Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Book: Harvest of Rubies

Harvest of Rubies

Remarkable Talent Threatens to Cloud a Life

The prophet Nehemiah’s cousin can speak several languages, keep complex accounts, write on tablets of clay, and solve mysteries. Her accomplishments catapult her into the center of the Persian court – working long hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and becoming the queen’s favorite scribe.

Not bad for a woman living in a man’s world: so why does Sarah feel like a failure?

A devastating past has left Sarah with two conclusions: that God does not love her, and that her achievements are the measure of her worth – a measure she can never quite live up to.

Darius Pasargadae is accustomed to having his way. A wealthy and admired aristocrat, the last thing he expects is a wife who scorns him.

Can two such different people help one another overcome the idols that bind them?


I read Tessa's first novel, Pearl in the Sand (my review), and absolutely loved it so I was quick to jump on this one.  The setting is some years after the story of Esther in the kingdom of Persia.  It's fascinating and fast paced.  I read it in less than 24 hours... yes, even with twins!  And along the way it really spoke to me as well.  It definitely has "Christian-ese" in it, but I didn't find it over the top like in some books.  This is another one that will stay in my personal collection!  


If you would like to read the first chapter of Harvest of Rubies, go HERE.

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.

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