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~FREE DOWNLOAD ♳ Harvest of Rubies ⚖ The prophet Nehemiah s cousin has been catapulted into the center of the Persian court working long hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and becoming the queen s favorite scribeNot bad, for a woman living in a man s world But a devastating past has left Sarah believing that God doesn t love her and her achievements are the measure of her worth a measure she can never quite live up toDarius Pasargadae is accustomed to having his way A wealthy and admired aristocrat, the last thing he expects is an arranged marriage to the queen s scribe, an intelligent woman who scorns himCan two such different people help one another overcome the idols that bind them This was AMAZING My first Tessa Afshar book and I absolutely loved it I know I m really going to like a book when the main character is relatable, down to earth, funny, and just plain likable, and Sarah was all of those things Let me just say that I laughed quite a bit when reading this book Everything was great The plot, the characters, the setting, just everything My only small complaint is that I wish the ending of book 2 could have been the ending of this book I didn t think it needed This was AMAZING My first Tessa Afshar book and I absolutely loved it I know I m really going to like a book when the main character is relatable, down to earth, funny, and just plain likable, and Sarah was all of those things Let me just say that I laughed quite a bit when reading this book Everything was great The plot, the characters, the setting, just everything My only small complaint is that I wish the ending of book 2 could have been the ending of this book I didn t think it needed to be split into another book but either way amazing This review is for both books in the series since I stayed up till 4 am reading both novels but this book is a definite 4 stars, maybe 4.5 stars since I m feeling nice not 5 stars because of the other book I look forward to readingof Ms Afshar s novels This was exactly what I was looking for to get me out of my reading slump Great writing, great message, everything was solid Thoroughly enjoyable It is a lovely book with adorable characters Sarah is a wonderful heroine She is a very well developed character, full of contradictions She is brave and vulnerable, self confident and full of self doubt, she acts wise one moment and silly the next She cares deeply for others and at the same time is unable to show them affection And she can be very funny It was impossible not to like Sarah, while reading this book Sarah s story is so compelling, it was difficult for me to put the book dow It is a lovely book with adorable characters Sarah is a wonderful heroine She is a very well developed character, full of contradictions She is brave and vulnerable, self confident and full of self doubt, she acts wise one moment and silly the next She cares deeply for others and at the same time is unable to show them affection And she can be very funny It was impossible not to like Sarah, while reading this book Sarah s story is so compelling, it was difficult for me to put the book down It is a Christian historical fiction novel that takes place in Ancient Persia The historical setting is very well done, the book even contains a few recipes you can try at home and prepare food that could be served at the tables of the Persian nobility All in all, the novel takes readers on a wonderful journey to explore secrets of love, faith and a human heart Highly recommended if you enjoy Christian historical fiction I loved this book In fact, I think Tessa Afshar is quickly becoming a new favorite author for me I love her wit and sense of humor The characters nearly leap off the page The settings, emotions, scenery is real and palpable So why did I only give it 4 stars Because I couldn t bring myself to give it 5 stars since it didn t have a strong biblical storyline The book refers to Nehemiah the biblical prophet and is based on the historical context of Israel s captivity in Persia however, the I loved this book In fact, I think Tessa Afshar is quickly becoming a new favorite author for me I love her wit and sense of humor The characters nearly leap off the page The settings, emotions, scenery is real and palpable So why did I only give it 4 stars Because I couldn t bring myself to give it 5 stars since it didn t have a strong biblical storyline The book refers to Nehemiah the biblical prophet and is based on the historical context of Israel s captivity in Persia however, the details in the plot never enticed me back to the Scriptures My new litmus test for biblical fiction is that it must send me searching for the details in God s Word Which is fact, and which is fiction Did God really say that Did that person really DO that I didn t have any of those questions because none of the main characters were biblical characters, and my PERSONAL PREFERENCE is to read about those folks.Was HARVEST OF RUBIES worth my time to read ABSOLUTELY I examined my heart and let the Lord work some of the lessons in my spirit that Sarah the heroine learned herself In fact, I ll probably read this wonderful again I m fascinated by Tessa s mastery of the writing craft and can t wait to get my hands on her next book When I saw this offered for just 99 cents for the ebook, I had to grab it, and I m so glad that I did I enjoyed Afshar s first novel Pearl in the Sand, but, in my opinion, Harvest of Rubies is evenwell written.Afshar did a superb