Nashville, TN (June 7, 2021)
Award-winning historical fiction author Tessa Afshar continues to bring biblical times brilliantly to life in her latest novel, Jewel of the Nile, a tale inspired by the Ethiopian eunuch, one of the first Gentiles to be baptized in the book of Acts. Jewel of the Nile presents Afshar’s first African protagonist, Chariline, a young woman wrestling with the scars of her childhood as she embarks on a journey to discover the identity of her father. In this transformative tale, Tessa Afshar brings to life the kingdom of Cush and the Roman Empire, introducing readers to a fascinating world filled with gripping adventure, touching romance, and a host of lovable characters—including some they may recognize from the biblical book of Acts.

Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of biblical and inspirational historical fiction. She holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University, where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. After working in women’s ministry for nearly twenty years, Tessa became a full-time writer and speaker. Tessa and her husband live in New England, where they proudly tend their mediocre garden.

Jewel of the Nile
Tessa Afshar
Tyndale House
Genres: Historical, Biblical, Romance
Release Date: June 1, 2021

ISBN-10 : 1496428757
ISBN-13 : 978-1496428752

Book Summary:
Whispered secrets about her parents’ past take on new urgency for Chariline as she pays one last visit to the land of her forefathers, the ancient kingdom of Cush.

Raised as an orphan by her aunt, Chariline has only been told a few pieces of her parents’ tragic love story. Her beautiful dark skin is proof that her father was Cushite, but she knows nothing else. While visiting her grandfather before his retirement as the Roman official in the queen’s court, Chariline overhears that her father is still alive, and discovering his identity becomes her obsession. Both her grandfather and the queen have reasons for keeping this secret, however, and forbid her quest. So when her only clues lead to Rome, Chariline sneaks on the ship of a merchant trusted by friends.

Theo is shocked to discover a stowaway on board his vessel and determines to be rid of her as soon as possible. But drawn in by Chariline’s story, he feels honor- bound to see her safely to shore, especially when it appears someone may be willing to kill for the truth she seeks.

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About The Author

Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of several historical novels. In 2011, Tessa was named New Author of the Year by FamilyFiction's Reader's Choice Awards. s Choice Awards. Tessa was born in Iran and lived there 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 permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship. She serves part-time on the staff of one of the oldest churches in America. But that has not cured her from being exceptionally fond of chocolate.