This is an amazing story set during the time of Nehemiah of the Old Testament. Sarah, the fictional cousin of Nehemiah, is the queen's favorite scribe, a job usually held by men. She believes her worth is based on her achievements and that no one will want her for herself. When she does the queen a great service, a marriage is arranged for her to a wealthy Persian aristocrat. This means she must give up the job she loves to marry Darius, a self-involved man who couldn't possibly be happy with her for a wife. When she loses her job, her control, will she turn back to the God she believes abandoned her? Will she find where her true worth lies?
This is well-written and actually a quite humorous story. Sarah is sarcastic and the wedding scene, while embarrassing and I felt for her and Darius, is also pretty amusing. I like the changes she goes through physically, spiritually, and emotionally throughout the story. I really like how she had to learn to go on after losing what she loves, to make a completely new life for herself. The Persian culture was fascinating to learn about. There's an excerpt included for the sequel and I'm looking forward to seeing what their future holds. This is definitely a must-read!
I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.