Daughter of Rome
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."

Daughter of Rome Details

TitleDaughter of Rome
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
ISBN-139781496428714
Rating
GenreBiblical Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Christian

Daughter of Rome Review

  • Amanda Geaney
    January 1, 1970
    After reading a digital ARC of #DaughteofRome, I'm going to say this is my favorite @TessaAfshar novel to date and I've read them ALL. The message of hope and forgiveness in this book will be like a balm to the soul for many women.
  • Merie Shen
    January 1, 1970
    Before Tessa Afshar's Thief of Corinth, I was never interested in Biblical fiction. I didn't like the overdramatic narrative in books centered around women in Old Testament times. (I call it overdramatic; you may not. Peace, brothers and sisters.) In fact, I think I'm much more likely to pick up a book written in the New Testament era JUST because of that narrative issue I have. But I digress...Daughter of Rome centers around Priscilla and Aquila, friends of Paul only briefly mentioned in the Before Tessa Afshar's Thief of Corinth, I was never interested in Biblical fiction. I didn't like the overdramatic narrative in books centered around women in Old Testament times. (I call it overdramatic; you may not. Peace, brothers and sisters.) In fact, I think I'm much more likely to pick up a book written in the New Testament era JUST because of that narrative issue I have. But I digress...Daughter of Rome centers around Priscilla and Aquila, friends of Paul only briefly mentioned in the Scriptures. Of course I read this book because of them. And because I quite enjoyed the first book in this series. Needless to say, I really love seeing Afshar bring Paul's character to life. He's exactly how I've always imagined him!Priscilla and Aquila were both fascinating characters that were wonderfully fleshed out. I especially liked the theme of compassion in the story; I mean, it would be difficult to avoid that writing about early years of ministry, but you know what I mean. I just appreciate it overall. Marcus was SUCH A PURE LITTLE cinnamon roll *cries internally* I loved him so much.The other characters, too, yes, awesomely done. Also, can I just say... I LOVED the banter throughout the whole book. Between Aquila and his uncle, Priscilla and Marcus, Paul and everyone... THE BANTER WAS THE BEST.*cough* The romance got a little *much* but it was still... clean? I guess. Definitely nothing compared to what you see in so much of YA these days, so I'm not even gonna complain. (... That's a lie. But it's a small complaint compared to YA.)Overall, this book was really good. Loved the themes, the story, the characters, the bAnTeR.... A solid four stars and I can't wait to see more of this series!*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required; all views and opinions expressed are my own.*
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever wondered what day-to-day life was like for the early Christian church? What it truly meant to become a follower of The Way in the initial years after Jesus’ resurrection? This is where Biblical fiction, when done well, can seek to take readers into the ancient world alongside the historical figures of old with their customs and etiquette, thereby facilitating a greater understanding of Scripture. Granted, this is no easy task, and although Biblical fiction is one of my favorite Have you ever wondered what day-to-day life was like for the early Christian church? What it truly meant to become a follower of The Way in the initial years after Jesus’ resurrection? This is where Biblical fiction, when done well, can seek to take readers into the ancient world alongside the historical figures of old with their customs and etiquette, thereby facilitating a greater understanding of Scripture. Granted, this is no easy task, and although Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres, there are only a few authors whose work I trust to remain true to God’s Word without adding to or taking away from it. One of these authors is Tessa Afshar. Afshar’s latest work, “Daughter of Rome,” explores the lives of Aquila and Priscilla, the enigmatic New Testament couple whom the apostle Paul described as “my fellow workers in Christ Jesus” (Romans 16:3). The Bible mentions them six times, and their faith and influence are apparent, but their backstory and the details of their lives are not given. Implementing historical research and drawing from established facts about this period in time, Afshar ignites renewed interest in this husband and wife gospel team by creating a narrative that imagines what their individual lives may have been like before transitioning into their romance and eventual ministry. The beauty of this lies in demonstrating that they are real people with real flaws; as is evidenced over and over again in the Bible, God chooses to work through people who are broken and imperfect. Priscilla and Aquila’s story diverges somewhat from Afshar’s usual style, effecting a deeper and more somber tone that makes the narrative all the more poignant. Gritty, realistic circumstances impress upon readers the harshness of life in ancient Rome. There is abortion, murder, persecution, and betrayal, but all are handled with grace and sensitivity. And as Rufus tells Priscilla, “It is hard to put to words. Trouble itself can be transformed, you see, in the hands of God. Instead of a place of destruction, pain and heartache can lead to hope.” As Priscilla grows in her faith, Aquila learns spiritual maturity. Far too often we, like Aquila, judge others for being what we consider to be inferior; the marriage of Roman Priscilla and Jewish Aquila truly speaks to the unity and unconditional love that Christ brings. As we struggle with our own burdens, we forget that those around us carry encumbrances of their own. Priscilla later testifies: “I can tell you that my own dreams have been crushed more than once. But when I condemned myself, God extended forgiveness to me. When I felt broken, he gave me strength. When I thought the future held nothing but pain, he gave me joy. Those are the actions of love.” “Daughter of Rome” does not shy away from the vicissitudes of life, particularly Christian life, and as such it offers encouragement and inspiration. It is a story of second chances, a poignant and at times heartrending narrative, made all the more so because every reader can identify with it in some way. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24). As Aquila wisely counsels, “The only way to peace is by learning to accept, day by day, the circumstances and tests permitted by God. By the repeated laying down of our own will, and the accepting of his as it is presented in the things which happen to us.” The apostle Paul demonstrates this throughout Scripture, and his role in this novel was one of my favorites because of his witty humor. He has a remarkable attitude toward suffering, but there is also evidence of his humanity, again emphasizing that God can use anyone for His glory. The fervor of the early church is something that, in many ways, I think we need to return to; our faith is dynamic, not static, and we should never lose our joy and awe at the priceless gift of salvation offered to each of us. With Christ as our cornerstone, we can become His instruments of love and peace. Priscilla “had been born a daughter of Rome. But she had become a daughter of the Most High God.” Whose child are you?I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, part 255 Guidelines, concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in advertising.
