup member's FAVORITE BOOK and that she reads it every year. Incredible! OT stories are things I try to avoid. My beefy imagination is still too limited to picture/understand what life was like back then. I am ok with that-and with leaving the OT well alone.

  • Fiona Borrelli
    2019-05-05 10:38

    Historical fiction of an interesting story which is still celebrated during the festival of Purim. But, the (presumably fictitious?) commentary in the endnotes is preachy and distracting.

  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-05-12 11:21

    Title: Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen EstherAuthor: Ginger GarrettPages: 304Year: 2010Publisher: David C. Cook Years ago I taught from the book of Esther in the Old Testament, learning that hope shines brightest against the blackest backdrop. All of us can relate to the various experiences that life brings through our journey this side of heaven. Where do you go or to Whom do you go when you need hope, encouragement, maybe even words to do what is right when inside of you there is overwhelming fear? Esther was born over five centuries before Christ Jesus was born in the manager in Bethlehem. At a time when women weren’t cherished or loved, they were to do as they were told. Esther lost her parents and would have been lost herself if it were not for her cousin Mordecai who adopted her, raising her in the knowledge of God. Xerxes was king of an empire that was vast, cruel and dominated all nations, except for Greece. Once Vashti was in exile, Xerxes needed a new queen to be beside him. All virgins were to be rounded up in his kingdom for one night with the king in the hopes that one would be chosen as queen, taking Vashti’s place. If not, they were relegated to the harem to live out the rest of their lives never to return home or have a normal life. How could God use a pagan king and an orphaned Jewish girl to bring about the saving of His chosen people, the Jews? When you read the book of Esther, you will see the plans laid by one man to eradicate the Jews. Read it and you will see a Jewish man who was faithful to God and saved the life of a king when he uncovers a plot to harm the king. In a twist of irony, the one who longs for the throne actually has to elevate the very man he despises. To learn the names of who these men were, read the Bible and find out, plus learn how Purim became a celebration that is still a feast today! Read Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther and find a jewel of a heart that learns to shine from within the halls of the palace. Told in first person point of view, we get a unique perspective as to how Esther felt living in a time that few would want to or with a man who knew no boundaries and took what he wanted. See how God works in Esther and the tale Ginger Garrett weaves of those who desire to murder the king in order to take over the kingdom. Ginger writes with the unique knowledge of history, women and kings. It will not only captivate you, but propel you to read the Bible. Esther is a reflection of one who submitted to God and trusted Him to work all things together for good; it is an inspiring story. I know you will not only enjoy the tale you will learn about the times, events and how God worked through a woman who trusted in Him with all her heart. My rating is 5+ stars.Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.orgThe opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  • Simmonsmry
    2019-05-01 07:23

    I thoroughly enjoyed the novel aspect of Ginger Garrett’s exploration into the mind of Jewish historical figure, Queen Esther. The queen’s story, as told through a series of diary entries, is one of intrigue, romance, adventure, and faith. For those unfamiliar with the biblical story, Esther is a Jewish orphan raised by her cousin, Mordecai. While a young maiden, she is taken to King Xerxes’ harem to be presented to the king after a year’s worth of beauty treatments and preparations. Her beauty and intelligence win her the king’s favour and she is made his queen, all the while keeping her Jewish faith a secret, since there is a decree to worship no other god than Ahura Mazda. Her loyalty to the king, her people, and her God are put to the test.While many Jews and Christians are familiar with Esther’s story, ‘Chosen’ gives a literary insight to the historical figure honoured during the festival of Purim. One of the reasons I enjoy fiction is that authors can explore issues, take literary license, and go deeper into the psyche of their characters. By writing this novel from Esther’s point of view over a time period of more than a decade, Garrett imagines what the young woman may have been thinking and what motivated her heroic actions. Unfortunately, first-person narratives are somewhat limited in their viewpoint and do not give as much insight into secondary characters. It would have been interesting to explore the motivations and actions of King Xerxes and Mordecai as well.I did not enjoy the break-up of the narrative through the footnotes directing the reader to the Appendices, a series of commentaries that attempt to make Esther’s story current and relevant. I found this unnecessary and distracting. Although some of the viewpoints were interesting, they seemed out of place and irrelevant in a work of historical fiction. I would definitely still recommend the novel, but I would suggest that readers do not waste their time with the commentaries, or to read them well after they have finished the novel. They may be useful in a book club setting, but do not enhance the telling of the actual story. What I found more useful was reading the biblical account in the book of Esther and then being able to compare and contrast the story to Garrett’s version.

