Monday, July 22, 2013

Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar -CFBA Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Harvest of Gold
River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2013)
Tessa Afshar


TESSA AFSHAR was voted "New Author of the Year" by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader's Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work.


The scribe Sarah married Darius, and at times she feels as if she has married the Persian aristocracy, too. There is another point she did not count on in her marriage-Sarah has grown to love her husband. Sarah has wealth, property, honor, and power, but her husband's love still seems unattainable.

Although his mother was an Israelite, Darius remains skeptical that his Jewish wife is the right choice for him, particularly when she conspires with her cousin Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Ordered to assist in the effort, the couple begins a journey to the homeland of his mother's people. Will the road filled with danger, conflict, and surprising memories, help Darius to see the hand of God at work in his life-and even in his marriage?

A hidden message, treachery, opposition, and a God-given success, will lead to an unlikely bounty.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Harvest of Gold, go HERE.

My thoughts:  I was a bit skeptical of this book at first.  I mean, I'd read about this period in the Bible and what was she going to say that would be different.  How well would it follow biblical?  Anyway. . . .I read the book.  I loved the book.  I had not heard of the twin part in humans but had a horse that did that!  My horse who had the twins recently died and so that was very sad.  But this book was not sad!  It was a joyful uplifting book!  All the trials going on and they kept the faith, shared the faith, and right wins in the end.  Loved the mystery and mystique of the book.  I don't want  to give away surprises, but the tattooed head was brilliant!

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