Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
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 her self.
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 particularly the aristocrat, Darius, she was given to in marriage.
To be fair I didn't read this whole book. I was so repulsed and aggravated with the main characters, Sarah that I gave up in frustration!
I hate being only the 6th person to leave a book a 1 star rating but I could not find anything to love about this book other than maybe the references referring to her cousin, the prophet Nehemiah.
If you are looking for good biblical fiction I would recommend Tracy L. Higley or Francine Rivers.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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