Author: Sarah Monzon
Publisher: Radiant Publications
Published: November 2, 2017
The daughter of missionaries, Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan with whom she spent her childhood. After completing her education in the United States, she returns to the desert to pursue that dream—only to learn her parents have been receiving threats from within the community they serve. As the danger escalates, Hannah must decide how far she’ll go to stay faithful to a calling that could cost her everything.
As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravages the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, some of his people believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep Hannah and her parents safe—even if the only solution is to be found within marriage vows.
In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, where Christianity is outlawed and foreigners suspect, will Karim and Hannah’s union heal wounds . . . or inflict a final, fatal blow?
Old Testament history meets Twenty-first Century tensions in this compassionate, tender inspirational romance.
This book is unbelievably beautiful. As a wordsmith, I rarely find myself unable to express my thoughts through the written word, but The Esther Paradigm has proven there is a first time for everything. I picked up The Esther Paradigm while reading other books, and this story captivated me so much that I finished reading it quicker than other ones I was in the middle of and that I completely put those others aside so I could read Mozon’s story in its entirety. Putting aside those other books so I could read The Esther Paradigm with my entire focus on the book was worth the delay on the others.
The Esther Paradigm is quite simply one of the best novels–independently or traditionally published–that I have ever read. From her use of metaphors to her descriptive prose to her realism to her complex and unique story, Monzon used every writing technique to its best ability in this story. I was immersed in the Bedouin culture from the first page of The Esther Paradigm; one of my favorite aspects of this book, in fact, is that I became so interested in a culture and location that previously I knew nothing about. If I come across another story set in this culture or location, I’ll be much more open to reading it thanks to Monzon’s book. The Biblical aspect of The Esther Paradigm sold this book to me above all because I love connecting with and learning about my faith as much as I can when I read Christian fiction.
I have high hopes that this book will win awards next year, if only so that more readers will hear about The Esther Paradigm. Mozon has climbed her way to the top of my list of authors whose books I would buy without even reading the back cover. Well done, Ms. Monzon!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.