Title: Harvest Of Rubies
Author: Tessa Afshar
Publisher: Moody Books
Published: April 20, 2012
Sarah, cousin of the prophet Nehemiah, has always had a gift for languages and scrolls. When she’s offered a position as the queen’s scribe, she accepts but she never imagines how it will alter her future. She was always the quiet girl that no one understood. She is past the age of marriage and has had little interest for her, but when the queen gives her a husband her plans of being single for life is shattered.
Darius Pasargadae is a wealthy admires aristocrat that will only marry a Jewish girl. When his father finds out, he rushes to find a girl suitable. The girl that’s picked for him is quiet and seems to can’t stand him. Not to mention she embarrassed him in front of their entire wedding party. Because of this, he doesn’t trust her or really like her. But he’s drawn to her nonetheless and he doesn’t know why.
The more time that passes in their marriage, the more their drawn to each other, but trust issues and an independent streak could be the end of any hope of a happy marriage. Sarah doesn’t like him as he doesn’t trust her, but maybe trust and love can come with time and knowledge of each other. Maybe just maybe this marriage of convenience can become a marriage of love and maybe a marriage that got off on the wrong foot can turn into a happy one after all.
Can Darius learn to trust Sarah and her mistake was just that or will he forever hold it against her? Can Sarah learn that Darius isn’t a bad guy and is very caring or will she forever think he’ll be a bad guy? Can the past mistakes be put aside for a happy marriage or will it be an elephant in the room for a while? Are past mistakes too much for a happy future or will forgiveness and love conquer the mistakes?
I’ve had the pleasure of reading A Pearl In The Sand by this author and it was one of the best debut novels I’ve read before or since. Naturally, when this book was offered to me, I jumped at the chance to review it. However, this book was a but of a let down. Though, the story was great, there was some aspects that I feel took away from this story. I love this author, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this book.
This romance was disappointing and one of the reasons why this wasn’t my favorite book. I found the conclusion of the book to be a huge letdown and quite disappointing. Though I appreciated the author’s attempt at uniqueness, I would’ve preferred her stick to the classical route with this one, but her development of the romance was good and kept me reasonably interested.
The characters were another flaw if this book. Because the story was told in first person and only from the point of view of Sarah, Darius’s character lacked depth and, for the majority of the story, came off as a complete jerk, though he swears to the opposite. I would’ve loved to have had it from Darius’s point of view to give him some depth and given the reader the opportunity to see why he was the way he was and how he hanged during the course of the book. The only one that I really got to see change was Sarah and I would’ve loved to have added to that.
However, the storyline was great. I loved the premise and execution and because I didn’t love the romance I liked how the story involved more of the change Sarah went through and a touch of suspense then the actual romance. I liked the suspense-like quality the author infused in and I loved the progression this story took. The story wasn’t too slow or too fast it was just right.
This book wasn’t my favorite ever, but I liked the storyline and the author’s attempt at uniqueness. I didn’t like the first-person viewpoint, the fact that I didn’t get to really “know” Darius, or the overall romance. I will read the sequel to this one and everything else I can from this author but this book will be just another book on the “okay” list.
This author captured me with Rahab’s story and her’s, but this book wasn’t a hit with me. I love her work and encourage to keep going. She still has a fan in me but not in this book. I hope her next, the sequel to this one, will be better. I look forward to reading it and seeing what will happen between Darius and Sarah. Maybe just maybe I’ll get the ending I want for these two. This author is recommended this book only for those who want different.
Overall, not my favorite, but the storyline developed well. This book is perfect for those who like different endings to their romances or who like books set in biblical times. Not a great book for your children but great for adults and maybe late teens. I give this book a three out of five.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*