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  • Jarm Boccio
    January 1, 1970
    I love the themes of forgiveness and grace woven through Tessa’s latest Biblical fiction! We are never far from God’s compassion, no matter what we have done. I've often wondered about the history of Aquila and Priscilla and was immersed in the very believable and relatable characters and plot. I was present in Rome as their budding romance began, and carried away to their new home in Corinth where they struggled to adjust, and later dedicated themselves to building the church with the Apostle I love the themes of forgiveness and grace woven through Tessa’s latest Biblical fiction! We are never far from God’s compassion, no matter what we have done. I've often wondered about the history of Aquila and Priscilla and was immersed in the very believable and relatable characters and plot. I was present in Rome as their budding romance began, and carried away to their new home in Corinth where they struggled to adjust, and later dedicated themselves to building the church with the Apostle Paul. Once again, Scripture comes alive under the artful pen of Tessa Afshar!
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  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    Priscilla is unwanted and unloved by her brother and only surviving family member. Now she has a horribly shameful secret and no prospects.Aquila has chosen to follow Jesus, bringing shame to his family, and now finds himself disowned and disinherited.She is Gentile, he is Jew. What, then, could these two have in common? It would seem nothing at all. However, as he begins to know her kind spirit and generous nature, he finds that she is his soul's mate. So begins one of the most well-known Priscilla is unwanted and unloved by her brother and only surviving family member. Now she has a horribly shameful secret and no prospects.Aquila has chosen to follow Jesus, bringing shame to his family, and now finds himself disowned and disinherited.She is Gentile, he is Jew. What, then, could these two have in common? It would seem nothing at all. However, as he begins to know her kind spirit and generous nature, he finds that she is his soul's mate. So begins one of the most well-known ministries of the early church, and we are given compelling insight into their lives through Tessa Afshar's magnificent storytelling.For any who would appreciate this insight, and for any who would struggle with shame and with truly accepting the forgiveness the Lord offers all who seek it, I would highly recommend this book.
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  • Erin Laramore
    January 1, 1970
    Tessa Afshar has done it again, bringing the Bible to life in this New Testament biblical fiction on the life of Priscilla and Aquila. Not much is known about this couple that aided Paul's ministry so much, other than that they were fellow tentmakers, followed Paul to 3 citites and at one point saved his life. I loved how Ms. Afshar breathed life into their story. This, by no means, replaces the actual scriptures and the author is clear to point that out. But with deep research on the culture of Tessa Afshar has done it again, bringing the Bible to life in this New Testament biblical fiction on the life of Priscilla and Aquila. Not much is known about this couple that aided Paul's ministry so much, other than that they were fellow tentmakers, followed Paul to 3 citites and at one point saved his life. I loved how Ms. Afshar breathed life into their story. This, by no means, replaces the actual scriptures and the author is clear to point that out. But with deep research on the culture of the time, the historical elements and what the scriptures say, this book is a well crafted "could have been" tale about these 2 vital members of the early Christian church. One thing I love about Biblical historical fiction is how it drives me to the scriptures to compare and contrast. I've always found this author's work to be spot on and accept the additions to what scripture says to be fiction and consider them to be pretty solid "what if" options. It helps to bring those passages to life and help me to imagine them actually happening.This book begins with Priscilla as a young woman, facing her greatest sin. A few years later, we find her soaking up the word of God in a Jewish synagogue, seeking to find hope in her wilderness. This is where she meets Aquila, who initially spurns her because she is a Gentile due to his rigid upbringing. This story is their love story, but it is also a greater Love story as both of them seek to further the church of the Way and delve more deeply with Yeshua (Jeusus) together. I loved the spiritual depth of this book (it was way more than just a story) and in the preaching mentioned in their home church, I felt like I was actually there attending the services. I loved the way Priscilla's kindness brought others to Christ. I also loved (and scripture supports this) that SHE was an active participant in the ministry in a culture that women were not at all considered. There was a huge theme of forgiveness in this book and I loved how Priscilla, though initially struggling with the decision, always sought to forgive those who wronged her, and through that forgiveness, opened a bridge to Christ for those who'd hurt her. I also loved "getting to know" some of the minor characters that Paul mentions in passing in some of his letters as well and learning more about the culture in Rome and Corinth at the same time. While this is a stand-alone story, fans of the author's most recent release prior to this, Thief of Corinth, will be glad to find out what happens to Theo in the latter part of this novel. I was so glad to see his story resolved!All in all, this was an absolutely fabulous book, rich in history, faith and love (both lowercase love and uppercase Love). I woud highly recommend this book to any fans of historical (particularly Biblical historical) fiction and those who enjoy learning more about the time periods and people of the Bible. Special thanks to the author and publisher for an advance e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.
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  • Nay Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Received an ARC from the publisher.I'm going with a 4.75 star rating for this book. For some reason my mind could not fully connect as I feel the writing was a bit different from the other books. The characters were awesome and the story line was great! This definitely a relatable story for me.Priscilla is a sweet girl who is both Roman and born of a slave mother. She is treated like a disease by her brother. She was raised with hate, but turned out to be a pure flower. Priscilla dealt with Received an ARC from the publisher.I'm going with a 4.75 star rating for this book. For some reason my mind could not fully connect as I feel the writing was a bit different from the other books. The characters were awesome and the story line was great! This definitely a relatable story for me.Priscilla is a sweet girl who is both Roman and born of a slave mother. She is treated like a disease by her brother. She was raised with hate, but turned out to be a pure flower. Priscilla dealt with hardships outside of her brother with a guy she "dated" which gutted me. She is such a gem and even though she was a Gentile, her heart for God was evident in every way. She was kind to all -- enemies included. She helped the poor, went without food to help others, nursed many people and showed love every way that she can. I loved and adored her character.Aquila reminded me so much of Salmone from Pearl in the Sand in the first few chapters with how he acted towards Priscilla being a Gentile. He was very prideful, but he was also a wrecked man dealing with his own issues. I enjoyed him so much because he always acknowledged his faults and shortcomings then tried to work through them. He was a hardworking man seeking love and he found it.The romance was so cute!!! They definitely had an instant attraction to one another, but they didn't rush into anything. They chatted, they had cute banters and always were around one another. Their romance brewed excellently and they ended up being one heck of a power couple.Volero was a trash brother in every sense. Even in his meanness toward Priscilla, I felt he always had a deep love for her. Volero was just a bitter man that didn't know how to pull himself out of his valley.Marcus was amazing!! I loved him from the first introduction to the end. A young boy on the run from his uncle. He was smart, caring, funny, loving and had a heart of gold. I loved that he was taken in, cared and loved for. He got his happily ever after which I adored.Antonia was so annoying from prologue to end, but I began to enjoy it towards the middle. She was the evil villain in the story, that somewhat redeemed herself. She had to learn a lot over the course of her life. She was a great addition to the story in various ways.Paul was okay in this story. Not much of him in this book, but I enjoyed him more in this book then I did in Thief of Corinth. He came as a friend and coworker in this story.Overall, this was such a great story from Tessa and I highly recommend it to all!
