Saturday, October 6, 2018



First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption—the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.

After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.

Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future—and very lives—hanging in the balance.

When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for. 


This book was by far Tessa's best. She writes this one with her whole heart and I can actually imagine myself being in the story along with the characters. 
I also enjoyed this story because it offers readers Hope, Faith and Love. Mostly Love. 
I was happy to meet Paul again. I liked him because I felt like he could see the inside of your soul and knew exactly what you needed. I knew then, that he was pretty special. 
We also meet Simon who was a staunch supporter of Paul. 
The author shows us that the characters of the Bible lived pretty much as we do today. ( Only they had it much harder than we do today). 
My thoughts run along the lines like this: What would they think about today's technology? Would they be like us and not have time for God? 
I think I enjoyed Galeanos the most!! Even though I don't condone what he did I understand he did it for his family. 
In a way, the mother wasn't much better. It's wrong to split family. 
I felt sorry for Ariadne ( I called her Ari for short because I couldn't pronounce her real name) I'm sure she wouldn't have minded. I laughed at her some in the story. Especially towards the end. I know most people wouldn't laugh like that because that sort of stuff isn't funny. (I guess I was just in a weird mood last night). Theo I really rooted for him. I felt sorry for him too because he worked so hard to gain approval from the city and people alike. 
Justus I ended up falling in love with him. I loved his gentle ways and he treated most people the way he would want to be treated. 
The underhandedness of the Romans were something else. I didn't like that at all. 
I recommend this book.
I received this book from Netgalley. All opinions are my own. No compensations were recieved 


Tessa AfsharTessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel, Land of Silence, won an Inspy award, and was voted by Library Journal as one of five top Christian Fiction titles of 2016. It was also nominated for the 2016 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Inspirational Romance. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. Her book, Harvest of Rubies was a finalist for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category. Her first novel, Pearl in the sand, won her “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Awards 2011. Tessa was born in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She serves on the staff of one of the oldest churches in America. But that has not cured her from being addicted to chocolate.

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