Review written by my Mum! We both adore Tessa Afshar, and I love that we can read the same book and share that. <3
“Bread of Angels” by Tessa Afshar
Review copy from Tyndale
Mum’s star rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
About the book:
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 was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant’s daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.
With only her father’s secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances―along with her father’s precious dye―help her become one of the city’s preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert. Still, Lydia can’t outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.
I am a huge fan of Tessa Afshar’s books. I don’t actually read a lot of fiction, but I always make time for one of her books, because I know they will be well worth it! This book was no exception. She creates a story line that you immerse yourself into, as if you are friends with the characters and you feel their sorrows, joys, fears and life lessons. She makes every Bible account come to life, which I love! She weaves fact and fiction beautifully, making it believable and realistic without any of the far-fetched information that I’ve read in other Biblical Fiction. Some authors write stories about Bible accounts that have unrealistic and even unnecessary (and frustrating) story lines. Not so with any of Tessa’s books. Her words are God inspired and they give truth and even facilitate healing because of the issues that each character has and deals with. I would recommend this book (and all of Tessa Afshar’s books) to everyone. They do not disappoint!