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    Daughter of Rome follows the biblical couple Priscilla and Aquila, richly imagining their story from first acquaintance to falling in love to establishing a marriage to ministering together in the Lord. The story manages to feel both epic and intimate as it traces this couple’s external and internal journeys, victories, and struggles.The best biblical fiction highlights the humanity behind the names we so easily skim over in the Bible. It can be easy to forget that these were real, Daughter of Rome follows the biblical couple Priscilla and Aquila, richly imagining their story from first acquaintance to falling in love to establishing a marriage to ministering together in the Lord. The story manages to feel both epic and intimate as it traces this couple’s external and internal journeys, victories, and struggles.The best biblical fiction highlights the humanity behind the names we so easily skim over in the Bible. It can be easy to forget that these were real, flesh-and-blood people living out ordinary lives for the extraordinary Kingdom of God. Daughter of Rome invites us to imagine what it was like in the early days of the Church, as the message of Christ was just beginning to spread and it does so through highlighting the faithful efforts of this inspiring couple.Both Priscilla and Aquila leveraged their strengths, individually and collectively, for the glory of God, showcasing what it means to strive together in the Lord. Not only was this a fun and entertaining read, but also an inspiring one, and that, dear friends, is fiction at its finest!Thanks to the author for all her impeccable research and her evident love for God’s Word. Daughter of Rome is sure to touch and inspire many to live out faithful lives in service of our loving, compassionate Father.Received an ARC from the author for an honest review.
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  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    Tessa Afshar has written numerous works of Bible-based fiction so when I saw Daughter of Rome, I knew I wanted to read it. What I didn't realize until I started reading is that it is the story of Priscilla and Aquila. While our information on Prsicilla and Aquila from the Bible is limited, Afshar does a marvelous job of doing extensive Biblical and extra-biblical research to have the fictional story be as historically accurate and real as possible and includes numerous other characters from the Tessa Afshar has written numerous works of Bible-based fiction so when I saw Daughter of Rome, I knew I wanted to read it. What I didn't realize until I started reading is that it is the story of Priscilla and Aquila. While our information on Prsicilla and Aquila from the Bible is limited, Afshar does a marvelous job of doing extensive Biblical and extra-biblical research to have the fictional story be as historically accurate and real as possible and includes numerous other characters from the Bible and history that they did or might have crossed paths with. Beyond historical accuracy, one of the aspects I really enjoyed about Daughter of Rome is that Afshar's characters model Christian character and show the changes that occur in their lives due to knowing Christ.Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys well-written, historically accurate Christian fiction!I received an ARC of this book from Tyndale House via NetGalley.
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  • Cara
    January 1, 1970
    Tessa Afshar has written another page turner with Daughter of Rome! She takes a couple that's mentioned a few times in scripture and gives them a wonderful story, while keeping it accurate to the Bible! This is an interesting read as it takes place during the New Testament, after Christ has died. This book tells of some of what went on in Acts. Reading about the early church was a lot of fun, seeing how people started sharing Christ in synagogue and some of the conflict between the Jewish and Tessa Afshar has written another page turner with Daughter of Rome! She takes a couple that's mentioned a few times in scripture and gives them a wonderful story, while keeping it accurate to the Bible! This is an interesting read as it takes place during the New Testament, after Christ has died. This book tells of some of what went on in Acts. Reading about the early church was a lot of fun, seeing how people started sharing Christ in synagogue and some of the conflict between the Jewish and the brand new Christians. As always, Tessa Afshar has written lovable characters with backstory and weaves their stories together as they form relationships and face their trials together. The romance was very sweet, and felt very natural and historically accurate. There was so much faith and goodness packed into the book that I loved reading about. I do feel that some of the characters struggles resolved without them talking to each other, but rather by talking to God. Of course, God can do it all, but it would've been nice to see both. There was also a time that a character called another a curse word, but they may have just been referring to a donkey? I was a bit shocked to see it and it threw me off. Not my favorite book by the author, but definitely worth a read for fans of Biblical fiction!4 Stars, if you're interested in Biblical fiction and want to know a bit more about the early church then this is a great book for you!
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED it!!!!!!!!Tessa Afshar has done it again with a tale that transports you to antiquity and leaves you marveling at how God can use the struggles in our life to bring about something beautiful!This books now ranks up with Pearl in the Sand and In The Fields of Grace, as one of my favorite Tessa Afshar books! Priscilla and Aquila were names that I was familiar with as the couple who worked alongside Paul. But everyone has a backstory, and this author did a fantastic job of weaving a I LOVED it!!!!!!!!Tessa Afshar has done it again with a tale that transports you to antiquity and leaves you marveling at how God can use the struggles in our life to bring about something beautiful!This books now ranks up with Pearl in the Sand and In The Fields of Grace, as one of my favorite Tessa Afshar books! Priscilla and Aquila were names that I was familiar with as the couple who worked alongside Paul. But everyone has a backstory, and this author did a fantastic job of weaving a fictional (what if), alongside what we know about them from the Bible! A truly captivating, truly beautiful tale! Soooo good!
