Monday, May 27, 2019

Thief of Corinth by @TessaAfshar #Book #Review

Synopsis:

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.
 

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My Review:

As Ariadne escapes her grandfather's strict rules, she fails to question what caused her mother to dissolve her marriage.  As she grows up in Corinth, her older brother thrives in Athens as he spends time with great philosophers.  Ariadne begun believing in whichever God would help her achieve her goals.  Suddenly one night, she learns that her father is "the Honorable Thief".  Instead of being angry she started helping him, that is, until the apostle Paul visited her home.  Her father began believing in a God that forgave and the only thing He wanted in return was for us to love him.  As Ariadne was leaving her last heist, her father tried desperately to stop her.

This story truly shows us what a wonderful thing forgiveness really is.  God loves us so much that no matter how badly we stray, He welcomes us back, forgives us, and gives us far more than our hearts desire.

About the Author:
Tessa 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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