This was a very unique Esther story. It didn’t follow the story in the Bible exactly, only loosely. But I found it very intriguing. I absolutely loved the two main characters, Eric and Stella. The way the author introduced Eric made me sigh and go back and re-read it a couple of times. Also, the way she developed Stella and Eric’s relationship was incredible. It was clear how much Eric cared for Stella, even when he wouldn’t admit it to himself.
There was a lot of violence in this book, actually, which I wasn’t expecting. But it certainly made things interesting. For Such a Time also opened my eyes to some of the horrors of the Holocaust. It isn’t a story that will exactly make you feel good about people and human nature in general. But because of the real issues addressed within the novel, it made the plot seem more realistic. Because of these things, I wouldn’t suggest this book to younger readers.
The author was able to keep tension and romance very high throughout the book. It was quite thrilling sometimes. I really enjoyed it. The only objection I would have with the book is that it did not give a clear presentation of the gospel. But, then again, the book of Esther never does mention God once, even though you can see His hand working in it in extraordinary ways…
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
**I did not receive this book from the publishers. The opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.**