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  • Becca-Rae Weidel
    January 1, 1970
    If it's possible to start the year out by finding your favorite read for the whole year, that might have just happened. At the least I can guarantee that it will make my favorites list. I don't even think I have the words to do this story justice. Incredible!One thing that I felt was very well done in this novel was the shock and leeriness surrounding the sudden freedom for Jews and Gentiles to be brought to the same table of fellowship. Living in today's world, it's hard for us to understand If it's possible to start the year out by finding your favorite read for the whole year, that might have just happened. At the least I can guarantee that it will make my favorites list. I don't even think I have the words to do this story justice. Incredible!One thing that I felt was very well done in this novel was the shock and leeriness surrounding the sudden freedom for Jews and Gentiles to be brought to the same table of fellowship. Living in today's world, it's hard for us to understand how scandalous it all was at the time. Tessa Afshar did a beautiful job of bringing the reader into the world of the early Church and giving them a glimpse of just how big of a deal it all was. It wasn't just about Jews and Gentiles coming together though, it was the wonder of Jesus and the cost of following him. There's no question that faith in Jesus radically changed lives, but it often came at a steep price. Brother turned against brother, children were disowned by parents, spouses found themselves at odds.I also cherished the depth of the relationships in this novel. There was encouragement, forgiveness, iron sharpening iron, teaching, admonishing, etc. As a reader you see just how much Jesus changed people and how hungry they were to know more of him. It was refreshing to see such a thirst for spiritual things. I honestly can't talk this piece up enough.Another thing I loved was that Priscilla was used as an instrument by God just as much as her husband. They complimented each other well through their own unique giftings and talents, and God used that in mighty ways. Priscilla wasn't silenced because of being a woman yet was still respectful of her role. The dynamic between Priscilla and Aquilla was encouraging to see.I absolutely LOVED this read. I can't say enough amazing things about it and I can't recommend it enough. If you don't have a copy yet go get it. This isn't one you want to miss!*I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Ebos Aifuobhokhan
    January 1, 1970
    Reading Daughter Of Rome felt like home.The characters were wonderful. I squealed when Apostle Paul was introduced. I got to read about this work in Corinth apart form the accounts in the Bible and it was wonderful.The manner in which the author presented the couple Priscilla and Aquilla was marvelous. They were normal people like me plagued with the same faults and struggles like everyone. But their faith and trust in God was the most admirable trait of theirs.I fell in love with Priscilla. Her Reading Daughter Of Rome felt like home.The characters were wonderful. I squealed when Apostle Paul was introduced. I got to read about this work in Corinth apart form the accounts in the Bible and it was wonderful.The manner in which the author presented the couple Priscilla and Aquilla was marvelous. They were normal people like me plagued with the same faults and struggles like everyone. But their faith and trust in God was the most admirable trait of theirs.I fell in love with Priscilla. Her heart was so kind. Her most admirable virtue apart from her good heart was despite all the pain and trials she went through it did not taint her heart with bitterness, did not make her mean or hard but rather her travails made her kind, sweet and good to others. That's a trait I always want to have. Aquilla was one wonderful hero. He had one or two things to learn form his wife. I loved the fact that he was a wonderful leader. I admired the fact that when corrected he took it in stride and did better. Paul!!! The beatings he went through for the Gospel. His heart for the church was unrivaled. His meeting the couple was beautifully written about in this book. Their work together was so wonderful.Priscilla and Aquilla are what I will call a power couple. Together they did mighty things for the church and the kingdom of God. Their heart for hospitality was magnificent. One of the great things I take away from this book is this: no trial or travail is wasted with God. In His hands He has the ability to change everything for good if only we are submissive to Him and His will. Both Jew and Gentile, slave or free, equal in His sight, can be used for His glory. I received a copy of the book and this is my honest opinion.
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  • Ifueko Ogbomo
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant, beautiful, biblical-fiction masterpiece!Daughter of Rome is an eloquently-written, heart-warming tale that essentially displays the unconditional nature of God's love towards all people, irrespective of personal history, heritage, nationality, gender, age or station. Tessa Afshar's gift for bringing the bible to life is surreal! This brilliant book is riddled with dynamic relationships that effortlessly deliver poignant lessons on friendship, family and fellowship; and, paint a lucid Brilliant, beautiful, biblical-fiction masterpiece!Daughter of Rome is an eloquently-written, heart-warming tale that essentially displays the unconditional nature of God's love towards all people, irrespective of personal history, heritage, nationality, gender, age or station. Tessa Afshar's gift for bringing the bible to life is surreal! This brilliant book is riddled with dynamic relationships that effortlessly deliver poignant lessons on friendship, family and fellowship; and, paint a lucid picture of true forgiveness.Furthermore, this delightful story is so meticulously scripted, I feel as though I went to ancient Rome and met each character personally! The chemistry between the lead characters was electric. As for Priscilla, her struggles with shame, guilt and acceptance of God's forgiveness were very real. Yet the generosity of her person outweighed them all. She just might be my new best friend! Bravo, Tessa, bravo! May your ink never run dry!
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  • Ruth Hartunian-alumbaugh
    January 1, 1970
    Only four words to submit for my review.Please.Write.A.Sequel.Tessa Ashfar never fails to deliver everything I love in a book: adventure, heart felt moments, profound insights, romance (decent), humor, writing based on copious amounts of research, twists and turns, and heart-stopping page turns that make me cry for more. Congratulations on your newest winner. All of your books are.
