“...Readers will happily drown in this message of God's unfailing love and mercy, while diving headfirst into the captivating plot and precarious romance... This is a great read!”
May 2012
Finalist for the 2013 ECPA Christian Book Award, Fiction (formerly known as the Gold Medallion)

Harvest of Rubies: Book 1 in Harvest Series

by Tessa Afshar

Sarah, the prophet Nehemiah’s cousin, is Senior Scribe to the Queen of Persia – the only woman to have held such an important post in the Persian Empire. More at home with scrolls and accounts than with people, Sarah finds her worth in her achievements.

After solving a particularly thorny plot, she loses the job that is at the center of her life, and finds herself married to a man who despises her. Through the heartache of loss, Sarah discovers the joys of friendship and the peace of God. To her astonishment, she learns that she has something to offer that is worth far beyond her ability with languages and sums. Her very being proves a blessing to others.

But can she win the heart of her stubborn aristocratic husband, whom she has grown to love?


“Afshar brings readers biblical fiction with mysterious twists and turns… that fascinate and claim the reader’s full attention. The story will have you laughing and crying.”

Romantic Times Top Pick

“A wonderful story with a totally captivating heroine. Readers won’t be able to tear themselves away.”

Joan Wolf, author

“…an engaging story of pluck, friendship, and faith…”

Publishers Weekly

“I’ve said it before: I don’t like biblical fiction. But I do believe my heart is turning on this matter, and Ms. Afshar is playing a HUGE part in it!”

Mikal Hermans, Reading Between the Covers