  • Deborah
    2019-05-10 06:41

    The story of a girl unsparingly plunged into heartache and chaos, who would save a nation … of Esther, who would be queen.Wrenched from a simple life for her beauty, Esther finds herself at the mercy of King Xerxes. Leaving behind her only relative, her cousin Mordecai, and her first true love, Cyrus, she is thrown headlong into the unrestrained extravagance of palace living. Quick of mind and strong in spirit, she refuses to suffer the fate of her harem sisters and boldly challenges Xerxes to give of his heart before taking his pleasure, thus sealing her place beside him a queen. While conspiracy spins its diabolical web, Esther’s mind and spirit waver, and she is forced to confront the past in order to save her future—and that of an entire nation.My Review:This is absolutely the best version of Esther I have ever read. The concept of entries she wrote hundreds of years ago having so much meaning for the modern woman was just genius re-telling on Garrett's part. Esther actually had a voice in this novel, and she wasn't just that queen in the Bible that did amazing things. Here she is presented as a woman of flesh and blood, with fallacies that we can all relate to. She spends a year in a harem, and much of her mindset and values change in an instant as she realizes she is not in Kansas anymore. I loved the descriptions of life in the Persian court, and I particularly enjoyed the details of daily life for Esther as she learns how to become the queen of an empire. Garrett portrays all too well the limitations women faced in the past, and how even today women are still learning how to identify themselves in our ever-changing society. The footnotes were wonderful, and I really liked how every once and again I got referred to the back of the book to read the corresponding article. Some of the points hit home, and there is a lot of food for thought for women of every culture and age. I highly recommend this book, as it offers a rare glimpse of an ancient queen - not just because she survived her circumstances - but because her bravery and honor continue to inspire and embolden us to the present day. This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sunflower
    2019-05-21 09:47

    When I first started reading, "The Chosen" it was because, like many, I adore Esther; A woman, whom, each year, is remember and celebrated during the Festival of Purim.We are all familiar with her; What she did can be read in it's own book in the Bible and there is even a bible study devoted to her. What Ginger Garrett, has done, is taken Esther to a more personal level, with her book,"The Chosen".Although Ginger Garrett's book, "The Chosen", is a fictional, what might have happen, it helps pull the reader into the life and times that surrounded the real Esther and gives us a glimpse at what Esther must have thought, saw and worked with, as she was led on an unimaginable destiny that she never dreamed she would be guided through.Richly filled with imagery of Xerxe's rule and the politics and custom of the times, "The Chosen", was a joy to read, though for the more sensitive and conservative readers, I will warn ahead of time, there is no language, but there is very subtle, implied tones in some of the passages, but never fear, it is still a respectable reading and you'll find yourself quickly caught up in the suspense and trials that Esther finds herself enduring.I did feel that the story of Esther was strong enough on it's own without the need for the pre-story setup or the minor storyline that is interweaved in,"The Chosen", but overall, this is really a wonderful book that left me looking forward to Ginger Garrett's other books.Well written and filled with strong minor characters and a wonderful imagining of the events that eventual came together to bring us the story of Esther as we all have encounter in our biblical studies, "The Chosen", is a must read, if you are looking for a book to pack on vacation or just to cozy up, late at night with and relax. Run, don't walk, to your local bookstore and grab yourself a copy and let yourself be lost in the story, "The Chosen".

  • Jasmine
    2019-04-22 10:29

    I had already read one of the other Lost Loves Of The Bible books so I rather knew what to expect from Ginger Garrett. I wasn't disappointed at all by Chosen. I do have to admit that Esther was a bit easier to root for than Jezebel was.Not exactly your usual story of Esther. This Esther isn't quite so impossibly sweet and perfect. No, she sneaks out to spend time with the boy she hopes to marry, uses her feminine wiles, loves another even after she is married, and counts the dead enemies of the Jews. Chosen tells it more like it must have been, honestly, more like the Bible says. Things aren't sugarcoated, neither are they gratuitous. One of the things I found fascinating was the the entire process of beautification that these girls had to go through. This wasn't just a year of bubble baths, scented candles, and getting their nails done. These girls had to work hard! It's no wonder it took an entire year!Chosen chronicles Esther's life from life with Cousin Mordecai just before she is taken to Xerxes palace, through the year long process of beautification and learning how to seduce a king, on to Haman's dastardly plot and Esther's bravery, and finishing at the end of Xerxes reign. The book has some fascinating notes that inspired this history-lover to do some online research and reading about that era, Xerxes reign, and known family.A book well worth reading, Chosen will leave you wanting to re-read the book of Esther with new eyes and maybe a little different perspective.Favorite Quote from Chosen“G-d has left us no room for the awe of man” Mordecai pg. 181Note: This book has some subject matter that isn't suitable for children. Esther IS part of a harem after all.(I received this book from the Publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)

