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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.

In this transformative tale of historical fiction, best-selling author Tessa Afshar brings to life the kingdom of Cush and the Roman Empire, introducing listeners 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. 

©2021 Tessa Afshar (P)2021 Recorded Books

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  • Jacqueline
  • 04-06-2021

Caution the narrator is HORRIBLE!

I’m a big fan of Tessa Afshar so I preordered this book and couldn’t wait to listen. The voice the narrator used for the main character is so bad it actually hurt my ears sometimes. I thought at the beginning it was a little girl and she would grow up and her voice would change, nope! Ugh I pushed through the story because it was good but I had to stop and walk away her voice felt like fingernails on a chalk board. I’m hoping it’s just me but I don’t think so. I think they should re-record it, it’s that painful! I don’t know why the narrator couldn’t use her normal voice? She has a nice voice why make it a squeaky, annoying baby voice? Looking forward to seeing if anyone else feels the same way. The story was great.

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  • Molly Audiss
  • 17-06-2021

Wonderfully Written! Love this author….but….Awkward Narration

I pre-ordered this book because Tessa Afshar is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are so well-written and heart-felt, as well as well-researched! But the narration was a disappointment. I wish I had read the book, instead. The narrator is talented. Her voice is pleasant; even the voices she uses for male characters is fine. But the high, screechy voice and over-emphasis she uses on the leading females voices is terribly annoying! The leading character sounds like a whiney toddler. It almost ruined the book for me. My teen sons cannot even stand to hear the book read; they ask me to turn it off when they came in the room because of the voices used for female characters are so over-dramatic. I highly recommend reading this book over listening to it. The story is worth it!

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  • Idletime51
  • 11-06-2021

Narration is unacceptable

I love Tessa Afshar’s books but the narrator was so irritating and squeaky with most of the women that it totally ruined the story. I wish I had bought the book instead of the audio!

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  • laura cassens
  • 18-07-2021

Distracting narrator

It was difficult to follow the story because of the voices used for some of the characters especially the main character. She was portrayed with a squeaky shrill voice. I couldn’t finish the book because of it.

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  • Yapsters
  • 05-07-2021

Tessa Afshar does it again!

I loved this book. I loved the storyline, the narrator and the message. I’m sad that I read it so fast. I’m also sad there isn’t another Tessa Afshar masterpiece waiting for me now that I have finished this latest book.

I hate to give spoilers for books and movies, so I’ll just say get it! Get all of her other books while you’re at it!

Thank you Tessa!

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  • Traci
  • 29-06-2021

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I struggled with Caroline's voice. Lost some of the story in feeling annoyed at her tone.

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  • Anna
  • 21-06-2021

Okay Story but narrator screeches

I really liked Tessa’s first book Pearl in the Sand, but this felt like she was just full filling a contract. There were some good parts but it didn’t have any true depth, more like she was just going though the motions.
The worst part was the narration for most of the women, it often left me wincing, their voices were very high pitched and screechy. The men’s voices were nicely done, and so was the Queen’s.

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  • Doris M Ferrel
  • 12-06-2021

Jewel of the Nile.

Did not find story believable at times and found Caroline’s voice irritating especially when described as low.

Not Tessa Afshar’s best.

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  • Debbie
  • 11-06-2021

Good story, good performance.

Really looked forward to another Tessa Afshar book and she did not disappoint! Although there was less focus on God and more on cruel earthly circumstances, it was still a good story with a good ending.

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  • Jack012796
  • 09-06-2021

Excellent! Tessa Afshar has done it again.

I loved this book. It was a great character development of Theo from "Thief of Corinth"

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