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  • Dawn Boucher byington
    January 1, 1970
    Daughter of Rome opens with a secret. A secret that could ruin a young girls life. I am drawn into this world through exquisite description and storytelling. Tessa draws me into this world expertly and I can instantly hear the inner voice of the character. I can feel her fear and her trepidation. I can see and smell and feel everything she is sensing. Daughter of Rome not only draws you into Pricillas world but also Aquilla’s. We get to see and hear his point of view. The war between his heart Daughter of Rome opens with a secret. A secret that could ruin a young girls life. I am drawn into this world through exquisite description and storytelling. Tessa draws me into this world expertly and I can instantly hear the inner voice of the character. I can feel her fear and her trepidation. I can see and smell and feel everything she is sensing. Daughter of Rome not only draws you into Pricillas world but also Aquilla’s. We get to see and hear his point of view. The war between his heart and his traditions and religion. We see his torment and his anguish as well as his desire and love for Pricilla. The journey however, does not stop when they finally find each other. Most novels will end at the wedding ro the engagement to give us the illusion of a happily every after. But this biblical fiction story continues on. Shows us the challenges of being newly wed. Shows us their passion for Christ and leading others to him. She shows us the struggles of the new church and challenges of being barren. I have loved and followed this author for years. Tessa has grown through every book she writes and it shows in her stories. Her stories not only bring you into this Biblical world and show you what life might have been like, she dives deep into the human emotion and turmoil that is there in the stories as well. The characters come to life and seem more tangible and really. I am able to identify with this characters to whom the Bible may only mention briefly. But they are really human beings and through Tessa’s stories I can get to know them, identify with them and learn from them. I highly recommend this book for those wanting to immerse themselves in the times of the early church and understand what forgiveness feels like.Author Bio – Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of biblical and historical fiction. Her books have won the Christy and INSPY Awards and been voted by the Library Journal as one of top five Christian fiction titles of the year. Her first Bible Study and DVD, The Way Home, based on the book of Ruth, will be released from Moody Publishers in June 2020. Born in the Middle East, Tessa moved to England in her teens where she attended boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship for one year. She worked in women and prayer ministries for twenty years before becoming a full-time writer and speaker.Synopsis of the Book: (From Tyndale website)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 opens with a secret. A secret that could ruin a young girls life. I am drawn into this world through exquisite description and storytelling. Tessa draws me into this world expertly and I can instantly hear the inner voice of the character. I can feel her fear and her trepidation. I can see and smell and feel everything she is sensing. Daughter of Rome not only draws you into Pricillas world but also Aquilla’s. We get to see and hear his point of view. The war between his heart and his traditions and religion. We see his torment and his anguish as well as his desire and love for Pricilla. The journey however, does not stop when they finally find each other. Most novels will end at the wedding ro the engagement to give us the illusion of a happily every after. But this biblical fiction story continues on. Shows us the challenges of being newly wed. Shows us their passion for Christ and leading others to him. She shows us the struggles of the new church and challenges of being barren. I have loved and followed this author for years. Tessa has grown through every book she writes and it shows in her stories. Her stories not only bring you into this Biblical world and show you what life might have been like, she dives deep into the human emotion and turmoil that is there in the stories as well. The characters come to life and seem more tangible and really. I am able to identify with this characters to whom the Bible may only mention briefly. But they are really human beings and through Tessa’s stories I can get to know them, identify with them and learn from them. I highly recommend this book for those wanting to immerse themselves in the times of the early church and understand what forgiveness feels like.Disclaimer: I, Dawn Byington, received a book to facilitate this review. The views and opinions expressed here are 100% honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, part 255 Guidelines, concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in advertising.
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  • Nora St Laurent
    January 1, 1970
    Here’s a peek at the opening, “Heart slamming against her chest, stomach roiling like flood waters, Priscilla stood before the closed door. She had come to this same spot four times already without taking a step within.”After the prologue where readers get a glimpse at Pricilla’s frightening situation, time fast forwards four years. We then meet Aquilla as he walks the streets of Rome, “The inescapable stench of sewage and rotting garbage assaulted Aquilla’s senses, making him wince.” He had Here’s a peek at the opening, “Heart slamming against her chest, stomach roiling like flood waters, Priscilla stood before the closed door. She had come to this same spot four times already without taking a step within.”After the prologue where readers get a glimpse at Pricilla’s frightening situation, time fast forwards four years. We then meet Aquilla as he walks the streets of Rome, “The inescapable stench of sewage and rotting garbage assaulted Aquilla’s senses, making him wince.” He had been in Rome for a mere two days and had already seen architectural marvels that left the visitor gaping: lavish building with intricate mosaics, paved roads as smooth as a youth’s face, ingenious aqueducts, and a splendid array of shops, porticos, and gymnasiums. Yet for all, it’s glory, there were few places in Rome that did not stink.”I love how the author takes readers on this walk-through Rome. Another thing I appreciate is the note to readers. The author states, “Who were Priscilla and Aquila? We don’t know much about this extraordinary couple who saved Paul’s life, set up house churches in three different cities, and became influential spiritual leaders through some of the most harrowing years of the church’s history.”“How, precisely, did our indomitable couple risk their necks to save Paul’s life (Romans 16:4)? This remains another unsolved biblical mystery, which makes for fun fiction.”This author has the gift of inviting readers to experience this journey firsthand by having them step into the characters shoes, familiarizing them with the culture of the time. I also appreciate the thought-provoking reflection of these flawed believable characters. This is done through a non-preachy spiritual thread. Readers attend a few house meetings Pricilla and Aquilla go to. I admired these brave people who associated with Paul. They risked all they had to help plant churches and share the good news of Jesus. This is what I love about reading inspirational fiction it helps me understand this time period with its customs and rules. It makes me wonder what I would have done back then and how I look at things now.This author has a vivid imagination and skill of blending together biblical truth with the ordinary and extraordinary lives of familiar biblical characters. I easily got lost in this authors novel that feels personal, with experiences that bring to life the threads of God’s big story, the struggles, battles, and victories of my own life. (It made me wonder how much she drew from her own personal experience of getting to know Jesus, and risking her life like these early Christians did to make Jesus Lord of her life) I also love the fact that I not only learn about scripture verses that inspired this author to write the novel but I learn about myself as well. I am inspired by the way the author brings Bible verses to life. It feels like I’m discovering these verses for the first time. If you haven’t read this authors books you should. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss. This book works well for book club. There is so much to discuss.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St. LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins!The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
