Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar
Little description: Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world.
But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant’s daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.
With only her father’s secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances―along with her father’s precious dye―help her become one of the city’s preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert. Still, Lydia can’t outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.
Genre: Christian Fiction/ Historical Romance
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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5
The stories created by Tessa Afshar have one thing in common, which are strong, never surrendered women who conquers all their fears and bend their community outlook on women folks, showing what the power of God can do through their lives: grace, braveness, womanhood, and love are the great kindles in their lives. They abandon their inabilities, and devoted wholeheartedly to take care the loved one, the slaves in their possession, and to hold their homes built and strong, whether in their homeland or in the stranger’s land.
A lovely story of Lydia, the first one to come to be baptized and the follower of Jesus in the Philippi, the first woman in the dye trade. She faces lots of harsh adversaries, in face of men and the fear-master.
PS. Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.