Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar July 22, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 3:51 pm
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Harvest of Gold
River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2013)
Tessa Afshar


TESSA AFSHAR was voted “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She 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 permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work.


The scribe Sarah married Darius, and at times she feels as if she has married the Persian aristocracy, too. There is another point she did not count on in her marriage-Sarah has grown to love her husband. Sarah has wealth, property, honor, and power, but her husband’s love still seems unattainable.

Although his mother was an Israelite, Darius remains skeptical that his Jewish wife is the right choice for him, particularly when she conspires with her cousin Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Ordered to assist in the effort, the couple begins a journey to the homeland of his mother’s people. Will the road filled with danger, conflict, and surprising memories, help Darius to see the hand of God at work in his life-and even in his marriage?

A hidden message, treachery, opposition, and a God-given success, will lead to an unlikely bounty.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Harvest of Gold, go HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:

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.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or

Visit Tessa’s website here.

Leave a comment and let me know you would like to win a copy by July 28th at 5:00 PM (U.S. residents only).

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


22 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar”

  1. amyc Says:

    Thank you for the post! I haven’t read anything by Tessa before. Sounds like I need to change that – NOW!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  2. karenk Says:

    thanks for the chance to read this novel.

  3. Brittany McEuen Says:

    Sounds so interesting. Would love to win a copy.

  4. Judy B Says:

    I love reading Biblical fiction. Harvest of Gold sounds so good. I haven’t read any of Tessa’s books. Looking forward to it. Thanks for your great review!

    Judy B

  5. KayM Says:

    Melissa, I really enjoyed your review. I liked the point you made about Nehemiah. I have only recently come to know him well enough to admire him greatly. I haven’t yet read anything by Tessa Afshar, but I do intend to read Harvest of Gold. Thank you for introducing this author to me.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. Patty H Says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I’ve not read anything by Tessa, or any biblical fiction for that matter in a great while…

  7. Lori Says:

    I have not read any of Tessa’s books, but I have read other Biblical stories of people in the Bible by other authors and love them! Thank you for the review – it sounds like a great story about Sarah and thank you for the giveaway!

  8. Liz Riggs Says:

    Ooh I’d love to win this one! Tessa’s a great author!


  9. I would love to win a Christian Fiction story about a Bible character. Thanks for this chance. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  10. Barbara Thompson Says:

    I’ve never read a Biblical Christian Fiction book, but the book sounds interesting and that it would be a great book. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you!

  11. Veronica S. Says:

    I loved Pearl in the Sand and Harvest of Rubies and am excited to read this one! She’s one of my favorite new authors! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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