Biblical Fiction

Daughter of Rome by Tessa Afshar. A Review

This book definitely has been one of my favourite reads this year and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you

When the daughter of a prominent Roman general meets a disinherited Jewish immigrant, neither one can dream of God’s plan to transform them into the most influential couple of the early church. Nor can they anticipate the mountains that will threaten to bury them. Their courtship unwittingly shadowed by murder and betrayal, Priscilla and Aquila slowly work to build a community of believers, while their lives grow increasingly complicated thanks to a shaggy dog, a mysterious runaway, and a ruthless foe desperate for love. But when they’re banished from their home by a capricious emperor, they must join forces with an unusual rabbi named Paul and fight to turn treachery into redemption.
With impeccable research and vivid detail, Daughter of Rome is both an emotive love story and an immersive journey through first-century Rome and Corinth, reminding readers once again why Debbie Macomber has said that “no one brings the Bible to life like Tessa Afshar.”

My Thoughts

Once a book has Tessa Afshar’s name attached to it, I snatch it up quickly not caring what it’s about because I know I’ll come out from reading it challenged, wanting to do more and wondering how can I apply these lessons to my walk of faith.
Daughter of Rome did all these and more and yes I must confess I definitely did shed a tear or two. The messages of grace, of redemption and forgiveness throughout the book had me spellbound.
Priscilla challenged me as a person and as a Christian. Her earnest sincere love for God and her desire to serve him even when she felt unworthy and her generosity to everyone that came her way even those who treated her as less than human and her forgiving spirit. She wasn’t perfect but she was real. She acknowledged her faults but still tried to handle every situation with grace.
Aquila too was a wonderful character he had his flaws and a lot of issues and prejudice he had to learn to get rid of. I love that he was willing to take corrections and think over his actions especially when they were unintentionally hurtful.
The romance between Priscilla and Aquila was just beautiful. They fit together so beautifully and I love how they worked well together.
I also enjoyed Paul’s part in the story. It was fun to read more about the early church and the challenges that came with serving God then but how they stood firm and bolded told others about Christ.
This book will definitely go on my shelves as one of my favourite reads for the year because the lessons therein are going to be with me for a long time.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher all opinions expressed are mine alone

About The Author

Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of biblical and historical fiction. Her books have won the Christy and INSPY Awards and been voted by the Library Journal as one of top five Christian fiction titles of the year. Her first Bible Study and DVD, The Way Home, based on the book of Ruth, will be released from Moody Publishers in June 2020. Born in the Middle East, Tessa moved to England in her teens where she attended boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship for one year. She worked in women and prayer ministries for twenty years before becoming a full-time writer and speaker.

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