  • Gaile
    2019-05-14 12:48

    Written in diary form, this is supposedly an artifact found in Iran. Hadassah is a poor orphaned girl under the care of her guardian Mordecai. She has never seen a mirror so is unaware of her beauty. When the King Of Persia sends out an order for young beautiful virgins to be bought to his palace Hadassah is chosen as one of them. In love with another, she is given no choice. Daily her guardian waits at the gate to the palace while Hadassah whose name is now changed to Ishtar or Esther which mean Star is readied for the King. She pleases him and he makes her his queen. Placed in a position she doesn't want and finding her former love to be now one of the imperial guards, Esther falls back on her faith to keep her strong. When the king orders genocide on her people she knows she must risk death to save them. She decides God must have put her inside the royal palace to be a sacrifice to her people. This novel is smoothly written and very peaceful but I could not help thinking there was something missing. Esther never writes of hatred, resentment or revenge. She is accepting of all that happens to her without rebellion. Although there is rebellion, she doesn't show it and writes of it only in passing. To me, this makes her less than human. She shows a wisdom few young women possess. Although I enjoyed the novel, I would have liked to see more emotion. Esther's struggle toward wisdom, faith and peace hardly seems to be a struggle at all and too smooth to be believable.There are prologues and afterwords in this one about the role of women in society and history and also about the underground sex trade.Long ago I read a YA book about Esther I liked better. This book is now being reprinted. It is Behold Your Queen by Gladys Malvern. This remains a favorite of mind to this day.

  • C4l
    2019-04-25 11:39

    *3.5Plot: Good. Esther is one of my favorite books in the Bible, and her story is already amazing. The author stuck to the actual plot decently well, so overall the plot was pretty good. However, I didn't appreciate the ending(view spoiler)[Esther's servant assassinates the king and betray's Esther (hide spoiler)]. It wasn't in the Bible(at least, I think) and it didn't really add much to the story.Characters: Esther is also one of my favorite Bible characters, so from the get-go I already know and love her. However, I think that the author could have done more with Esther. Yes, she's beautiful; yes, she's kind; yes, she's different from the other girls in the palace. We already know that from the Bible. The point of writing this novel is to add to what's already written, make us feel more deeply for Esther, and I don't think this book accomplished that.Style: Decent. It's in a diary format, so everything is from Esther's POV. Like the character herself, this area is merely decent. It doesn't necessarily take away from the overall impression, but it doesn't really add either. I think parts could have been more dramatic (Esther and Mordecai's famous "you became queen for such a time as this....if I perish, I perish" conversation, Esther going to the kind uncalled, etc.) and other parts could have been skipped over more (more mature content about the harem, etc.). Also, God was always present in the story, but his actual importance could have been highlighted more.Overall: decent. Not many write biblical fiction, so kudos for that. However, while the story was good, it wasn't great. It wasn't excessively boring, annoying, or stupid, but it wasn't excellent, thought-provoking, or exciting either.

  • Pat
    2019-05-18 06:21

    Queen Esther is known as one of the most revered and respected in Christendom. Her courage and dedication to her God set her apart and lift her up as an example for women everywhere. King Xerxes believes he has everything he could ever want until Esther teaches him, with her pure and honest heart, that satisfaction of the flesh is nothing compared to peace of the soul.The inspirational story of these Biblical characters in diary format is told in a way that lays Esther’s heart and soul bare to the reader. From her simple life as a teen experiencing the flutter of first love, through her dramatic lifestyle change as she is prepared for her night with the king, and on to her role as queen, Ginger Garrett explores Esther’s deepest fears, unfailing faith, and divine destiny.The author weaves a tale, based on Biblical truth, of love and devotion tainted by deceit and betrayal. Besides an entertaining read, this novel facilitates an understanding of the morality, politics, and religious beliefs of the times in ancient Persia. The vivid descriptions of palace life were well done. Each character is depicted in such a manner that the reader is transported back in time. The vivid descriptions of palace life were well done. Each character is depicted in such a manner that the reader is transported back in time. I found the interactions between the characters to be believable due to Miss Garrett’s skilled use of realistic dialogue. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to supplement their study of the Bible with the enjoyment of quality Biblical fiction.I received this book from David C Cook through Fred St Laurent at The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

