This book is unlike any I have ever come across in my life. It is the story of Sarah, a gifted young royal scribe in ancient Persia in 449 BC.
It is lovingly well written and paints a fascinating story. It is an easy book to get lost in. I just loved it. The author makes Sarah so human and vulnerable, and yet so strong willed and dedicated to her craft of literacy.
I hope to read more works by this author. I am truly amazed by the imagination and complex research that went into creating this wonderful novel.
The prophet Nehemiah’s cousin can speak numerous languages, keep complex accounts, write on rolls of parchment and tablets of clay, and solve great mysteries. There is only one problem: she is a woman.
In her early childhood years, Sarah experienced the death of her mother and her father’s subsequent emotional distance and she came to two conclusions: that God does not care about her, and that her accomplishments are the measure of her worth – the measure of her self.
Sarah, the talented scribe and cousin to Nehemiah, is catapulted into the center of the Persian court, working too many hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and solving intrigues for the Queen. Ironically, it isn’t failure but success that causes Sarah to lose her only source of external validation.
Sarah soon learns that she has something of worth to offer beyond her ability with languages and sums – her very being proves to be a blessing to others particularly the aristocrat, Darius, she was given to in marriage.
Sarah and Darius’ story continues in Harvest of Gold. Darius may be able to learn to love his wife, but can he ever learn to trust Sarah and her Lord?