Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Harvest of Gold Book 2 by Tessa Afshar BOOK REVIEW

Book 2
Tessa Afshar

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.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802405592
ISBN-13: 978-0802405593
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces

TESSA AFSHAR was born in a nominally Muslim family in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She survived English boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her mid-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 twelve years in full and part-time Christian work and currently serves as the leader of Women’s and Prayer ministries at a church in New England.

   Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar is a magnificent novel. It is a historical novel taken from the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Put in Tessa’s words “Harvest of Gold is a love story. But at its core, it is also a novel about overcoming in the midst of battle.”
  This is book two in a series. The first book was titled Harvest of Rubies. You can read Harvest of Gold without reading Harvest of Rubies, but I think reading both would make your reading experience much richer. All characters are explained in Harvest of Gold, but you would really benefit from the backgrounds of those characters.
  Tessa Afshar is an excellent author and her characters are rich and colorful. She can paint pictures with her words.
  Harvest of Gold tells such a tender love story between man and woman, both also between man and God. It is a precious story that will keep you reading late into the night. Highly recommended.

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Thank you to Moody Publishers/River North for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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