Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world.
But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant’s daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.
With only her father’s secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances―along with her father’s precious dye―help her become one of the city’s preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert. Still, Lydia can’t outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Tessa Afshar is one of my favorite authors who brings to live some of the people we encounter in the Bible. From the well-known, such as Ruth, to some that are a little less known which is the case of this novel. Bread of Angels tells a fictional story based on the little that the Bible tells us about Lydia, a dyer of purple cloth.
True to her previous novels, Bread of Angels is a beautifully written story that really does bring to life a moment from the book of Acts and the city of Philippi. The novel is rich with historical details and characters that feel like long lost friends. With a theme of fear running through the pages, this is also a novel that offers encouragement and a message for the soul.
If you are looking for a great novel set in biblical times, Tessa Afshar’s books are worth checking out. And if you had a chance to read Land of Silence, you’ll enjoy catching up with Elianna a bit in this novel. But if you haven’t, don’t worry, this isn’t really a sequel and both books can be read as standalone novels.