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Harvest of Gold

Title:  Harvest of Gold
Author:  Tessa Afshar
Pages:  348
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Moody Publishers
                Harvest of Gold continues the story of Darius and Sarah that began in Harvest of Rubies.  This story is mostly set in Jerusalem when Nehemiah returns to rebuild the walls that had been destroyed by the Babylonians about 100 years before.
                Sarah discovers she is pregnant right before she is set to depart with Darius and her cousin Nehemiah for Jerusalem.  If she tells Darius, he will make her stay home and she will miss seeing her ancestral homeland, which she has longed to do.  She will also be acting as Nehemiah’s scribe, so she will feel useful and enjoy her work.  If she keeps her secret, Darius will feel betrayed and her marriage will have another hurdle to overcome.  Will she endanger the health of her baby by rough travel?
                Darius, with the help of Sarah, has uncovered a plot to assassinate King Artaxerxes.  He is sent by the king to Jerusalem undercover to see if he can discover the originator of the plot.  He has no plans to take his wife as he thinks it would be too dangerous.  He soon discovers he has been outmaneuvered by Nehemiah and that his wife will be coming along.  He doesn’t discover her pregnancy until it is too late.  He immediately withdraws behind a wall that blocks his emotions.
                As the assassination plot is eventually solved, the marriage between Sarah and Darius continues to stagnate.  He refuses to show emotion, which Persians view as weakness.  He will listen to nothing to do with his wife’s Lord.  As he spends more time with her cousin, Nehemiah, his initial dislike for the man turns to respect and admiration.  Darius must face demons from his past if he wants a future with his wife.  He knows the only One who can help him do this is the Lord.  Can he do it?
                I very much enjoyed the conclusion of Sarah and Darius’ story.  The journey of Darius in the efforts to save his marriage is admirable.  We all have demons, but when we face them through God’s strength, we will be refined and made better people.  I still enjoyed Sarah’s witty sarcasm, but also her newfound respect and obedience to her husband.  I look forward to more books from this author.  I can recommend this entertaining story comprised in both books wholeheartedly.
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

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