job with the first person narration, which is my favorite narration style I really felt like I got to know Sarah She was a great character, and her developments over the course of the story came across as very realistic There were a couple of times that she ca When I saw this offered for just 99 cents for the ebook, I had to grab it, and I m so glad that I did I enjoyed Afshar s first novel Pearl in the Sand, but, in my opinion, Harvest of Rubies is evenwell written.Afshar did a superb job with the first person narration, which is my favorite narration style I really felt like I got to know Sarah She was a great character, and her developments over the course of the story came across as very realistic There were a couple of times that she came across as a little too naive, but that really disappeared by the novel s end I was excited because I loved how she is a female scribe to the queen, a task normally reserved for men.Afshar also did a great job on the setting I loved the ancient Persian palace life and interaction with royalty When Sarah has to get married as a gift from the queen, I felt her apprehension, and later, when she must take control of the household and protect her newly found friends, I really came to like her I love when I can picture myself being friends with the main character Speaking of her marriage, I had so many conflicting feelings over her husband, Darius One minutes, I hated him, another I was falling in love My one issue was probably the amount of soul searching in the form of exposition that took place I felt like Sarah s thoughts rambled on and on, while a shorter,meaningful paragraph would have done the trick I found myself really skimming the second third time that this happened It was just overboard.Other than that, I thought there was plenty of action and it all stayed within the realm of real possibility The ending was somewhat abrupt, but did offer some resolution I was happy to see that there will be a sequel to Sarah s story I would love to see how her marriage to Darius progresses, and I hope Afshar sticks with the first person narration Wouldn t it be neat to see some narration from his point of view Afshar has definitely solidified another fan with Harvest of Rubies Looking forward to seeing what she bring us next I just saw on Afshar s website the cover design for the sequel Check it out Review SUMMARY The prophet Nehemiah has a cousin who can speak several languages, keep complex accounts, write on rolls of parchment and tablets of clay, and solve mysteries This cousin is catapulted into the center of the Persian court working long hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and completing high level tasks as a scribe for the queen Not bad, for a woman living in a man s world.REVIEW I read this series in reverse order but still loved this book so much Once again Tessa Afshar has i Review SUMMARY The prophet Nehemiah has a cousin who can speak several languages, keep complex accounts, write on rolls of parchment and tablets of clay, and solve mysteries This cousin is catapulted into the center of the Persian court working long hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and completing high level tasks as a scribe for the queen Not bad, for a woman living in a man s world.REVIEW I read this series in reverse order but still loved this book so much Once again Tessa Afshar has included rich historical research and well developed characters This novel has a fantastic plot with lots of intrigue, adventure, humor and suspense Sarah is such a delightful character intelligent, awkward, and starving for love Looking in all the wrong places, Sarah is able to finally find true love in her God Lacking the background with only a father for support who wasn t really there for her, Sarah has no idea of the how tos of being a woman This leads to many humorous incidents and her use of her intelligence and wit to figure life out Darius, in turn, knows what he wants from his wife and Sarah does not appear to be it when the marriage is arranged by the Queen The main characters are both fully believable and draw the reader in to the story Afshar weaves Jewish and Persian history into this novel and makes it a spellbinding read FAVORITE QUOTES Child, trust God He would not have placed you in t his position without a reason My lady, you ve cared for us, which is the most important thing anyone can do for another You showed interested in what we needed You made us feel worthwhile by taking notice Even if nothing comes of your efforts, we ve still been cheered by your concern Even bad men can have trustworthy connections Even evil men are capable of doing good upon occasion King David had asked God why, but he had never intended to take Him to task with that question He was not asking the Lord to explain Himself He was merely pouring his heart out to God He was telling his Lord that he felt abandoned First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.Ever since reading Tessa Afshar s beautiful debut, Pearl in the Sand, I have been looking forward to her next book Harvest of Rubies will easily capture the reader s attention as they follow the fictitious life of Sarah a Jewish girl who becomes chief scribe to the Queen of Persia While I personally enjoyed her debut novel , Afshar has brought a fresh, unique, and new book into the biblical fiction category It was hard for me to personally relate First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.Ever since reading Tessa Afshar s beautiful debut, Pearl in the