About the Book
Raised as an orphan by her aunt, Chariline has only been told a few pieces of her parents’ tragic love story. Her beautiful dark skin is proof that her father was Cushite, but she knows nothing else. While visiting her grandfather before his retirement as the Roman official in the queen’s court, Chariline overhears that her father is still alive, and discovering his identity becomes her obsession. Both her grandfather and the queen have reasons for keeping this secret, however, and forbid her quest. So when her only clues lead to Rome, Chariline sneaks on the ship of a merchant trusted by friends.
Theo is shocked to discover a stowaway on board his vessel and determines to be rid of her as soon as possible. But drawn in by Chariline’s story, he feels honor-bound to see her safely to shore, especially when it appears someone may be willing to kill for the truth she seeks.
In this transformative tale of historical fiction, bestselling author Tessa Afshar brings to life the kingdom of Cush and the Roman Empire, introducing readers to a fascinating world filled with gripping adventure, touching romance, and a host of lovable characters—including some they may recognize from the biblical book of Acts.
In My Opinion
Fans of Tessa Afshar’s The Thief of Corinth, rejoice. The conclusion to Theo’s story is here in Jewel of the Nile. And for those who haven’t read it, don’t worry, the new book is a great stand alone as well.
While the bulk of this book is about Chariline and her search for her father, Theo is a memorable hero you will not forget. A few of the secondary characters also make an impression.
Afshar plops readers into the life and times of the New Testament church, bringing life to some familiar names as well as lesser-known figures of the time. Her research is extensive, and it shows in her writing. One of the things I appreciate about Biblical fiction is how these stories drive me back to the Bible to study on my own with new insights and perspectives. And Afshar is an author who continuously challenges me to do just that.
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