Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Harvest of Gold - A Book Review

Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar is the sequel to Harvest of Rubies.  It picks up right where the first book left off and continues the story of Sarah and Darius.  Even though the main characters are Sarah and Darius, much of the book tells the story of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.  You can see how the love of Sarah and Darius parallels with the rebuilding, which I found very intriguing.

The author really has a unique way of penning a novel that makes the reader feel like they are part of a time period that is long past.  This book gave biblical insight and encouragement and humbled me at how awesome our God is!

If you have not had the chance to read any books by this author I encourage you to do so.  I have not read one that I haven't loved yet.  They are well written, fast paced and keep your interest all the way through.  The historical references are amazing and the characters are well developed.  I can't wait to read more of Tessa's writings!


In Harvest of Gold (Book 2) 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.

Tessa Afshar was voted "New Author of the Year" by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader's Choice Awards 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. Her book, Harvest of Rubies was nominated for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category and World Magazine chose Harvest of Rubies as one of four notable books of the year. Her novel, Harvest of Gold was nominated for the 2014 Christy Award. Tessa was born in Iran to a nominally Muslim family, 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 cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last fifteen years in full-time Christian service in New England.

***This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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