Friday, January 25, 2013
Need to Read #25: Harvest of Rubies
Title: Harvest of Rubies
Author: Tessa Afshar
Book blurb: 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 herself.
Sarah, 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.
Quick endorsement: There are times when good Biblical fiction is almost impossible to find…but this last year was not one of those times for me. While this is not drawn as much from the Bible as Tessa’s first book, Pearl in the Sand, is, that’s simply because of the nature of the story. While PS focused on the story of Rahab, this book was about a non-Biblical character, who knew and was related to Nehemiah. Great book.
Link to review: http://austenitis.blogspot.com/2012/05/harvest-of-rubies.html