About the Book;
First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption—the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.
After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.
Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future—and very lives—hanging in the balance.
When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for.
The Thief of Corinth has proven to be yet another gem from Tessa Afshar! She successfully builds a suspenseful plot as Ariadne seeks to save her family's legacy and her father's reputation even when her misguided actions put herself and those she loves in danger. There are many sub-plots throughout the story, one of the central ones being Ariadne's growing affection for Justus, her neighbor and brother's best friend from childhood. Afshar develops their relationship slowly that burns within by the end of the novel. Theo's story was touching as well as devastating. An author's note hints that a future novel will continue Theo's story (please, please, please!!!). But my favorite aspect of Afshar's novels is her uncanny ability to portray Biblical characters as real people living their daily lives just like us. Meticulous details about daily life as experienced for this family in Corinth left me feeling as though I was a spectator in the room experiencing the drama, events, and social aspects within the story instead of a mere reader engrossed in a captivating tale of a brave heroine. Paul's introduction to the story and his interactions with the family brought his New Testament writings and persona to life making him and Jesus's teachings relatable for our daily lives. Another five star performance by Afshar!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required but was voluntary and contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work.
Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel Land of Silence was voted by Library Journal as one of top five Christian fiction titles of 2016 and won the INSPY Award for General Fiction. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. Her book Harvest of Rubies was a finalist for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category. In 2011, after publishing her first novel, Pearl in the Sand, Tessa was named New Author of the Year in the FamilyFiction-sponsored Reader’s Choice Awards. Tessa lived in the Middle East for the first fourteen years of her life. She then moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States. She holds an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship. But that has not cured her from being exceptionally fond of chocolate. Contact Tessa at tessaafshar.com or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTessaAfshar/
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