Powerful Retelling of the Story of Esther
In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz.
Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric’s compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy.
Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp’s prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?
My thoughts and giveaway:
Wow. I don’t know what else to say.
This book is a masterpiece, truly beautiful.
If you love Esther’s story in the Bible, if you love historical fiction, if you love romance, if you are intrigued by WWII, by the suffering the Jewish people endured, then you will LOVE this book.
I did Beth Moore’s study of Esther a few year ago and I think that really gave me a deeper understanding of the characters in this book. That is a powerful study.
Stella’s (Hadassah) story is amazing. The strength she has to face her enemy, to live with the enemy and feel herself fall in love with enemy and then to wonder if he really is enemy at all? What is Aric’s story? There is something about him that doesn’t add up to he monsters who are killing the Jews.
I love Stella’s struggle with Christianity, and her friends who have shared Jesus with her in the past. Jesus is stirring in her even when she wants to deny Him.
Honestly, when I first got the book I was worried I would regret requesting it….well, there are no regrets here. And you won’t have any either if you pick this one up. So why don’t you 🙂 I give this one a big 5 stars.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.