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The Reluctant Queen
The Story of Esther

About four or six weeks ago, I sent the first draft of my newest book, The Reluctant Queen-The Story of Esther– to my four readers. These four people are generous enough to read the word document online and tell me what they think. It’s not editing I want from them. Instead I’m looking for honest reactions by people who love reading a great story.

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“Claudia Procula - wife of one of the most controversial figures in ancient history - comes alive to twenty-first-century readers in a groundbreaking novel.”

TOP SHELF REVIEWS 5 STARS

ABOUT LIN WILDER


Lin Wilder is the author of the Lindsey McCall medical mystery series:The Fragrance Shed By A Violet, Do You Solemnly Swear? A Price for Genius, Malthus Revisited and Plausible Liars scheduled for release in spring of 2022. Lin’s ancient novel series includes I, Claudia, My Name is Saul, and The Reluctant Queen. Her memoir, Finding the Narrow Path, recounts her journey away from God and back again. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including six Feathered Quills, six IAN’s, four NABE Pinnacles, four NN Lights, two Top Shelf and two Readers Favorite Best Books. She lives on the central coast of California with her husband and dogs.

Signed copies of her books can be purchased at linwilder.com. Her weekly blog ranks in the first third of the top 100 Christian blogs and book reviews

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REVIEWS

My Name Is Saul is more than a conversation between two men. In a dark and dank prison cell, on their last night together, a foreboding vigil occurs. Yet, their last hours together forge an unbreakable and eternal bond of friendship. The hearts and souls of the characters are exposed. Emotions are felt; at times unspoken thoughts speak louder than the dialogue. The reader is taken on a journey through time, traveling down the road of Saul’s past to the finality of Paul’s present. Using insightful and creative liberties…

Readers Favorite (5 stars)

Wilder (The Fragrance Shed by a Violet) provides a fresh, entertaining take on one of the lesser-known women of the Bible: Claudia Procula, daughter of the last Oracle of Pythia in Delphi and wife of Lucius Pontius Pilate. Told from their alternating perspectives, the story begins with Claudia recognizing in adolescence that she is gifted with premonitions and a knack for academics. Meanwhile, Lucius distinguishes himself in battle… Wilder paints a vibrant portrait of biblical times in this enjoyable story

BookLife


I love I, Claudia! This novel is a perfect blend of decription, emotion, expression, and historical connection. Reading from the shifting perspectives of Claudia and Lucius is instantly engaging...

Litpick Book

A simply riveting and truly memorable read from cover to cover, "My Name Is Saul" showcases author Lin Wilder's impressive literary gifts as a natural and accomplished storyteller...

Midwest Book Review

The historical research that went into this book is stunning. And for those like me who love history, it made it a book to remember and recommend for a long time to come. But what may be the most incredible thing is the fact that the author walks that thin line all writers know about without ever falling off.

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