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  • Phyllis
    January 1, 1970
    A great story of early ChristiansDaughter of Rome is an intriguing account of what the lives of Priscilla and Aquila could have been like. I was very interested in seeing the research that the author did to determine what type of environment they likely grew up in based on what we know from Scripture.Aquila experienced firsthand the consequences of choosing to follow Yeshua. Not willing to deny his faith, he was disowned and lost his earthly inheritance.Despite having been treated abominably by A great story of early ChristiansDaughter of Rome is an intriguing account of what the lives of Priscilla and Aquila could have been like. I was very interested in seeing the research that the author did to determine what type of environment they likely grew up in based on what we know from Scripture.Aquila experienced firsthand the consequences of choosing to follow Yeshua. Not willing to deny his faith, he was disowned and lost his earthly inheritance.Despite having been treated abominably by her brother, Priscilla treated others with kindness and compassion. One of my favorite moments in the story was when Marcus, a young boy Priscilla and Aquila took in, was helping minister to a woman who had come to them in terrible condition. When Priscilla questioned him about where he had learned to take care of someone like that, he replied "Don't you know? I learned from you."I especially loved the way Priscilla was always caring for those in need, even at great cost to herself. She was constantly taking in "strays" and sharing all she had with them.Another part I really enjoyed was when Aquila was getting ready for their wedding. He was so sweetly funny as he stressed over details and was so absent-minded!There were many spiritual lessons learned along the way. Aquila had to learn to set aside his pride several different times. Priscilla learned forgiveness - for herself and for her enemies. Salvation was boldly proclaimed.If you enjoy Biblical fiction, you are bound to enjoy Daughter of Rome.Read my full review at Among the ReadsI was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
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  • Shelley Singh
    January 1, 1970
    Daughter of Rome book review Tessa Afshar’s latest release is a literary gem. The biblical fiction genre is somewhat new to me, yet it did not take long to captivate my attention from beginning to end. The novel is set in ancient Rome with a of plethora amiable characters. Based upon the book of acts, Priscilla and Aquila play a central role in Daughter of Rome. It is a joy to watch Priscilla flourish in her identity in Christ, as she wholeheartedly submits to her life and fears continuously Daughter of Rome book review Tessa Afshar’s latest release is a literary gem. The biblical fiction genre is somewhat new to me, yet it did not take long to captivate my attention from beginning to end. The novel is set in ancient Rome with a of plethora amiable characters. Based upon the book of acts, Priscilla and Aquila play a central role in Daughter of Rome. It is a joy to watch Priscilla flourish in her identity in Christ, as she wholeheartedly submits to her life and fears continuously along a rocky journey. Her deeply rooted faith challenges us as readers to examine our own faith and despite the fragility of her heart, nothing can stop the force of redemption that is displayed so powerfully in her life. I absolutely adored their relationship including their seasons of disappointment along with their fierce commitment to God and to each other. Their relationship spoke to me on many levels; their intimacy was ravishing providing the reader much delight of wholesome connection. On favorite aspects of the novel was their relationship. The flavor of passion, commitment and growth as a couple is enchanting. Despite a history of rejection from their families, they find grace in the arms of the Father and each other. Aquila’s tender care yet vigilant care foreshadows the heart of Lord for each one of us. The beauty of covenant shines beautifully through this couple as Jew and gentile become one in Messiah.The novel weaves various themes seamlessly throughout the narrative such as forgiveness, mercy, faith and hope amidst trials. This novel will be a healing balm to your soul, provoking you to grow in these areas as you receive courage to live abundantly and boldly for the kingdom. Your heart will be aroused to seek after your first love while you glean wisdom from the steadfast faith of the early church. This book will make the Word come alive, leaving you in wonder of the mystery of grace.I highly recommend this book, as I believe it will encourage you to explore biblical themes during an adventure in Rome, you will not want to miss!
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  • E. Espinoza
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Yannick Tricia
    January 1, 1970
    I am a great fan of Tessa Asfhar book and I pre-ordered Daughter of Rome.The story is appealing, beautifully written.It’s inspired by the story of Priscilla and Aquilla who were follower of Jesus and close friends to the Apostle Paul in the bible( Acts 18 verses 1-15).Priscilla is a young woman living in Rome hiding a heavy burden, she turn to God and give her life to Jesus.Aquilla a Jewish immigrant arrive in Rome with his uncle to work after a painful break-up and his Father disowning. I am a great fan of Tessa Asfhar book and I pre-ordered Daughter of Rome.The story is appealing, beautifully written.It’s inspired by the story of Priscilla and Aquilla who were follower of Jesus and close friends to the Apostle Paul in the bible( Acts 18 verses 1-15).Priscilla is a young woman living in Rome hiding a heavy burden, she turn to God and give her life to Jesus.Aquilla a Jewish immigrant arrive in Rome with his uncle to work after a painful break-up and his Father disowning.Priscilla and Aquilla met at the synagogue through mutual friends. They will have to open up their heart regarding their past wounds and trust Godto build their relationship.Priscilla’s character is adorable she is very sweet, she cares for those in needs, she doesn’t hold grudge and forgive people who try to destroy her life.She persuade her husband to adopt a young boy Marcus who has nowhere to go and who is in danger of being murdered…When they are banished from Rome because of tensions rising in the synagogue they move to Corinth where they going to meet Paul.This encounter will strengthen their faith, allowing them to become instruments to spread the gospel to more people. They will also see God’s hand in their lives in every situations, restoring and healing brokenness.
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  • Kathy DiDomizio
    January 1, 1970
    Biblical fiction writer Tessa Afshar has once again knocked it out of the park with her newest novel, Daughter of Rome. This beautifully written tale transports us to the world of Aquila and Priscilla in the days of the early Christian church. It offers a plausible backstory for how this Jewish man and Gentile woman might have met and eventually grown together as the Biblical couple in Corinth who were tentmakers and active in Paul’s ministry.The Bible gives little detail about the couple, but Biblical fiction writer Tessa Afshar has once again knocked it out of the park with her newest novel, Daughter of Rome. This beautifully written tale transports us to the world of Aquila and Priscilla in the days of the early Christian church. It offers a plausible backstory for how this Jewish man and Gentile woman might have met and eventually grown together as the Biblical couple in Corinth who were tentmakers and active in Paul’s ministry.The Bible gives little detail about the couple, but Afshar has done a wonderful job weaving together a plausible tale with as much historical detail as possible. It was inspiring to see the characters evolve as their relationship with Christ grew. In fact, Priscilla and Aquila, as well as the other characters in this story, are so multidimensional and relatable that it seems like they could walk right out of the pages. It is a powerful tale of hope, compassion, grace, and forgiveness that I will not soon forget.I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own, and I would give it more than five stars if that were an option!
