About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, November 6, 2023

The Peasant King by Tessa Afshar

The Peasant King

Jemmah has always thought of herself as perfectly ordinary . . . until she faces extraordinary circumstances.

When her mother, the Persian king's famous senior scribe, is kidnapped, Jemmah and her sister must sneak undetected into enemy territory to rescue her. But infiltrating their adversary's lands proves easier than escaping them. Fleeing through dangerous mountain passes, their survival depends on the skills of a stranger they free from prison: a mysterious prince named Asher.

Asher is not who the world believes he is. Despite his royal blood, he has had to climb his way out of poverty to forge success from nothing. A manufacturer of some of the best weaponry in the East, Asher has only one goal: to destroy his father. But following his escape from prison, Asher is irresistibly drawn to Jemmah, unaware that she guards her own secret.

Jemmah must convince Asher to give up everything he has worked for, all for the sake of a higher purpose he's not sure he believes in. The fate of the Persian empire--and possibly the Judean people--hang in the balance and in the persuasive power of one ordinary woman.

Bestselling author Tessa Afshar delivers another adventurous novel filled with romance and imagination, reminding readers of what Publishers Weekly calls her "amazing talent for packing action and intrigue into the biblical setting for modern readers."
Full-length historical romance novel set in biblical times
Compelling, clean romance
Can be read as a standalone or as a companion to The Hidden Prince

Includes discussion questions for book groups



I loved this amazing story that swept me away to the early years of King Cyrus's reign in Persia! Author Tessa Afshar kept me fully engaged in Cyrus's efforts to free the Israelites from captivity and it's apparent that she spent countless hours researching this time in Bible history. Her ability to weave facts with fiction has never been better, and the result is a riveting chronicle laced with biblical truths, historical details, and an encouraging reminder that none of us are insignificant in God's eye!

The Peasant King has so many of the elements that I love in a story, including adventure, drama, and well-defined characters. We've met Keren, Jared, and Cyrus before, but the main focus is on Jemmah and Asher. Alone, they are fantastic, but together, they become a magical duo! I admire Jemmah's bravery, Asher's ingenuity, and the faith that they both possess. Yes, there's tantalizing romantic tension between them but their mutual respect and their humorous banter make their attraction even more appealing!

This book is a sequel to The Hidden Prince, but it can certainly be considered a standalone. The Peasant King is a five-star read for me and I highly recommend it to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel Daughter of Rome was a Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestseller. Land of Silence won an INSPY Award and was voted by Library Journal as one of the top five Christian fiction titles of 2016. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious Christy Award in the Historical Romance category, Harvest of Rubies was a finalist for the ECPA Christian Book Award in the fiction category, and Thief of Corinth was an Inspy Award finalist. Tessa also recently released her first bible study and DVD called The Way Home: God’s Invitation to New Beginnings, based on the book of Ruth.

Tessa was born to a nominally Muslim family in the Middle East and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She then moved to England, where she survived 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 at the Divinity School. She worked in women’s and prayer ministries for nearly twenty years before becoming a full-time writer. Tessa speaks regularly at national women’s events. She is a devoted wife, mediocre tomato grower, and chocolate connoisseur. 

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