Thursday, August 8, 2013

Harvest of Gold Reaps Great Reading!

 Harvest of Gold  -     
        By: Tessa Afshar
Harvest of Gold, written by Tessa Afshar is the story of Sarah, a Jew and cousin to Nehemiah (rebuilder of the wall in Jerusalem) and Darius, a Persian and one of the King's elite soldiers. In an arranged marriage, the two struggle through numerous episodes of misconceptions and miscommunication to learn to live together.

I don't often read “Biblical fiction,” choosing instead to focus on mysteries or books set between the Civil War and WWII, so I approached the novel with some trepidation. I need not have worried. Vivid descriptions of attire, settings and customs deftly drew me into the time and place of the novel. Sarah and Darius are both a complex combination of stubbornness, pride and insecurity; characters with whom I could easily relate. The story moves forward briskly but not in a rush. Intrigue, suspicion and suspense are introduced when a plot to assassinate King Artaxerxes is uncovered.

Underlying the entire story is the theme of God's unswerving love to each one of us - how He reaches down to meet us where we are and walk with us every step of life's journey. The book gave me a lot of food for thought without being preachy. I highly recommend it. What books have you read that struck such a strong chord with you?

--Linda Matchett


  1. I haven't read "Biblical fiction" before. Thank you for the recommendation!

  2. If you're really interested in reading books by this author, book one of this series, Harvest of Rubies, is currently free at amazon. Here's the link for anyone interested:

  3. This is a very arresting book cover. I'd be interested in who did the cover.

  4. Thanks for the post Linda. I'm not naturally drawn to Biblical fiction, but whenever I've read one I've been pleased.

  5. Tessa also has a stand alone book about Rahab called Pearl in the Sand.