HadassahOne Night with the King
Bestselling author Tommy Tenney expands the extraordinary story of Esther like no novelist has done before. Both a thriller and a Jewish woman's memoir, Hadassah takes readers to ancient Persia (now known as Iraq), into the inner sanctum of the palace and back out into the war zones of battle and political intrigue. This gripping drama of a simple peasant girl chosen over many more qualified candidates to become Esther, Queen of Persia, captures the imagination and fires the emotions of men and women alike.
We Review Hadassah - Jo Pountney (Eden.co.uk Writer)
The story of Esther takes place against a beautiful backdrop. Historical research has created a stunning setting for Tenney's novel. Esther's life is a mosaic and way that each part of story is woven in Hadassah is unusual and the best thing about the book. A number of elements of the book are far from perfect, it's not a literary masterpiece and Tommy Tenney has taken the biblical story and allowed his imagination to run away with it - but you need to remember that this is fiction. Good fiction needs a great imagination and I found myself seeing Esther and her life and legacy in a new way that made me appreciate the biblical book in a different way than I had before.
Hadassah isn't a commentary - it's a story based on historical research and inspired by part of the greatest story ever told. I enjoyed feeling part of Esther's world, the detail at times was maybe more than I needed know and a couple of times it interrupted the storytelling but mostly it's well crafted and helps you picture her surroundings. It does have a slow start that was more about setting the scene, and initially and I almost stopped reading but I'm glad to have kept going - it was worth it.
Hadassah - One Night with the King - Karen, mother of teenage children and loves reading in spare time and on holidays
I absolutely loved this book and wished that Tommy Tenney could write some more books like this. It totally opened my eyes to the book of Esther and had such depth and insite into the way of life at that time. This book was full of passion and intrigue and I would definitely recommend it.