Biblical Fiction Book Review: Daughter of Rome

About the Book

Title: Daughter of Rome
Author: Tessa Afshar
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Genre: Biblical Fiction/Historical Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2020

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Publisher's Description

"A woman with a devastating secret. A man bent on proving his worth. A chance encounter that catapults them into the heart of history.

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 Review

Daughter of Rome, by Tessa Afshar, is a stunning example of how thrilling Biblical fiction can be! As equally fascinating as it is moving, this novel is profoundly thoughtful and utterly enjoyable. With threads of history, romance, faith, and mystery, Ms. Afshar skillfully weaves a story that is truly compelling and utterly uplifting.

From the ancient historical setting, to the intriguing characters, to the fascinating plot, Ms. Afshar presents a story that is wholly satisfying! Within the homes and neighborhoods of first century Rome and Corinth, the story captivates as it draws the reader back in time to experience a culture and a civilization from long ago. Living under the constraints of cultural and religious expectations, the characters strive to honor God with their choices, their attitudes, their obedience, and their acts of compassion. As they dedicate themselves to sharing the Gospel message with their friends and neighbors, they find that they must face their fears, address their insecurities, pursue redemption, renew their hope, and nurture their faith all while the threat of persecution looms dangerously over them. 

As the gripping story unfolds, relevant themes of forgiveness, grace, courage, faith, and compassion are explored. These themes enhance the novel and ensure that it is thought-provoking and meaningful. Very well-researched and carefully written, it is a novel that uplifts and inspires while it also entertains. 

Daughter of Rome is certainly a special book! A pleasure to read, an experience to savor, and a book worth sharing, it is definitely a novel I can recommend wholeheartedly.

*I was given a copy of this book by the author/publisher through NetGalley. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

About the Author: Tessa Afshar

"TESSA AFSHAR is the award-winning author of many biblical and inspirational historical fiction books, including Harvest of Gold which won a Christy Award and In the Field of Grace, a biblical fiction on the life of Ruth. Born in the Middle East, Tessa spent her teen years in England and later moved to the United States. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life. She holds a Master of Divinity from Yale, where she was co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship. She served in women and prayer ministry for twenty years before becoming a full-time writer and speaker."--Biography from Tessa Ashfar's author page on

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