BACK COVER: 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's a woman in a man's court.

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: God does not care about me, and my accomplishments are the measure of my worth.

Catapulted into the center of the Persian court, Sarah is 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, particularly the aristocrat Darius, whom she is given to in marriage.

Sarah and Darius' story continues in Harvest of Gold. Darius may be able to learn to love his wife, but can he ever learn to trust Sarah and her Lord?

ABOUT AUTHOR: Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel Land of Silence was voted by Library Journal as one of top five Christian fiction titles of 2016 and won the INSPY Award for General Fiction. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. Her book Harvest of Rubies was a finalist for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category. In 2011, after publishing her first novel, Pearl in the Sand, Tessa was named New Author of the Year in the FamilyFiction-sponsored Reader's Choice Awards. Tessa lived in the Middle East for the first fourteen years of her life. She then moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States. She holds an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship. But that has not cured her from being exceptionally fond of chocolate. Contact Tessa at or on Facebook at:



1.  What do you look forward to when you select a biblical fiction story to read?

2. What has surprised you about reading biblical fiction stories?

3. What do you look out for when you do purchase a biblical fiction story to read? 

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I am always excited to read a story about the people we read about that brings the people in the pages of Scripture to life. I love to read a book and then go search for their story in my Bible. I always come away with a feeling of knowing better Who God is.
1. I look forward to learning about life in Bible times. Especially when it's biblically sound

1. I look forward to becoming closer to the characters from the Bible. I look forward to learning more of the surrounding history.

I look forward to gaining a deeper insight into what happened in the Bible. That deeper insight from Biblical fiction always surprises me in a wonderful way.

I always look forward to learning something new in stories about biblical figures. A new light shown on the people also shows light on biblical lessons, adding perspective and increases understanding. It's a fabulous feeling to live it through a person/character - and feel like you're there. 

1. I love learning about Biblical times. Reading fictional stories enriches my understanding and paints a vivid picture in my mind of what was happening during those times in history.

I love reading about people who lived during Biblical times because it gives me more perspective on the Biblical accounts in God's Word and causes me to study Scripture more closely and with enhanced understanding. Tessa is one of my favorite authors, and this is one story of hers that I have not yet read. Thank you for the giveaway!

I like to learn something new. I enjoy learning about history and how in many ways it’s not that different from life today.

I look forward to reading about people who lived during the setting of the story--their way of life, their traditions, etc.

Question #1: I always look forward to reading Biblical fiction, because it helps me to remember facts and I am able to retain more easily. It brings scripture to life.

 I look forward to seeing the scriptures through new eyes when I read Biblical Fiction.  One of my favorite Fiction is Land of Silence because it made me think of what the Bleeding Woman went through on a daily basis .

i like reading about people i don't know that much about ... gives me more to learn and explore.

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