Tessa Afshar wrote Harvest of Rubies, A Novel in 2012. This new book tells one of the oldest stories, that of a tossed together couple afraid to trust each other and hiding their own hurts behind their idols, whether scrolls and parchments or power and social status. Sarah, cousin to the Biblical Nehemiah, is nominated to be the queen's head scribe. Darius must marry a suitable Jewish woman, well they would say girl. The two are a match made in Heaven, they just don't realize it yet.
What I liked was that there was an intense amount of inner dialogue on Sarah's part as she was the narrator. This meant that unfortunately others, including Darius, come off as flat and simple. Unfortunately, this second characteristic made the book more of a slog than usual for me.
I gave the book 3/5 stars since the story is neat, Sarah is fully developed, but others just aren't developed enough.
I received my copy of this book through the Moody Book Review Program for free in exchange for an honest review.