Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
I had committed my first intentional crime. When the excitement of it evaporated, I had a hard landing. My life would never be the same again. I could not recover my innocence.
After she finds out her father robs corrupt men of their dishonorable gains, Ariadne eventually becomes his partner. All for good and necessary reasons, Ariadne tells herself. But their secret deeds put father and daughter, and their souls, in more than one level of danger in Thief of Corinth by author Tessa Afshar.
Confession: though I’ve read most of this author’s novels, and Harvest of Rubies is one of my all-time favorites, I knew some initial hesitation about this book, since I’ve also written one with a thieving female protagonist. Though that doesn’t determine the value of either novel, I’ll admit I was relieved to find out how much the storylines differ.
(Authors have their little worries, you know.)
But, anyway! I expected another good Biblical Fiction read here, and I was also prepared to spend a few days reading it. I did not expect that I’d have it finished in less than twenty-four hours. I’m not the fastest reader around, but when a story pulls me in this well, I just have to go with it. (And give up some sleep.) I found the plot development/pacing to be a bit awkward in places, but it wasn’t too distracting.
And, my goodness, the book cover. The soft and rich tones and texture, mixed with the peril of a young woman on the run—it’s excellent.
Whether you’re already a fellow fan of Afshar or just looking for a great historical/biblical ChristFic read, you’d do well to check this one out.