Afshar brings readers biblical fiction with mysterious twists and turns. This is a book filled with angst, and a bit of suspense, that will fascinate and claim the reader’s full attention. The story will have you laughing and crying.

Prophet Nehemiah names talented young Sarah as the one chosen by God to serve as Senior Scribe at the palace. She’s forced to marry the queen’s nephew and taken to live at Darius’ large estate. In his absence, she forms deep friendships and learns that many things are amiss. Darius does not seem to be fond of her or understand her actions. Will he come to regard her with respect? How will he make things right when Sarah uncovers a murderous betrayal? (RIVER NORTH, May, 384 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Lindy J. Swanson