July 18, 2014 | By: Cynthia Marcano

Review: A Harvest of Rubies

A Harvest of Rubies
Author - Tessa Afshar
Time It Took for to Read - 1 Day
Rating - 5 out of 5 Stars
Would I Recommend to My Students & Friends:Yes!
The prophet Nehemiah has a cousin who can speak several languages, keep complex accounts, write on rolls of parchment and tablets of clay, and solve mysteries. This cousin is catapulted into the center of the Persian court—working long hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and completing high-level tasks as a scribe for the queen. Not bad, for a woman living in a man's world.

What I Loved...

Everything...that is bold I know. However at this moment I can't think of anything I didn't like! The writing is wonderful. The characters draw you in. I felt like I knew them personally. I got lost in the story. It's everything a Christian Fiction should be. I found myself referencing the bible and seeing it in a different way, almost like I was looking for the buried treasure in the bible. For me, she didn't replace the biblical account, she enhanced it.

The cover is absolutely stunning and even my newborn would stare at it as I read it (sometimes aloud to her).

I do not wish to reference any parts of the book because I feel like I would be robbing you of the experience of reading it.

Oh and I absolutely love Darius...swoon!

What I Liked...

I liked nothing because I loved it all.


If I could give this book 10 stars I would! I absolutely love this book from beginning to end. Author Tessa Afshar is such a gifted writer. Having read In The Field of Grace (click to read my review) and loving it, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was not disappointed. She is not a one hit wonder. Albeit, I am actually reading her books from most recent and going backwards, although not intentionally, I find that her storytelling is still pure gold.

I knew this to be a 2 part book and I was so in love with this book from the very beginning that half way through reading it, I ordered the second book in the series Harvest of Gold.

Let me say this...I am a devout Christian and while I do not need to read Christian Fiction to become engrossed in the bible, I applaud Tessa Afshar for helping me find hidden treasure in it that I would not have been able to see on my own.


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