  • Becky
    2019-05-18 10:41

    I have always loved the story of Esther. She has been my biblical hero for as long as I can remember. I was so happy to stumble across this retelling.Aspects of the book were great. Others were not. Because of that, the most I can give is a 3.5-star rating.The entire story is written as diary entries. This method actually worked for me. It was different and held my attention. However, I hated the insertion of “current news related to the diaries.” These entries were a colossal disruption to the flow of the story. When I stopped reading these, midway through the story, I became a much happier reader.I loved how the author took what little we know about Esther’s life and expanded upon it. I remember being a teenager so I really believed the feelings she had for Cyrus—a fictional character. The necessity of having to overcome those feelings in order to give her heart to King Xerxes would not have been a stretch. I personally believe that when she gave her heart to him, she did so completely. As the story progressed, this Esther spent way too much time pining for her lost love. I think the story would have been stronger had Cyrus not been reintroduced. I believe that choice really diminished the feelings that Esther would have had for her husband. I understand that the idea was to provide more drama later in the story, but to me it proved to be a major stumbling block to the story’s believability. I look forward to reading more works by this author.

  • Carolyn Gelb
    2019-04-23 06:36

    The Lost Diaries of Queen EstherI found the book, Chosen, the Lost Diaries of Queen Esther by Ginger Garrett, to be creative historical fiction and well written. The details of Persian and Biblical times were just fascinating to me and it made me feel really appreciative of Esther and the time period in which she lived. Because it can be risky to mix Bible facts with historical fiction, it encouraged me to reread the book of Esther to see if Ginger Garrett was true to the Biblical story and how much license she was taking, if any. I found that she was generally very true to the Biblical account. She embellished the story, however, by adding a romantic element that had Esther still thinking about Cyrus, upon whom she had a childhood crush, while she was Xerxes’ queen.By reading the book, I took away the following applications: (1) Believers are to make use of the opportunities to serve that God provides. By her obedience Esther won for her nation (Israel) a great deliverance and God used her as an instrument to accomplish his purposes. (2) In Haman’s downfall we are reminded that there is such a thing as righteous retribution (Deut 32:43). God is faithful to his promises and He exercises dominion over His world to keep his word. This is a Good read! Thank you David C Cook Publishers for offering it free in exchange for my honest opinion and BookFun.org that made it all happen! Carolyn

  • Leah
    2019-05-06 05:21

    Chosen tells the story of Queen Esther. Chosen reads like it is the diary of Esther, a Jewish girl who is chosen to be a part of the King’s harem. Many of us know the story of Queen Esther, but this novel opens up the possibility of what Esther’s life may have been like, living in the king’s harem. Her life in the palace was not an easy life. Esther is torn from her life with her cousin Mordecai, leaving behind her first true love, Cyrus. Esther does not wish to be in the king’s harem, but since she is there, she decides to accept where she’s at. After several months of preparations, Esther is brought before the King, where she challenges him to give her his heart. Sealing her place as queen, Esther then finds herself caught in the middle of a plot to overthrow the king and destroy her people. Esther must soon find her courage to confront the king and stop the plans of the conspirators.I have always loved the biblical story of Queen Esther, and reading this fictional tale of her was equally pleasing. The author does a great job of bringing Esther’s story to life. I loved that it was written like a diary, so we could see what Esther’s innermost thoughts were. While this was a fictional novel, the author does a great job of including the biblical facts as well. I highly recommend reading the Bible book of Esther as well.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions stated are my own.

  • Lori Twichell
    2019-05-15 08:29

    Chosen brings a completely new spin to the life of Queen Esther. Imagine that Queen Esther kept a running diary of her story on scrolls and that, centuries later, these scrolls were found. This allows you to experience the hopes, dreams and fears of Esther from a first-hand perspective. Ginger Garrett does a brilliant job capturing the thoughts and the voice of the famous queen. Even as a queen, the frightened young girl shows through just enough for the reader to remember where Esther’s story began, but also gives you insight into the mind of a Queen.Taking such a well known story and giving it a new spin is always a gamble. This can be especially difficult when you’re putting words into the mouth of a Biblical character. This is how I approached Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther. I grew up with Esther as that role model and, since she’s a favorite of mine, I approached this story with some trepidation. Thankfully, my worries and concerns over the possible downfalls of the story were not founded. Garrett managed to give this story a beautiful twist that allows faithful Esther devotees a new perspective on a beloved tale. Filled with beautiful description, amazing characters and, most importantly, the great queen’s voice, this is a story you don’t want to miss.Review copy provided by David C. Cook.

