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.
I am actually really sad that I haven't had time to get to this book yet. I requested it on the strength of the previous two novels I've read by this author and I have high hopes for this one. It's the sequel to Harvest of Rubies, but I don't know how well it stands alone or not. Will definitely be reading it soon and adding my thoughts!
ETA: This book would stand alone as it's been quite awhile since I read the first one, but it's definitely meant to be a sequel and I think you'll get a lot more out of it if you read the other one first. I'm not even sure what I can say for a review that wouldn't give away some of the story. So I'll just say this: this book is going on my very small pile of "keepers".
If you'd like to read the first chapter of Harvest of Gold, 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.
I received this book from CFBA in exchange for my fair and honest review.