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Tessa Afshar’s Harvest of Gold


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.


First off, I LOVED the first book in this series and book two did NOT disappoint. Never have I read a more character driven novel than this one. I didn’t care about anyone else except Sarah and Darius. Nehemiah got a few pages of his own in his point of view, but I’m not going to lie, I quickly flipped those pages because, hey, I’ve read the book of Nehemiah, so I didn’t feel like I missed much. Sarah was still her usual brilliant self, though she does make a mistake that kept me on the edge of my seat. And Darius is hands down one of my favorite male characters ever. In this novel, you begin to see why he is the way he is, as you learn more about his background. Spiritually, we begin to see Darius’ need to know God and Sarah ‘s relationship with God getting deeper. I loved this book and I’ve already reread it twice!

**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

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