Sand, I have been looking forward to her next book Harvest of Rubies will easily capture the reader s attention as they follow the fictitious life of Sarah a Jewish girl who becomes chief scribe to the Queen of Persia While I personally enjoyed her debut novel , Afshar has brought a fresh, unique, and new book into the biblical fiction category It was hard for me to personally relate to the main character, Sarah, as her obvious distaste for anything feminine was bewildering not that I m a girly girl But since Sarah grows up without the blessings of a mother, I could understand her innocence in that department Her wedding day, while portrayed humorously, I found horrifying how embarrassing Darius was intriguing I always love the characters who are so hard to figure out and get to know.My favorite part of the book was when Sarah had to travel with Darius and his men over rough mountain paths to make it to the Persian court and Sarah had never ridden before Harvest of Rubies had plenty of things happening and unfolding throughout the book to keep me reading A few times, as Sarah searches her heart about difficult matters, I got a bit distracted as it rambled on But this only happened two or three times, that I remember.The biggest problem I had with the book was that I felt things weren t fully resolved I don t want to give away anything, so won t go into specifics But, since I see that the story is to be continued in Afshar s next book, I ll hold my peace and wait to readabout Darius and Sarah when it releases For now, go grab Harvest of Rubies if you are at all a lover of biblical fiction This is my favorite book ever I read it once a year and love itevery time.Beneath the surface of this love story is a love story with God and one s own self.The characters are so wonderfully written that it saddens me to think how Sarah Darius are only fictional and never walked this earth or fell in love It s an actual travesty.Until next year This is my favorite book ever I read it once a year and love itevery time.Beneath the surface of this love story is a love story with God and one s own self.The characters are so wonderfully written that it saddens me to think how Sarah Darius are only fictional and never walked this earth or fell in love It s an actual travesty.Until next year Set in 457 BC in the Kingdom of Persia, Harvest of Rubies follows the story of the prophet Nehemiah s cousin, Sarah Seeking to win the attention and approval of her father, Sarah teaches herself to read and write, a normally unacceptable occupation for a woman in her society When cousin Nehemiah learns of this, he encourages Sarah in her pursuits, and soon she has learned multiple languages and becomes a gifted scribe Her gifts lead her to the Persian court, where she becomes the queen s favo Set in 457 BC in the Kingdom of Persia, Harvest of Rubies follows the story of the prophet Nehemiah s cousin, Sarah Seeking to win the attention and approval of her father, Sarah teaches herself to read and write, a normally unacceptable occupation for a woman in her society When cousin Nehemiah learns of this, he encourages Sarah in her pursuits, and soon she has learned multiple languages and becomes a gifted scribe Her gifts lead her to the Persian court, where she becomes the queen s favorite scribe Just when Sarah has found a measure of worth in her achievements, she foils a plot to cause a rift between the Queen and the King s mother The Queen seeks to reward her with an unwanted marriage to a wealthy aristocrat, Darius Their marriage begins in scandal and scorn, sending Sarah on a path to discover that her real worth lies in unexpected places.Harvest of Rubies is truly a stunning accomplishment, a carefully crafted historical novel featuring a fast moving plot and one of the best heroines I ve come across this year Sarah is completely compelling, a character who doesn t fit into proper society, finding herself in situations that made me laugh out loud and tugged on my heart strings at the same time Only pages into the story, I was completely absorbed both by Sarah as a character and by the plot unfolding at a swfit pace The time period that the story is set in is simply fascinating, from the royal courts to the Persian culture that is so different than my own I loved the little details the author throws into the story, such as the cook with the marble eye, or the fact that Persian noble woman at least in that time period were expected to be proficient in horseback riding and hunting The story is filled with colourful descriptions, excitement and intrigue, and I guarantee that readers who love historical fiction are absolutely going to love this book Not only will they be entertained, but their faith will be stirred by the wisdom contained in this book, as Sarah encounters a living God who measures her worth simply by the fact he made her good, and not based on what she may or may not accomplish.I leave you with a quote from early on in the story, where Sarah is told You may fail I cannot deny it But if you go through life making every decision based on what is safest, you will look back one day and discover that you have missed out on the best These are indeed powerful words to live by.I highly recommend this story and award it 5 out of 5 stars.Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own Such a good book, I think that I especially appreciated the spiritual lessons learned by the main character, Sarah So many Biblical truths used in the storyline, this author is becoming one of my favorites.