I came across Tessa Afshar’s first novel, a Pearl in the Sand, through a Kindle deal and really enjoyed it. A historical fiction piece following the life of Rahab from the Old Testament turned into an entertaining and enlightening read. After finishing it, I wanted to read more of her work, but quickly realized I would have to wait for her next release a few months down the road. Finally her second novel, Harvest of Rubies, was released and I’m convinced I was the first person to check it out from the library.
Harvest of Rubies follows the story Sarah, a female scribe during the Persian empire. Having lost her mom at a young age, she turned to perfecting her talents as a scribe, talents that would lead her to Persian court, one she isn’t quite prepared for. Afshar does a fantastic job of drawing the reader into this ancient culture and also characters you can’t help but root for. As Sarah slowly discovers that she is worth far more than her skills and talents, Afshar reminds us the same is true for each of us.
There are two things that prove I’m a real fan. One, I’ll still think about the characters a few days later (something us booknerds like to call a book hangover) and wish the story wasn’t done and second it gets added to the “To Be Purchased in Actual Book Form” list. And so far all of Afshar’s books have earned those spots. Plus I love the covers of the books – the colors are so bold and pretty! The good news, the story of Sarah will continue in another book! Be sure to check them out for yourself!