Praises for From an Orphan to a Queen; Esther

Titi Horsfall, with the novel, From an Orphan to a Queen, has gained a firm position among some of the good and upcoming creative writers emerging in this country.
The novel is the story of Esther the Jewish beauty, an orphan who rose to become the Queen of the Emperor. Soldiers had brutally murdered her parents and made her and other Jews captives. Even in captivity, she held on faithfully trusting the Jewish God as her guiding light and protector, unswervingly. This eventually paid-off in the events and circumstances which singled her out of captivity to become the Empress of the Emperor whose soldiers had captured her and other Jews and made them prisoners of war.
Titi Horsfall with her fictive narrative skill has brought to life and relevance centuries old biblical story to lovers of good literature.
I wish Titi Horsfall a most successful writing career which this her first novel certainly portends.

–    Dr Gabriel Okara; Novelist and Poet

Your World: Healthy and Natural review of From an Orphan to a Queen: Esther

I will always be a fan of courageous women. That is why this book, From an Orphan to a Queen by Titi Horsfall caught my eye. This is a story about the courageous heroine of the Old Testament in the Bible–Esther…

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Titi, I hope we can write a book together in the future.
I don’t know anyone that has your imaginative ability.
You’ll hear comments like this more often from many
sources soon. Count on it.

–    Onochie Izuora,

 

 This work is well written and well researched. I am impressed by the depth of the work and the different historical contexts that were weaved into the Esther story that we all know so well.

—Pastor Bola Odutola, RCCG, Solid Rock Parish

 

This is a beautiful book! I am excited that Titi Horsfall has joined the experts in the literary world. The language, the write-up, the use of word definitely is for scholars in the literary world, and I congratulate her sincerely for this book.

—Dr. Martha Akpana, PhD in educational administration; Bible scholar

Tell the Truth Reviews review of From an Orphan to a Queen: Esther

Although I’ve heard and read the story of Esther many times, this book brought Esther and her story to life for me in a whole new way. Sometimes the Old Testament stories get a little jumbled and confusing for me, because there are so many foreign names and places, and I find them hard to relate to at times…

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Certificate of Merit awarded to Titi Horsfall, for outstanding achievement in writing the manuscript titled From an Orphan to a
Queen: Esther.

—Deep River Books 2011 Writer’s Contest

 

Queen Esther is surely a masterpiece! Putting it down was tough. Despite my tight official schedules here, I finished it in three nights. Titi, my heartfelt prayers is for you to clinch a Nobel Prize at a younger age than many before you.

– Sola Izuora

 

Titi Horsfall presents this generation a well-written and captivating novel that tells the famous story of a Jewish captive who ultimately becomes queen of the Medo-Persian Empire in the 6th century BC. Though the story is adapted from the book of Esther, Horsfall weaves a compelling story against the backdrop of historical facts and Biblical dialogue that not only flows effortlessly with the classic account, but enhances the tale in a way that connects readers to the emotions, the subtleties, and the profundity of all that Esther experienced as she intercedes for her people at the precipice of their extinction.
This novel is infused with historical information that develops the storyline in such a way that the reader is constantly learning new things about ancient culture and expanding their knowledge of antiquated Biblical history. These facts are seamlessly integrated, making each new discovery delightful and informing while adding strength to the story itself. It is a well-researched book in terms of ancient culture, geography, and monarchies.
Another appealing aspect of this novel is the level of scripture included, which contributes a clear, chronological picture of when and how Biblical events took place. From the integration of Old Testament prophecies fulfilled during the reign of Esther, to the inclusion of concurrent events recorded in the book of Daniel, to the psalms sung by the Jewish slaves, many Biblical accounts are perfectly synthesized for an optimal understanding of contemporary culture as it pertained to the Jews during Darius’ reign.
Horsfall’s usage of imagery is superb as she beautifully paints extravagant palaces and royal gardens to life and her ability to transform traditional characters into tender individuals is outstanding. As she breathes new life into static figures that we all feel we know, we begin to see ancient Persia as a place not so different from the cultures we claim as our own, and we begin to see the players not so different from ourselves with our myriad of emotions and fears.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone hoping to gain a fresh perspective on a story to which many have become desensitized, due to the broad strokes in which it has been illustrated by many at quick Sunday school lessons or children’s cartoon. One idea that arrested me time and time again while reading From an Orphan to a Queen was that the importance of Esther’s story is unable to be overemphasized. If it were not for Mordecai’s devotion to God and Esther’s willingness to die for her people, the Jewish race might not exist today. It is a fantastic story that causes me to reflect on God and His legendary greatness, and Horsfall’s novel inspires deeper reflection on His wisdom, sovereignty and grace.