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favourite things about biblical fiction is the way it can take characters of whom little is known beyond their names and give them flesh, blood, and historical context. Daughter of Rome does all that and more for Priscilla and Aquila, the husband and wife who are mentioned several times in the New Testament as Paul’s co-workers in Christ Jesus.When they first meet, both Priscilla and Aquila know what it is to feel unwanted and to feel the weight of shame, albeit for different reasons. One of my favourite things about biblical fiction is the way it can take characters of whom little is known beyond their names and give them flesh, blood, and historical context. Daughter of Rome does all that and more for Priscilla and Aquila, the husband and wife who are mentioned several times in the New Testament as Paul’s co-workers in Christ Jesus.When they first meet, both Priscilla and Aquila know what it is to feel unwanted and to feel the weight of shame, albeit for different reasons. Their romance unfolds alongside their growing understanding of what the work of Christ on the cross means for both Jew and Gentile, and although the story isn’t able to cover this topic to its fullest extent, it was good to be reminded what a period of confusion and adjustment this would have been, particularly for Jews who believed that Yeshua was the prophesied Messiah.Priscilla and Aquila’s personal experiences with grace, forgiveness, and compassion stand them in good stead as they are eventually forced to leave Rome and start over, constantly needing to set aside their own wills and desires and submit to God’s will for their present circumstances—which involves sheltering both runaways and enemies in the course of their ministry in Corinth. I was particularly taken by the plight of the young boy, Marcus, who comes into their care, and another broken young woman who I won’t name for spoiler purposes.Priscilla and Aquila’s story is one that will resonate with a powerful reminder of what God can work both in and through us when we yield our lives to His mercy and grace.I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Inspirationalfictionreader
    January 1, 1970
    “The only way to peace is by learning to accept, day by day, the circumstances and tests permitted by God. By the repeated laying down of our own will, and the accepting of His as it is presented in the things which happen to us.”This was one of my favorite quotes from Daughter of Rome. Tessa Afshar’s talent for creating fictional accounts around Biblical characters amazes me! Her writing style always draws me in and I’m always excited to see where she takes the story. In Daughter of Rome, Ms. “The only way to peace is by learning to accept, day by day, the circumstances and tests permitted by God. By the repeated laying down of our own will, and the accepting of His as it is presented in the things which happen to us.”This was one of my favorite quotes from Daughter of Rome. Tessa Afshar’s talent for creating fictional accounts around Biblical characters amazes me! Her writing style always draws me in and I’m always excited to see where she takes the story. In Daughter of Rome, Ms. Afshar takes the little we know about Priscilla and Aquila, and turns it in to a wonderful story about what it might have been like for Christians as the church was just starting.This storyline kept my interest the entire time. It had some twists and turns that I did not see coming. I loved the theme of forgiveness that ran throughout the story. The characters are what made me really love this story, though. I loved how Paul was portrayed and Aquila and Marcus were amazing. I am hoping to see a story about Marcus soon! But, My favorite character, by far, was Priscilla. She beautifully showed the love of Christ. She was so giving and helpful - I loved her character.I was not ready to see this story end. I really wished there would’ve been another chapter or two or an epilogue. I can’t wait to see what Tessa Afshar brings us next.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Daughter of RomeWonderful and familiar Biblical characters painted with creative insight as to how their life and love story might have happened. Author Tessa Afshar weaves a creative story bringing the facts we know from scripture to life, blended with imagination, giving us a story of how it might have been for a Jewish young man, Aquila, when he encounters a gentile young woman with a troubled and secret past. Priscilla hungered and yearned for acceptance, yet did not quite belong and planned Daughter of RomeWonderful and familiar Biblical characters painted with creative insight as to how their life and love story might have happened. Author Tessa Afshar weaves a creative story bringing the facts we know from scripture to life, blended with imagination, giving us a story of how it might have been for a Jewish young man, Aquila, when he encounters a gentile young woman with a troubled and secret past. Priscilla hungered and yearned for acceptance, yet did not quite belong and planned to never marry. Exciting story, so beautifully created. The characters draw me back to scripture to see how Tessa joined Biblical history and imagination so beautifully."It takes courage to stand your ground. Strength to lose everything, and still hold to the truth." I received an e-copy of the book from the publisher with no requirement for a review.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Fictional backstory for Aquila and Priscilla was a joy to read. Interesting characters speaking God's truth into each other's lives was edifying and entertaining.
