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Review: The Esther Paradigm

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Review: The Esther Paradigm

The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Radiant Publications
Publication Date: November 2, 2017

Talk about can’t put down fiction!!! The Esther Paradigm is a gem with a message that sometimes friendship can be the starting point when a big conversation needs to take place. And, if we follow God’s call on our lives, we will see his hand and hear his voice even in the little things that happen daily.

Hannah Pratt lived with a Bedouin community from the time she was seven. Her best friend, Karim, was the son of the sheik. She left for six years to finish her schooling so that she could return to teach the people she considers her family. Upon her return, she is rescued once again from a desert sandstorm by Karim and she discovers that her parents have left a few details out of their letters – namely that they have been threatened, and someone among the people they love is doing all they can to scare them off.

Karim has inherited the position of sheik in Hannah’s absence. He has married and been widowed, too. With the problems besetting his people, the return of his “kanz” (treasure) is another worry he doesn’t need. When her parents are attacked he sees only one surefire way to protect her and her family. She must marry him.

Can Karim and Hannah get past their cultural differences, or more importantly, their spiritual differences to find a love that never fails? Was Hannah, like Queen Esther, sent to the Bedouin people “for such a time as this”?

I loved the fact that this author didn’t gloss over the difficulties Hannah faced being “yoked to an unbeliever”. Yes, Karim is a good man, an honorable man, a devout man and their friendship has been life-long. Still, there are issues and many are magnified because of where they live. I can’t imagine trying to do the kind of evangelism Hannah’s parents were called to or living in such an inhospitable environment. This book gave me new insight into the Muslim faith, and helped me see it through Christ’s call to love.

Romance lovers will love watching Hannah and Karim fall for one another. There’s enough suspense and danger to keep things interesting for readers who like a little more excitement. This book gets all five stars from me, and believe me, it is well worth the time l spent reading it!!

Rated PG: There is a bit of violence that might be more than a very young reader needs. Overall, though, I didn’t see a lot of problems.

Reviewer’s copy was received from the author. Thank you!


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