Jewel of Persia by Roseanna M. White
Book blurb from goodreads.com : “How can she love the king of kings without forsaking her Lord of lords? Kasia grew up in a poor Jewish home with more siblings than luxuries. But when a chance encounter forces her to the palace of Xerxes, she becomes a concubine to the richest man in the world. She alone, of all Xerxes' wives, loves the man beneath the crown. She alone, of all his wives, holds the heart of the king of kings. Traveling with Xerxes through Europe as he mounts a war against Greece, Kasia knows enemies surround her, but they’re not the Spartans or Athenians. The threat lies with those close to the king who hate her people. She determines to put her trust in Jehovah even if it costs her her marriage. Years of prayers are answered when Kasia's childhood friend arrives at the palace after the war, but even as she determines to see Esther crowned in place of the bloodthirsty former queen, she knows the true battle is far from over. How far will her enemies go to see her undone? Combining the biblical account of Esther with Herodotus's Histories, Jewel of Persia is the story of a love that nearly destroys an empire . . . and the friendship that saves a nation.”
Read my review: I’ve read several fictionalized versions of Esther’s story, and this one is my favorite, hands down. http://austenitis.blogspot.com/2011/06/jewel-of-persia.html
Why I like this cover: It’s so interesting! The background looks Babylonian to me. The door is so ornamented and it looks like a ton of work went into it! The title is beautiful and perfectly Perisan. But the best part of the cover is the girl, Kasia. Her dark hair and deep red dress are both wonderful, and so is the shawl that she holds casually over her arms. She’s not beaming at you, but almost has a smile. Make sure you note the bracelet on her arm…it plays an important part in the story!
I highly recommend this book, and not just because of the cover. An excellent read!