  • Ochegba
    January 1, 1970
    Once a book has Tessa Afshar's name attached to it, I snatch it up quickly not caring what it's about because I know I'll come out from reading it challenged, wanting to do more and wondering how can I apply these lessons to my walk of faith.Daughter of Rome did all these and more and yes I must confess I definitely did shed a year or two. The messages of grace of redemption and forgiveness throughout the book had me spellbound.Priscilla challenged me as a person and as a Christian. Her earnest Once a book has Tessa Afshar's name attached to it, I snatch it up quickly not caring what it's about because I know I'll come out from reading it challenged, wanting to do more and wondering how can I apply these lessons to my walk of faith.Daughter of Rome did all these and more and yes I must confess I definitely did shed a year or two. The messages of grace of redemption and forgiveness throughout the book had me spellbound.Priscilla challenged me as a person and as a Christian. Her earnest sincere love for God and her desire to serve him even when she felt unworthy or her generosity to everyone that came her way even those who treated her as less than human her forgiving spirit. She wasn't perfect but she was real. Aquila too was a wonderful character. He had his flaws and a lot of issues and prejudice he had to learn to get rid of. I love that he was willing to take corrections and think over his actions especially when they were unintentionally hurtful.The romance between Priscilla and Aquila was just beautiful. They fit together so beautifully and I love how they worked well together. I also enjoyed Paul's part in the story. It was fun to read more about the early church and the challenges that came with serving God then but how they stood firm and bolded told others about Christ. This book will definitely go on my shelves as one of my favourite reads for the year because the lessons therein are going to be with me for a long time.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher all opinions expressed are mine alone
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  • Nay Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Received an ARC from the publisher.I'm going with a 4.75 star rating for this book. For some reason my mind could not fully connect as I feel the writing was a bit different from the other books. The characters were awesome and the story line was great! This definitely a relatable story for me.Priscilla is a sweet girl who is both Roman and born of a slave mother. She is treated like a disease by her brother. She was raised with hate, but turned out to be a pure flower. Priscilla dealt with Received an ARC from the publisher.I'm going with a 4.75 star rating for this book. For some reason my mind could not fully connect as I feel the writing was a bit different from the other books. The characters were awesome and the story line was great! This definitely a relatable story for me.Priscilla is a sweet girl who is both Roman and born of a slave mother. She is treated like a disease by her brother. She was raised with hate, but turned out to be a pure flower. Priscilla dealt with hardships outside of her brother with a guy she "dated" which gutted me. She is such a gem and even though she was a Gentile, her heart for God was evident in every way. She was kind to all -- enemies included. She helped the poor, went without food to help others, nursed many people and showed love every way that she can. I loved and adored her character.Aquila reminded me so much of Salmone from Pearl in the Sand in the first few chapters with how he acted towards Priscilla being a Gentile. He was very prideful, but he was also a wrecked man dealing with his own issues. I enjoyed him so much because he always acknowledged his faults and shortcomings then tried to work through them. He was a hardworking man seeking love and he found it.The romance was so cute!!! They definitely had an instant attraction to one another, but they didn't rush into anything. They chatted, they had cute banters and always were around one another. Their romance brewed excellently and they ended up being one heck of a power couple.Volero was a trash brother in every sense. Even in his meanness toward Priscilla, I felt he always had a deep love for her. Volero was just a bitter man that didn't know how to pull himself out of his valley.Marcus was amazing!! I loved him from the first introduction to the end. A young boy on the run from his uncle. He was smart, caring, funny, loving and had a heart of gold. I loved that he was taken in, cared and loved for. He got his happily ever after which I adored.Antonia was so annoying from prologue to end, but I began to enjoy it towards the middle. She was the evil villain in the story, that somewhat redeemed herself. She had to learn a lot over the course of her life. She was a great addition to the story in various ways.Paul was okay in this story. Not much of him in this book, but I enjoyed him more in this book then I did in Thief of Corinth. He came as a friend and coworker in this story.Overall, this was such a great story from Tessa and I highly recommend it to all!
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  • Martha
    January 1, 1970
    When you read biblical fiction, there are always spoilers. However, this book since this was a less commonly known character or characters from the bible, it didn't feel that way totally. I loved the history thinking about a Gentile marrying a Jew because of Christianity. The racial divide was pronounced and as I see this often now, with the rampant racism, this book is so applicable for today. The message of allowing Christ's forgiveness of your sins spoke to me, as I read about someone that When you read biblical fiction, there are always spoilers. However, this book since this was a less commonly known character or characters from the bible, it didn't feel that way totally. I loved the history thinking about a Gentile marrying a Jew because of Christianity. The racial divide was pronounced and as I see this often now, with the rampant racism, this book is so applicable for today. The message of allowing Christ's forgiveness of your sins spoke to me, as I read about someone that had committed sin, had flaws and struggled to forgive herself. It is well written, a bit gritty at times, and wholly challenging to my faith. I obtained this book from the publisher. All thoughts contained herein are my own.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    First Initial Thoughts Priscilla is the daughter of a deceased Roman general. She is now under the care of her brother but her brother does not treat her like a sister in a wealthy home. Recently she has been going to the synagogue and is intrigued by the information she learns about God. There she meets a few people and become fast friends. And through those friends, she meets Aquila. I liked Priscilla but felt that she was holding herself back at first. You could tell that she wanted to do First Initial Thoughts Priscilla is the daughter of a deceased Roman general. She is now under the care of her brother but her brother does not treat her like a sister in a wealthy home. Recently she has been going to the synagogue and is intrigued by the information she learns about God. There she meets a few people and become fast friends. And through those friends, she meets Aquila. I liked Priscilla but felt that she was holding herself back at first. You could tell that she wanted to do more with her life but let her past decisions hold her back. Aquila is an older man (in that era 30 is considered old) and owns and operates a leather making business with his uncle, Both of them and their close friends are Christians. Aquila and his friends helped Priscilla learn more about Christ and what he can do for her life. This is also when their relationship started to blossom. I also noted that just within the first few chapters there are a lot of characters in this book! It was hard to keep up at first but as the story went on it got a little easier placing everyone. SettingThis book takes you many places from Rome to Corinth and the many neighborhoods within those cites. It was interesting to learn all the neighborhoods in Rome. It was interesting to note that the wealthy neighborhoods were more on the outskirts of town where they could occupy more land. The most impoverished parts which were more towards the inner city (where the colosseum and other major sites are located today).Final Thoughts Priscilla and Aquila are actual historical figures in history. Through historical records, we know that they met Paul and helped him escape peril. However, we never really knew their backstory as to how they met, got married, etc. I loved that Tessa covered this part. Half of the book I felt was dedicated to them falling in love and adapting to married life. What I really appreciated Tessa writing is about the daily life of being married. When the “honeymoon phase” is over and daily life kicks in. All married couples go through this phase and sometimes lose sight of taking care of each other during busy and difficult times. Into the book, Priscilla and Aquila meet and adopt a little boy named Marcus. I absolutely adored him. I felt so sad for him when I learned of his backstory. I even found it more endearing that Priscilla and Aquila wanted to help him heal from his past. No further spoilers! Tessa spent a lot of time researching this book and including as much accurate information as she could. She did state in the Author note that in the Bible that after some years after Christ died Emperor Claudius expelled all Jews. It is unclear if that meant ALL Jews or non-Roman citizen Jews. So she went with Non-Roman Citizen Jews. Real historical figures were included as well in this story including Senator Pudens, the Emperor, Paul, Rufus, and many more. What really struck me in this book is the symbolism of forgiveness especially towards women. I won’t give too much away but I liked that it emphasized that we are more than our transgressions and sins we had in our past. And once we accept Christ in our lives, we are forgiven. Please Note: I am part of the Velocity/Launch Team for Daughter of Rome. Therefore, I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.
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