About the Book:
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.
Tessa Afshar is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I have devoured every book of hers as it has become available. I was intrigued to see how she would bring the little known story of Lydia from Acts chapter 16 to life, and Tessa definitely did not disappoint.
From the first pages, I was drawn into the story of Lydia, and could easily relate to her pain and loss. A strong and determined young woman, she was also very vulnerable. She trusted people explicitly, and her heart was easily broken many times as she was deceived for their personal gain or revenge.
I love that many other well known New Testament Bible characters were part of Lydia's story, and were brought to life in a new and exciting way. BREAD OF ANGELS is much more than a fictional story of love, hope, and faith, but it also can speak deeply to the heart of the reader. (I have taken a screen shot of one of my favourite parts.)
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical Biblical fiction based on actual characters. This one is a real winner!
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.