“A moving portrait of faith and a spellbinding evocation of biblical life.”

Library Journal, Starred Review
May 2016
Winner of the 2017 INSPY Award for General Fiction; Voted by Library Journal as one of five top Christian Fiction titles of 2016; finalist for 2016 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Inspirational Romance

Land of Silence

by Tessa Afshar

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. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for.

As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body, heart, and soul?


“The wit, the romance and the humanity make Elianna’s journey uplifting as well as soul-touching.”

Romantic Times, Top Pick

“Land of Silence is a biblical novel in a category all its own. Moving, believable . . . This inspiring, uplifting story encouraged me at a heart level. A wonderful story―not to be missed!”

Jill Eileen Smith, bestselling author of The Crimson Cord

“Tessa Afshar’s captivating and emotive story is about one first-century woman’s pain and struggle. But the hope she describes is real and for you and me today.”

Chris Fabry, Bestselling author of War Room and Dogwood

“Tessa Afshar’s novels draw you in so that you’re both captivated and changed by the power of story. Land of Silence is no exception. You’re in for a treat with this one―enjoy!”

Susie Larson, National speaker, radio host, and author of Your Beautiful Purpose

“A moving portrait of faith and a spellbinding evocation of biblical life.”

Christine Sharbrough, Library Journal

“This captivating story of love, loss, faith, and hope gives a realistic glimpse of what life might have been like in ancient Palestine.”

World Magazine