After nearly a year of marriage to Darius, Sarah has gained Darius' respect, desire, and perhaps even his trust. Her love for him, though, is unrequited. When they discover a plot to assassinate the king, they begin an unexpected journey that will lead them from the king's palace to Jerusalem, a city of broken walls and broken spirits. While Darius investigates the plot behind the thwarted assassination attempt, Sarah serves as a scribe to Nehemiah, her cousin and Jerusalem's new governor. When tragedy strikes Sarah and Darius, their relationship unravels and their only hope lies with the One who can heal all. Once before, God redeemed Sarah's missteps and turned it for her good. Will He do so again? Or is her hope for Darius' heart lost forever?
Harvest of Gold
by Tessa Afshar is the sequel to Harvest of
Harvest of Gold
probably could work as a stand alone novel, I highly recommend
reading Harvest of Rubies
first for greater enhancement of Sarah and Darius' complete story.
Like Tessa Afshar's previous novels, her writing style was lovely and
the settings were realistic, but somehow enchanting at the same time.
I enjoyed reading about the Persian and Jewish civilizations. The
plot's pace as well as a few unexpected elements kept me interested
throughout the story.
My only complaint about this
book was that somehow Sarah and Darius of Harvest
of Gold didn't feel
quite like the same Sarah and Darius of Harvest of
Rubies. Some of this
could have been the switch from first person point-of-view (in
Harvest of Rubies) to
third person point-of-view (in Harvest of Gold).
think it was more of an unprecedented character shift
that was not derived from normal character development and its
subsequent progress. I don't say this to discourage anyone from
reading the books, I say it as a simple word of caution. I LOVED
Harvest of Rubies,
so when Harvest of Gold wasn't
quite what I expected, I was initially a little put off. Obviously,
that feeling passed and I went on to enjoy Harvest
of Gold. I do recommend
both of these books to anyone who enjoys historical Christian
Don't forget! The first three chapters of Harvest of Gold are available for free on Tessa Afshar's blog.
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