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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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Refreshing

I loved it. It renewed me spiritually. Exactly what I needed to get me out of my slums.

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Authors are blessed with creativity.

They have created a work of art with their words. My heart saw God's works and in His works hope, love and forgiveness came alive. It was more than a delightful read. It was a bountiful blessing.

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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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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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Wonderful Story

This was truly an enjoyment to listen to. The story was well written and the narrator had pleasing voice full of emotion. I hung on every word and felt myself being caught up with this story.

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Couldn’t quit listening!

This is my first book to read/listen to by Tessa Afshar. I’m now a huge fan!! Starting on the next one!

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gripping

An excellent story of Faith, hope and love. I couldn't stop listening. I found another author

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Great <br />Absolutely loved this story. The narrator <br />

voive was top notch couldn't stop listening. Tessa bks are in a class by themselfs

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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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Excellent!

This story is well written. Tessa is skillful. The reading was well done. Loved it.

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  • 01-16-18

Brilliant!

Well done yet another wonderful story by Tessa Afshar bringing both character and history to life!