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Tessa Afshar

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Tessa Afshar is a best-selling author of biblical and historical fiction. Her novels have won the Christy and INSPY Awards, and her book Daughter of Rome was a Carol Award Finalist in the Historical Romance category. Land of Silence was voted by Library Journal as one of the top five Christian fiction titles of 2016, and Harvest of Rubies was a finalist for the 2013 ECPA Christian Book Award for fiction. Tessa's books have been translated into 11 languages and featured on the Publisher's Weekly and ECPA best-seller lists.
Tessa was born in the Middle East and lived there for the first thirteen 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 permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University, where she was co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School for one year. She served in women and prayer ministry for nearly twenty years before becoming a full-time writer. Tessa is a devoted wife and a mediocre gardener. But that has not cured her from being exceptionally fond of chocolate. Her latest book, Jewel of the Nile, a novel of the early church, was released in 2021. Visit her online at

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Jewel of the Nile

Whispered secrets about her parents’ past take on new urgency for Chariline as she pays one last visit to the land of her forefathers, the ancient kingdom of Cush. Raised as an orphan by her aunt, Chariline has only been told a few pieces of her parents’ tragic love story. Her beautiful dark skin…

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Daughter of Rome

When the daughter of a Roman General meets a disinherited Jewish immigrant, neither one can dream of God's plan to transform them into the most influential couple of the early church. Nor can they anticipate the mountains that will threaten to bury them. Their courtship unwittingly shadowed by murder…

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Thief of Corinth

Set in first-century Corinth, this latest novel from Christy Award winner Afshar (Bread of Angels) is another beautifully written tale based on the New Testament. Ariadne, tired of living in her mother’s house after her parents’ divorce, flees to Corinth and her father’s home. When she finds out…

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Bread of Angels

Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world. But before she becomes Lydia, the seller of purple, she is simply a merchant's…

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Land of Silence

Before Christ called her daughter . . .Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family.…

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In the Field of Grace

Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.But God has other plans for her life. While everyone considers Ruth an outcast,…

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Harvest of Gold

An arranged marriage. A man whose heart is closed to love. A king whose life hangs in the balance. A nation on the brink of annihilation. Sarah and Darius's story continues in this long-awaited sequel to Harvest of Rubies. Fighting impossible odds, Sarah and Darius have to overcome the enemy against…

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Harvest of Rubies

The prophet Nehemiah's cousin can speak several languages, keep complex accounts, write on tablets of clay, and solve mysteries. Her accomplishments catapult her into the center of the Persian court—working long hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and becoming the queen’s favorite scribe. Not bad…

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Pearl in the Sand

Can a Canaanite harlot who has made her livelihood by looking desirable to men make a fitting wife for one of the leaders of Israel? Shockingly, the Bible's answer is yes. Pearl in the Sand tells Rahab's untold story. Rahab lives in a wall; her house is built into the defensive walls of the City of…

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