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  1. Harvest of Gold
    Harvest of Gold
    Tessa Afshar
    River North / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $11.99 Retail: $14.99 Save 20% ($3.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 17 Reviews
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  1. Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 23, 2013
    Rosie
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the best Biblical fiction novel I have read in a while!

    From the very beginning I knew I was going to enjoy this book. I don't know if it was Sarah or the story that won me over but nonetheless, this book is going on my keeper shelf. I confess, it wasn't until I was half-way through the story that I realized Harvest of Gold is technically a sequel to Harvest of Rubies; however, Harvest of Gold can be read as a stand alone. I only felt confused twice.

    Oh, mercy. I loved Darius. I loved Sarah. They are an awesome couple. Both characters are beautifully written and I thoroughly enjoyed their story. I loved how she portrayed Nehemiah, I thought she did an excellent job bringing to life the man God called to rebuild Jerusalem's walls. He wasn't perfect. He was concerned. But though everything, he trusted in God.

    All in all, this is a marvelous tale! Afshar represents the time period well. I hold such a deep admiration of her characters and I can't wait to see what she releases next! In the meantime, I'll be tracking down a copy of Harvest of Rubies to read. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy Biblical fiction.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through CFBA, in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
  2. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 23, 2013
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Harvest of Gold continues the story of Darius and Sarah that began in Harvest of Rubies. This story is mostly set in Jerusalem when Nehemiah returns to rebuild the walls that had been destroyed by the Babylonians about 100 years before.

    Sarah discovers she is pregnant right before she is set to depart with Darius and her cousin Nehemiah for Jerusalem. If she tells Darius, he will make her stay home and she will miss seeing her ancestral homeland, which she has longed to do. She will also be acting as Nehemiah's scribe, so she will feel useful and enjoy her work. If she keeps her secret, Darius will feel betrayed and her marriage will have another hurdle to overcome. Will she endanger the health of her baby by rough travel?

    Darius, with the help of Sarah, has uncovered a plot to assassinate King Artaxerxes. He is sent by the king to Jerusalem undercover to see if he can discover the originator of the plot. He has no plans to take his wife as he thinks it would be too dangerous. He soon discovers he has been outmaneuvered by Nehemiah and that his wife will be coming along. He doesn't discover her pregnancy until it is too late. He immediately withdraws behind a wall that blocks his emotions.

    As the assassination plot is eventually solved, the marriage between Sarah and Darius continues to stagnate. He refuses to show emotion, which Persians view as weakness. He will listen to nothing to do with his wife's Lord. As he spends more time with her cousin, Nehemiah, his initial dislike for the man turns to respect and admiration. Darius must face demons from his past if he wants a future with his wife. He knows the only One who can help him do this is the Lord. Can he do it?

    I very much enjoyed the conclusion of Sarah and Darius' story. The journey of Darius in the efforts to save his marriage is admirable. We all have demons, but when we face them through God's strength, we will be refined and made better people. I still enjoyed Sarah's witty sarcasm, but also her newfound respect and obedience to her husband. I look forward to more books from this author. I can recommend this entertaining story comprised in both books wholeheartedly.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Biblical Fiction
    July 22, 2013
    Melissa
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I always enjoy reading Biblical fiction and this book was no exception.

    I have wanted to read something by Tessa for a while now but just haven't gotten around to it, but I am glad I finally did with Harvest of Gold.

    Sarah, the main female character, drew me immediately. She is a smart woman who loves her husband but doesn't push him to confess the same love.

    Darius, Sarah's husband, holds back from loving his wife, although it is obvious he does but something is keeping him from fully letting her into his heart. That alone will keep you turning pages.

    The story of Nehemiah is worked into the book as well. I recently heard a message on Nehemiah so hearing the story again from a fictional standpoint was interesting. His complete faith and trust in God is something we should all strive for.

    A great read for anyone who enjoys Biblical fiction.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Illinois
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 22, 2013
    Shelly
    Illinois
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Harvest of Gold is a great book. This is the third book I have read from Tessa Afshar. She is now on my favorite author list. Her characters have strong personalities and you will grow to love them. The scribe Sarah was raised by her father, had little female guidance, and never planned to marry. This led to many of the trials in her life. Sarah's life starts off in Harvest of Rubies and continues into Harvest of Gold. After reading Harvest of Rubies, I waited patiently for Harvest of Gold. It was well worth the wait.
  5. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Author builds depth into plot and characters
    July 12, 2013
    NanaJennifer
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I couldn't put this book down. I kept relating the historic and Biblical plot to current events. I'm hoping a modern day

    Nehemia will rise up and restore America and motivate Christians to a real relationship with the God of the Bible. Good read.

    It is a positive, uplifting and exciting story but the underlying lessons and messages reveal the author's deep and authentic relationship with God and the Word. I'm reading it a second time...
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