Book Review

‘Harvest of Gold’ by Tessa Afshar

HOG TASTORY: 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.

REVIEW: I must say that if I haven’t read ‘Harvest of Rubies’ first, this story would have not been as enjoyable, so I highly recommend you read it first. Sarah and Darius’s story begins with that book and to understand it better, you need to know its beginning.

This beautiful tale is not just for all of those that are fans of Biblical fiction. It’s a tale for everyone who enjoys a well told story of  times past, women that lived in them and loved their people and their men.

In ‘Harvest of Gold’ we continue to follow the marriage of Sarah and Darius as they build upon it. These were some complex characters and times in which they lived, so I didn’t envy either the characters or Ms. Afshar’s telling of their tale.

There were times I was frustrated with both, but in the end this well-written, well-researched book won me over with its time period, its secret plots, and perfect pace.

*Melanie for b2b.

*Book provided by publisher through NetGalley.

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