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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.

©2017 Tessa Afshar (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Twists and Turns

This book is worth it. I thought it would cross the line towards cringeworthy but Tessa knows how to toe the line without crossing it. Over the course of 20 years you are thrown into the world of Lydia. This book does an amazing job following the story of Lydia in the book of Acts. It renews your faith in God. Great read!!!!!!!!!

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  • Marva
  • Gaithersburg, MD, United States
  • 10-15-17

Bread of Angels

Loved the book, loved the narrator - awesome read. Kept me totally engaged. Felt like I had a VIP seating at the largest grand auditorium of the world.
Cheers to Ms. Afshar...great writer and storyteller. 🔥

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I really wanted to like it

I really wanted to like this book, but it is painfully stupid. The dialogue is insipid, and requires the listener to be convinced that the characters were fluent English speakers. I think I’ve made it nearly to the end of the childhood flashback, but I don’t think I can slog along any further. The narrator has a lovely voice and accent.

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this book is great.

anyone that reads this book will be smiling at the end its a beautiful and powerful story and it will bring you closer to God.

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Awful Narrator

I read the book and fell in love with Lydia’s story that I thought owning it on audio would be perfect for my early morning commute to the city. Then I hit play and heard the most awful narrator ever!!! A British accent ....like, are you kidding me?? The characters in the New Testament were British citizens, right????

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tessa never disappoints

Loved it... Amazing story of Lydia. TessaTessa's beautiful way with words make the reader feel the biblicial fictious reasons behind these great women in the bible for turning to God may have happened that way

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I Loved This!!!!

I am a huge fan of her work. She crafts beautiful and rich stories. I am always drawn in by the intrigue and compelling characters. I have read all her stories and I can't wait for the next one.

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IMHO, the worst of Tessa Afshar's books because...

...of the descriptions of animal abuse, which is completely unnecessary to the story, is not uplifting or inspirational, and completely detracted from the love of God in Christ Jesus and Lydia's story. Lydia has a lot of hardships in life, as do we all, but the cruelty and hardness of heart of the ones who hurt her and hurt other people could have been described in a different way.

Narrator is good, and story is good otherwise.

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I don't like it

when authors mix truth with fiction. The bible is true. When authors use fictional characters and mix them with characters in the bible this is confusing. I like fiction but don't mix it with truth. I don't want to fill my head with stories that intertwine with the truth of God's word. That is why I didn't continue reading this book. The individual in this book didn't know the apostle Paul but is portrayed as if she does.
I do like the narrators voice.

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Lovely book

This was a fun book. A little lesson for our soul and characters you will love and hate. Thanks Tessa for another great job. Can't wait till I meet your next one

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