– UCHE IZUORA

Praise for Influence of a King

You can’t escape your destiny!
Titi Horsfall’s unique style of writing, knitting fiction and facts, while fusing European and African history into one complete, plausible narrative on a scale like this, is not common among creative writers. Readers will certainly discover that this is a very interesting story about predestination. When God has destined you for a purpose that may be pleasant or unpleasant, however you may try, you cannot avoid it. Well done, Titi.

—Dr. Gabriel Okara, Africa’s renowned poet and novelist

 

“Horsfall’s novel reads with breathless ease. . . .
This is fiction at its heart warming best.”

Titi Horsfall’s Influence of a King is an ambitious, adventurous novel, a narrative of colonial history, British Empire, World War II, a lost African grandson accidentally finding his roots, a girl who is an outcast and the uncommon love divinely ordained between them, in an improbable time and place. It is also, and deeply, a story of God’s hands in the affairs of men as He directs them within the compass of His own making, especially when such men and women align with His divine will. Horsfall’s novel reads with breathless ease. The range of her subject is glorious and the verisimilitude created is stunning in bringing disparate people together in harmonious conflict, which is deftly resolved to give this novel, her second, a marvelous glow. This is fiction at its heartwarming best.

—Anote Ajeluorou, The Guardian, Lagos, Nigeria

 

Influence of a King is a masterpiece. One finds a beautiful interplay of the history of the British monarchy, the colonial control in Africa, and fiction concerning families in Liverpool and Nigeria’s Niger Delta. The story of Chad and Kanyam is captivating. I recommend it to everyone who desires to experience God’s steadfast love, faithfulness, and special grace in all times of great challenges. He never fails! Congratulations, Titi Horsfall.

—Martha I. Akpana PhD, Educational management; author and marriage counselor

 

Influence of a King is a painstaking work by a great literary mind gifted with a rare, keen sense of history. The novel assumes a sophisticated reader who has a world view of history and more. Truly a mind-broadening novel. More grease, Titi.

—Victor Eromosele, CEO, M. E. Consulting Limited

 

Titi is a gifted writer who, with seeming ease, uses elegant prose to bring history to life. She achieved this beautifully with her first book, and has done it again with Influence of a King. In this book, Titi strings together facts in a fictional setting, in a plot spread across three continents, to create a fascinating tale of power, passion, and purpose. Influence of a King reminds us that God is at work in the affairs of men today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow.

—Koko Kalango, CEO, Rainbow Book Club; project manager, Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014

 Praise for Reflections

It has become the vogue for writers to dwell on the fortunes of Nigeria – the failure of her leader to lift the country from the marshes of squalor and ignorance, the confounding and almost lethargic subservience of her citizens ever willing to accommodate new forms of psychological and physical torture, the dangerous romance with religious bigotry in a supposedly secular society, and the peculiar band of ethnic chauvinism which our leaders so brazenly peddle.

Those are not the poet’s major preoccupation here. In this collection, Titi Horsfall offers a fresh new perspective on life. In poem after poem she reminds us of the things that make us truly human- little significant things like a smile, a listening ear, or a ‘thank you’. Her poetry appeals to the inner sublime essence in us even as they reject the uncouth vulgarity that is a regular feature of urban life in Nigeria.

Again another departure from the norm: Titi in this collection revives an almost dying practice- the rhyming scheme. In a lot of the poems in the collection, the poet deftly weaves one rhyming couplet after another. The beauty of this is that the end rhymes are unobstructive. They do not call attention to themselves and do not come across as contrived, thus underscoring the great labour that went into them and confirming the maturity of craft.

Titi’s poetry sizzles with so much zest for life and hope in humanity. Her deep devotion to life’s eternal truths infuse the poems with a warmth difficult to overlook. This is a first collection, but the poems hold so much promise. I am convinced that we have not heard the last of Titi Horsfall. As she confesses: ’tis hard, I must say/ that there is no way/I can express my joy and grief/ and bring myself relief/ unless I write a poem/and watch my heart bloom. I bet you almost did not notice the rhyme. That is how subtle it is. And it can only get better!

Emeka Agbayi