Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar

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The prophet Nehemiah's cousin can speak numerous languages, keep complex
accounts, write on rolls of parchment and tablets of clay, and solve great mysteries.
There is only one problem: she is a woman.

In her early childhood years,
Sarah experienced the death of her mother and her father's subsequent emotional
distance and she came to two conclusions: that God does not care about her, and
that her accomplishments are the measure of her worth - the measure of her self.

the talented scribe and cousin to Nehemiah, is catapulted into the center of the
Persian court, working too many hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and solving
intrigues for the Queen. Ironically, it isn't failure but success that causes Sarah
to lose her only source of external validation.

Sarah soon learns that
she has something of worth to offer beyond her ability with languages and sums -
her very being proves to be a blessing to others particularly the aristocrat, Darius, she
was given to in marriage.

Sarah and Darius' story continues in Harvest
of Gold.
Darius may be able to learn to love his wife, but can he ever learn
to trust Sarah and her Lord?


About Tessa Afshar

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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, lived there for the first fourteen years of her life, and attended an English boarding school for girls 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 cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last twelve years in full- and part-time Christian work.
Published May 1, 2012 by River North. 374 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Sarah is a Jew in ancient Persia, cousin of Nehemiah, and the daughter of the scribe Simeon, whose attention she wins only when she proves to possess literary abilities of her own.

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When the Queen gives Sarah an unusual task, instead of bringing a blessing, her fortuitous success causes Sarah to lose her only validation.

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Sarah serves the queen but finds herself far beyond the depth of her social skills as she moves among the Persian nobility.

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Sarah believes she has reached the pinnacle --- a station in life beyond her wildest dreams, doing the work she loves (and in the palace, no less).

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This is no excuse to use the Greek term for courtesan, hetaera, nor to give this character the Greek name for Athens’ most famous woman of that calling – unless something were made of her Greek origins.

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But, since I see that the story is to be continued in Afshar’s next book, I’ll hold my peace and wait to read more about Darius and Sarah when it releases.

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