  • Cherie Kasper
    2019-04-25 06:32

    Esther is a child of God from the day she was born. Her life was hard growing up, even after Mordecai, her cousin, rescued her from being an orphan. Tending sheep and selling meat in the market was the daily life that Esther knew, and was fairly content with until her 16th birthday when Cyrus showed his interest in her. Soon Cyrus revealed that he wanted her to be his wife, when his father knew this he took matters into his own hands. The fate of Esther was sealed with a knock on the door one night. From that night on Esther was part of the King's life, in his palace, at his beck and call. Esther had been advised by Mordecai to not let anyone know that she was a Jew, until the right time anyway.This is a story of intrigue, in and out of the palace, war, love, hate, inspiration, betrayal, faith, mourning and revelation. Ginger Garrett, the author, told the story of Esther from the Bible and the news articles about the Lost Diaries and then wove them all together with her own words to complete a fascinating picture of everyday life for Esther. I have completed a bible study of Esther in the past and this story added so much to the pictures in my mind of what it was like for Esther to be the Queen in that day and time. I interest was captured from the first words to the end. I really enjoyed reading it.I received a copy of the book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.

  • Nora St Laurent
    2019-04-25 05:49

    I saw the movie "One Night with the King" which made me want to read this book. This author gives details that the movie couldn’t show; but it did give a visual to the palace and how it is laid out. It was unimaginable. Ginger does extensive research in preparing to write this novel. I appreciated the fact that this author shares about life in the palace and how things are run. It was mind boggling. It was surprising how lonely life could get living in the palace. This author showed how brave and smart Queen Ester was. She brought the queen and this situation to life. There were a few surprises in the preparation women went through to be with the King one night. This makes for a fascinating read and one that is also good for a book club pick.Disclosure of Material Connection:I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

  • Rhonda Gayle
    2019-05-09 09:23

    My Review: I opened the cover of Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Estherand I was drawn into the story. I love journaling and so the style of the text was very appealing to me. I could feel Esther's emotions and thought of the the fear she experienced as well as anger. She was torn from her home and all that she loved and forced to go to the palace and become one of many wives of King Xerxes. There was naturally jealousy and competition among the women who were vying for the crown. Esther had a choice to make: stay and work to win the king's heart and become the queen or be dumped into a harem and serve as a breeder for the king. The story of Queen Esther has always been a favorite Bible story of mine. My daughters named three kittens after Queen Esther when they were young! I have pulled my Bible out and compared the story in the Bible to Ginger Garrett's version. Of course, she has taken license to add details that may or may not be entirely accurate, but she has obviously researched very well. She is bringing the Bible to life for readers in a sensitive and intelligent way. I was given a free copy of this book from bookfun.org (The Book Club Network) in exchange for my honest review.

  • Erika
    2019-04-30 10:45

    After reading this book, I feel like I understand the book of Esther so much better. This is a historical fiction which is written as journal entries by Esther. After I finished the book I read my bible study guide to see if some of the detail in the book were really true and they were. Obviously, the every day details were fictional and the holes in the account we don't know from the bible, but much of what the author writes about how life was at the palace I am sure is true. Esther went through a purification process before meeting the king where she was rubbed with oils and pampered physically and also taught the ways of the court. Her beauty caught the attention of the king but I also like to think like the book says that he liked her conviction to her moral standards and didn't try to seduce the kings like all the other girls that went to him but wanted him to respect her which probably would have caught the king off guard since most of the girls going to him were only trying to satisfy him physically. Anyway, I liked how this book brought the story of Esther to life. I thought for the most part it was well-done. This would be a fun book club read.

  • Jiuna Wang
    2019-04-26 04:49

    This is a really interesting book. And a really like the author tell the story as the character's journal. and the queen Esther which is still in bible. so it really helped me understanding the bible. and i think the queen Esther is really brave and i am sure that i should learn from her. i still remember that when i try to borrow a book form my host mom and she asked me what kind of book do you want to read. and i said the easiest one and she gave me this book. and she said this book is really easy to understand and it is a really good book. and when i start reading it i can't really stop.the author wrote it very detail and a lot of Esther's troughs and it is really easy to understand.Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen EstherChosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther